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Solmar All-Inclusive Resort and Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Solmar All-Inclusive Resort and Beach Club, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico  (Solmar Hotels and Resorts)

Solmar All-Inclusive Resort and Beach Club
The venerable Solmar manages to stand out even while being surrounded by bigger, newer resorts. This was one of the first hotels to stake a claim in Cabo when the port was still a small fishing destination in the 1970s. This summer, all suites were fitted with new paint, carpeting, and lighting, flat-screen TVs, fresh curtains and linens, and beachfront fire pits. Even with all the new goodies, this all-inclusive Mexico resort still has a quaintness the newer places can’t match, as well as sunset views in winter, a rarity in Cabo’s resorts. You’ll hear ocean waves instead of party revelry on the resort’s quiet beach, but it’s an easy 15-minute walk to the marina if you need more excitement. Put on your poker face—time-share salespeople will be among the first to greet you on arrival. Included in your rate are meals at the resort’s three restaurants (Mexican, American, and Japanese cuisine and a sports bar), including domestic cocktails and a 10 percent discount at affiliated restaurants; in-room beer, soda, water, and coffee; snacks; a daily activities program; three pools; and a fitness center and tennis at the sister resorts. Wi-fi costs extra. Rates start from $72 per person, per night.

Las Brisas Ixtapa
This long-standing favorite tucked up against a tropical mountainside overlooking a secluded beach, is a good choice for travelers who crave privacy while vacationing in Mexico on the cheap. The minimalist, business-like entrance gives way to a warm, contemporary Mexican atmosphere in guestrooms accented by natural wood. The resort’s stair-stepped design, vaguely recalling an Aztec pyramid, provides expansive, well-furnished ocean-view terraces for all 416 rooms. The all-inclusive plan is optional but highly recommended because the five restaurants—ranging from authentic Mexican cuisine to Italian trattoria-style—are expensive, and you don’t have any alternatives within walking distance. Las Brisas is about three miles from Ixtapa’s main beach strip—and from its vendors and high-season crowds. It is a bit of a walk (or a free shuttle ride) from the guestrooms to the beach. Included in your rate are all meals; in-room bottled water, soda, and beer replenished daily; snacks all day; half-price room service; four pools; domestic beverages; a gym; taxes; and gratuities. Lobster, lamb, and shrimp dishes, plus minibar purchases, cost extra. Rates start from $115 per person, per night.

Barceló Huatulco Beach
The stunning beach at Tagolunda Bay, the largest of the nine Bays of Huatulcó, has legions of advocates who maintain that it is Mexico’s most beautiful. The Barceló wouldn’t have to do much beyond providing views of the teal blue water to please most guests, but it offers a wide variety of well-prepared food, generous drinks, and nonstop activities. The 351 guestrooms of this all-inclusive Mexico resort have balconies with views of the ocean, garden, or one of two attractive pools. This is very much a family-oriented resort, so travelers who don’t enjoy youngsters’ bustle and noise might want to choose another place or visit during school months. Included in your rate are all meals at four restaurants, plus snacks; pool towels and lounges; a minibar restocked daily with water, soda, beer, and snacks; evening entertainment; tennis, watersports, and a variety of lessons; a kids’ program; a fitness center; taxes; and tips. Room service costs extra. Rates start from $100 per person, per night.

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