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Travel 101: Beginner’s Guide To Costa Rica

By Laura Lippstone Why is Costa Rica so popular? Is there really some truth to its overhyped motto, pura vida (Spanish, basically meaning the good life)? I was always curious about this slice of Central America, especially after getting sucked into the cheesiest of flicks about a frumpy (of course) librarian who goes there and practically turns into Eva Mendes. I recently had a mere week to finally check it out. I nixed renting a car after being told driving could be treacherous. Very frustrating because there’s much to see. Beaches with varied hues dotting the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Furious volcanoes. Jungle playgrounds for scads of...

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Amtrak’s Auto-Train Saves Money & Miles This Summer

Booking date: May 21st, 2017

Ah, summer travel season is upon us! The excitement of road trips can quickly turn into frustration with the constant stops for gas, food and bathroom breaks. So why not consider Amtrak’s Auto Train and eliminate the travel hassle?  Save nearly 900 miles of driving down the I-95 corridor between the Washington D.C. and Orlando areas. So pack your bags and vehicle (including cars, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, and even small boats or jet-skis!) during Amtrak’s promotional period for a vehicle fare of only $198, which is $50 less than the usual summer fare of $248. Purchase just one regular priced adult ticket, and you can receive 30% off companion rail fare — Good news for small parties and even greater news for families. This special offer allows up to two children ages 2 to 12 travel at half the regular adult fare when accompanied by an adult. Every ticket includes Free Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, dinner and continental breakfast. The Auto Train runs non-stop daily in both directions between Lorton, Va. and Sanford, Fl. While the Auto Train is the longest passenger train in the world with two locomotives and 40-plus passenger rail cars and vehicle carriers, seating is limited. Book through May 21 with the promo code H279 for travel June 1 through August 31. Call 877-SKIP-I-95, go online at or visit a staffed station....

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Families Save On Summer In The Cayman Islands

Booking date: June 30th, 2017

  Looking for an affordable and close-enough summer family vacay? Cayman Islands could be your tropical hot spot with the Summer Only In Cayman promotion, offering a savings of up to 45% off hotels, dining as well as land and sea adventures. Get free nights, complimentary dining for kids and free admission to historic sites. Adults get 20% off diving and watersports excursions. To top it all off,  children can fly half price from JFK on Cayman Airways when traveling with a paying adult. With so many savings to list, check out  for a vacation your family will...

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Miami Beach Summer Stay Includes 25% Off & Breakfast

Booking date: May 31st, 2017

One of Miami Beach’s iconic hotels, the Eden Roc  is offering a summer sale that’s 25% off regular rates.  The deal includes  breakfast for two daily, with rooms starting at $349 per night for travel through the end of September. The promotion, called Eden Roc Extras is available to book through May 31st. Gaining a reputation as a wellness getaway, Eden Roc, situated on the Atlantic ocean, has three pools and more than 18 spa treatment rooms. If you prefer partying over pampering, Eden Roc, on famed Collins Avenue,  is located minutes from Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, South Beach and...

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Bahamas All-Inclusive Sale Makes Travel A Breeze

Booking date: May 15th, 2017

Already thinking of your next trip, post spring break? Here’s a deal that might have you pulling out your wallet sooner than you think. Breezes’ Bahamas on Cable Beach in Nassau is offering a 35% discount for bookings made before May 15th for stays through December 31st. Breezes’ Bahamas is chock full of activities for singles, groups, couples, and families with kids 14 and older. During the day, take part in an array of activities like rock climbing, kayaking, and beach volleyball, or simply relax with a la carte massages and spa treatments. The resort features six dining options,...

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