Five Cheap All-Inclusive Vacations in Mexico
|Cancun, Mexico (Adalberto Rios Szalay/Photodisc)|
Can you afford an all-inclusive resort if you’re trying to vacation in Mexico on the cheap? While claiming an increasingly larger proportion of seaside lodging options south of the border, all-inclusives are pushing the luxury quotient higher. Nightly rates of $450 per person are becoming all too common. The two keys to finding affordable Mexican all-inclusives are to stick with the older, more traditional properties, and to understand that you have to eat all your meals at your resort to get the balance sheet to add up in your favor. We’ve found five resorts where you can spend around $100 per person without making compromises. You won’t get perfection at these rates, but you’ll have a marvelously relaxing vacation without stressing over the damage to your bank account.
An oasis of calm smack in the middle of Cancún’s clamorous entertainment district, the Krystal Cancún takes advantage of its location on Punta Cancún. A panoramic infinity pool skims the shoreline, and each of the resort’s 453 rooms and suites—including some specially designed family units—offers a view of water, either the Caribbean or Nichupté Lagoon. Rooms, renovated in December 2011, include marble floors, flat-screen TVs, and rain showers. The resort’s Discover Cancún program allows you to have a meal out at a local restaurant without parting with any additional pesos. Included in your rate are meals in one of the resort’s three restaurants; domestic and selected international drinks; afternoon and evening snacks; 24-hour room service; access to two pools; recreational activities; watersports; a gym; a 20 percent discount on a massage; and a $10 nightclub discount. Rates start from $100 per person, per night.
Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa
With nearly 1,000 rooms and suites occupying 78 villas set in tropical forest along a white-sand Caribbean beach, this resort is practically a small city unto itself. Rack rates are higher here than at other resorts on our list, but rates are deeply discounted on booking sites. Rooms are considerably larger than average, and just reading the activities menu of this all-inclusive Mexico vacation will wear you out. You’ll be in the middle of a jungle, even though the resort is just 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, so use bug repellant if you don’t want to be a mosquito buffet. Dispensers are strategically placed throughout the property. The Xcalacoco Experience program offers educational eco tours and jungle nature trails with a Maya theme. Ideal for families and nature-lovers, the Sandos Caracol also has an adults-only section for those willing to pay extra. Included in your rate are meals at six onsite restaurants; all-day activities; watersports; bocce ball, tennis, volleyball, and a fitness center; evening entertainment; a kids water park; aerobics classes; and kids’ and teens’ clubs. Extra charges apply for spa treatments and internet access. Rates start from $113 per person, per night.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication