This week's best travel bargains around the globe:
* More than two dozen hotels and resorts throughout Costa Rica are offering fall specials. Promotions include half-price and free-night offers, discounted cross-country packages, free breakfasts and discounted activities. For example, Hotel Arenal Vista Lodge 011-506-2231-4947, www.arenalvistalodge.com), near Arenal Volcano and Lake, is offering half off a second night. Rooms start at $82 per night double, including taxes, so a two-night stay costs $123. Travel by Nov. 30 for the promotion. A list of offers is available from Costa Rica Tourism Board: (866) 267-8274, www.visitcostarica.com.
* The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in southwest Florida has discounted its fall rates. Rooms start at $119 per night Sunday-Thursday and $139 Friday and Saturday; normal rate is $235. Add $12 to $14 per night in taxes. Deal includes free parking and other perks. Additionally, with the special offer, guests who stay three nights receive a fourth night free. Stay through Dec. 23. Info: (800) 237-7600, www.naplesbeachhotel.com.
* Smithsonian Journeys, the Smithsonian Institution's travel program, has discounted its luxury fall foliage cruise to Canada. The Canada's Maritime Provinces and Coastal Maine trip starts at $6,995 per person double (including taxes), a savings of $3,000. Add a $29 Smithsonian membership fee per household. The 100-passenger Clelia II sails from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Gloucester, Mass., stopping in Canada's Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and Maine's Bar Harbor and Portland. Cost includes an on-board study leader and archaeologist, local guides, most meals, open bar, tours and shore excursions, and emergency evacuation insurance. Airfare is not included. Book by Sept. 20; travel Oct. 4-14. Info: (877) 338-8687, www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/
* With China Spree, visit Beijing, Xian and Shanghai in November starting at $1,812 per person double. Cost for the 10-day trip includes round-trip air from Washington on China Air; superior first-class hotel accommodations; 16 meals, including daily American breakfast; guided sightseeing and admissions; some evening entertainment; and local transportation. Cost is $200 less if you pay by check or money order. Booked separately, airfare costs about $1,270 and hotels about $930. Add $170 for a Chinese visa and processing fee. Info: (866) 652-5656, www.chinaspree.com.