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February 25, 2009

More Sun for the Money

Pico
The lush entrance to Pico Bonito.
Photo: Michael Calderwood

From a Jamaican beachfront bungalow to a jungle lodge in Honduras, Condé Nast Traveler's March issue has got 28 easy-to-reach warm-weather getaways that won't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite green escapes from the story that will get you up close and personal with the great outdoors:

Lodge at Pico Bonito, La Ceiba, Honduras
Price: Doubles, $240-$325
This luxury lodge on 200 acres at the edge of Pico Bonito National Park has 22 elegantly furnished cabins with verandas and hammocks. Each cabin is hidden behind verdant coffee and cacao trees, affording guests complete privacy. For those who require more diversion, there's also an inviting pool, a small spa, and an arm's-length list of outdoor activities. Drop by the on-site butterfly farm or serpentarium, or arrange for guided excursions farther afield, including everything from bird-watching from high up on an observation tower and hiking the rain forest with a naturalist to horseback riding and white-water rafting.
Book: A Superior Plus cabin for air-conditioning (888-428-0221; picobonito.com).
Best for: Adventurous types who want to experience the rain forest at its finest. A must for avid bird-watchers.
Rental car: Required. You'll want a four-by-four to take on the backcountry road into the resort.

For more from this feature, pick up a copy of the March issue, which also features big bargains along Europe's new Riviera.

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