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I recently spent four nights in San Juan, Puerto Rico and had a great time. An even bigger highlight of the trip was the cost.

I never thought I would be able to afford a nice vacation to the Caribbean. I always thought the cost of a trip like that would run a few thousand dollars and I was just not willing to part with that kind of money.

I found a company online that was offering airfare and hotel deals to the Caribbean. The numbers were unbelievable and it seemed like it may have been a bait and switch deal. I discussed it with my other buddies that were going on the trip and we decided to go for it.

I'm happy to say that everything was excellent and we had no problems at all. We flew directly from Atlanta to San Juan on a direct flight via Airtran. Once we got to San Juan, our hotel reservation was at The Ritz Carlton - San Juan.

How much did we pay per person for a round-trip flight and 4 nights at the Ritz? How about an amazing $465 per person!!! I checked with the hotel front desk when we checked out and the regular nightly rate for the hotel is $329 per night.

How much did I spend in total on my trip?
  • Hotel/Airfare - $465.00
  • Food/Drinks - $275.00
  • Taxis - $80.00
  • Souvenirs - $100.00
  • Tips/Misc - $75.00
  • Total Trip Cost - $995.00
My 4 days in paradise cost less than $1000. I think we were able to get such a good deal because we traveled in the off season and the travel industry is hurting because of the slow economy. I think I will start taking a yearly vacation around this time of year.


  1. Financial Samurai // October 10, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

    Ah, I'm SO jealous you got to go on vacation to the Carib! I've been working my butt off since it's a raging bull market now and haven't been able to rest at all.

    Good to hear travel prices aren't creeping up too bad yet.

    Hope to see you at FS one day!

  2. kenyantykoon // October 11, 2009 at 5:50 AM  

    i have never gone to this place but i hear good things. am happy you had a good time and spent so little

  3. Amar // October 11, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

    pretty cool, i would like to go there

  4. Ellie // October 12, 2009 at 4:17 AM  

    OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'm jealous. DAMN living in Australia!