All Inclusive Mexico Vacation
Ideas, Tips and Recommendations
Wondering about an all inclusive Mexico vacation? Here's an example. The Ocean Maya resort near Cancun is currently offering:
- All food, national drinks (Mexican beer and tequila) and snacks
- Evening entertainment and theme nights
- Non-motor water Sports
- Transport to Playa del Carmen (twice daily, reservation required)
The cost for this package is $45.00 per person per night. (Note: good though December 23 and must be booked through Travelticker. Even with taxes and miscellaneous charges, that's still an amazing deal.
Prices like these are available in many parts of Mexico. There are 20% off packages to Mexico City, and trips to popular Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast with a 40% discount...all inclusive.
But far and away the best all inclusive Mexico vacation deals are found on the Yucatan peninsula: Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.
To some extent, this is the result of competition. The are has a lot of hotels. But recently, fears about gang-related violence in other parts of Mexico, the swine flu and the economy, have lowered the number of tourists coming to Mexico in the first place. During peak times (December 23 - January 2, or during Holy Week, for example), it still pays to be flexible: you may not find the exact room you're looking for in the property you want. But at almost any other time of year, it's a buyers market.
Tips for Choosing an All Inclusive Mexico Vacation Package
First of all, don't let price alone determine your decision. While many of these bargains are the result of competition and the marketplace, some are simply because the hotels themselves are sub-standard and are having trouble filling their rooms. Properties in a popular vacation destinations take a beating, even if they are not invaded by crazed college kids on Spring Break. Even a new hotel can soon look a little dog-eared.
Here are a few simple things you can do to help you choose the right all inclusive Mexico vacation package.
Check out the website. Most hotels nowadays have their own website. You may not find it at the top of the first page of search results on Google. The first page of search results will probably feature links to travel aggregators and big companies like Expedia and TripAdvisor, but chances are it's out there somewhere.
Look at the details of the all-inclusive package. Make sure there aren't any extra costs you can't live with. If you have questions, send the management an email. If they don't reply, you have your answer...move on!Look at the photos
. Again, most of these websites include a photo gallery. If not, you have to wonder what they're hiding. Recently, I was researching a property that had several photos of the same bedroom shot from different angles. This left me with the impression is was their only good room!
Read comments from other tourists. Many of the big travel sites include guest comments. This is a great resource. Bear in mind, however, that people are much more likely to complain than praise. Not everyone is going to have a great experience, even at a generally great hotel. Read the criticism carefully and compare it with others on the site. Does it seem reasonable? Could it be the result of special circumstances not likely to occur during your visit? This kind of perspective will help you evaluate the evaluation.
Consult the travel books. Most travel books are relatively unbiased, and because they are written by professionals, their reviews can be trusted. Just remember that not all of these guides serve the same audience. For example, I have a nostalgic attachment to the Lonely Planet series, but I realize that as a 50 something traveler who isn't necessarily looking for the lowest price, I am probably not their intended reader. Find a book that feels like it was written for you, and take their recommendations seriously.
Set up a feed. With Google and other services, it's very easy to set up a news feed that will automatically send you the latest information on just about anything you may be interested in. Plug in the keywords "All Inclusive Mexico vacation" for regular emails with articles, press releases, etc. It's a good way to take advantage of last minute deals or special promotions. This is especially useful if you are flexible about dates and destinations.
For a very comprehensive list of hotels and resorts in the Cancun are offering all inclusive packages, visit our hotel page.
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