Why Mexico Resorts Are Still a Great Deal
Mexico is the second most visited foreign destination for Canadians, but the dwindling loonie has left many wondering if it remains a good option for a winter getaway. Below, we make the case that there's still great value to be found -- if you know where to look.
The Costa Sur Resort & Spa has oceanfront rooms along a private beach at more than half off. Most dates into spring are $121 per night including breakfast and activities for two. Because it's not all-inclusive, you have the freedom to dine off-site and bank additional savings.
The well-reviewed El Cid Castilla Beach is $196 per night through April -- an all-inclusive rate for two which works out to $98 per guest, per night. Don't leave without visiting the old town, "a picturesque compendium of noble 19th-century buildings and pretty plazas" according to Lonely Planet.
Playa Del Carmen
At $285 per night, weekdays through April, the Thompson Playa del Carmen is our most expensive pick -- but you're saving 50% on the newest, most hyped luxury hotel in a posh resort town. It's worth a look if only to drool over photos of the stylish rooms and rooftop infinity pool.
These deals don't include air, but that's not a bad thing. Unlike package vacations, you're not forced to stay five or seven nights and can tailor the duration to your preferences and budget. You have the flexibility to choose the cheapest flights and collect air miles.
Note: Prices above are in Canadian dollars. They were accurate at time of writing but may change slightly if the exchange rate fluctuates.