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Cancun is much like heaven on earth. Luckily for your wallet, this isn’t like the ancient Egyptians’ version of heaven: It won’t cost your weight in gold to visit. Choose your budget and the type of hotel you want — beachfront or on the lagoon, large or small, whatever your flavor — and go. Let the sweet smell of the salty ocean (and this list of cheap, quality Cancun hotels) be your guide.

All prices reflect a one-night stay on a random mid-week date in August, quoted at the time of writing.

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Hotel Bahía Chac Chi, $89 a night

What: A contemporary hotel with an outdoor pool next to the bar, ocean-view balconies, free internet and breakfast.

Why: IslaMujeres just off the coast of Cancun and is known for its scuba diving, snorkeling and Mayan history, and this hotel is right in the heart of it.

Most Cancun thing about it: The light-filled rooms open up to balconies with sweeping views of the turquoise waters of The Mujeres Bay. Colorful boats can be seen bobbing in the surf below.

 

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Cabanas Maria del Mar, $78 a night

What: A 73-room hotel on the beautiful Playa del Norte.

Why: An onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and room service, plus you’re just a couple miles from Dolphin Discovery and Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park. 

Most Cancun thing about it: The rooms may be minimal, but the perks are not—besides a sauna and outdoor pool, this property offers onsite massages and facials. And the hotel’s beach is populated with palm trees, giving perfect shade for the hammocks and lounges placed around.

 

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La Villa du Golf á Cancun, $106 a night

What: An intimate 5-room hotel with private balconies, a pool and complimentary breakfast

Why: The hotel may not be beachfront, but it’s in Zona Hotelera, which is packed with hotels and resorts. That means delicious dining and partying options abound.

Most Cancun thing about it: The stunning outdoor pool nestled in a lush garden. And the location is ripe for both bar-hopping and beach-bumming, since you can walk to plenty of both.

 

Cool Cancun hotels you can actually afford - Hotel Playa la Media Luna's beautiful balconies

 

Hotel Playa la Media Luna, $91 a night

What: An 18-room hotel with private balconies, an onsite bar and free WiFi and breakfast.

Why: Besides the beach you’ll be able to see from your room, this hotel is walking distance from one of the best beaches on Isla Mujeres: Playa del Norte. Meaning windsurfing, snorkeling andecotours are not far either.

Most Cancun thing about it: Garrafon Natural Reef Park is known worldwide for its breathtaking reefs and all the snorkeling, kayaking and hiking that you could want. This hotel shares a side of the island with the park.

Cool Cancun hotels you can actually afford - Beach Hotel Na Balam's outdoor deck

 

Beach Hotel Na Balam, $120 a night

What: A 31-room beachfront hotel on Isla Mujeres

Why: The hotel has a waterfront spa and a beachfront restaurant and bar, where you can TK.

Most Cancun thing about it: Free beach cabanas and onsite yoga classes. Plus, Its location on the northern tip of Isla Mujeres puts it close to activities like parasailing and skydiving, as well as Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park.

 Cool Cancun hotels you can actually afford - Aloft Cancun's patio

 

Aloft Cancun, $129 a night

What: A stylish, 177-room hotel in Cancun’s Zona Hotelera with a gorgeous outdoor pool and free WiFi.

Why: There’s a snack kitchen that guests can help themselves to 24/7. And a poolside bar.

Most Cancun thing about it: The hotel is a three-minute walk from the beach, but the hotel has bike rentals if you want to venture farther. If not, you can always head to the onsite bars and restaurant, where the dress code is mercifully casual.

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With an ocean view room, you're always steps away from the beach.

By Vince Font

As an avid traveler, I’m willing to go to any lengths to find those elusive travel deals — even if it means sacrificing sleep. Lately, I’ve been Googling one phrase on my laptop: cheap Cancun hotels. Granted, it’s a phrase that has always stirred mixed feelings for me. On one hand, it’s a luxury destination for those with a lot more butter on their bread than me. On the other, it’s raises fuzzy memories of past college spring break vacations. Ambivalence aside, my hunt produced one true diamond in the rough:  Barcelo Costa Cancun All Inclusive Resort, which had an amazing nightly rate. While I thought I might be in a dream, I knew I couldn’t pass up such a great deal on a cheap Caribbean vacation.

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Enjoy oceanview rooms on a shoestring budget at the InterContinental Presidente Cancun.

By Nina Gass

You survived the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season, spreading gifts and good cheer to everyone you know. There’s no need to wait for a spring break vacation — now is the time to treat yourself to a cheap vacation. Grab your SPF and your new swimsuit, and escape to a place where it’s always summer: Mexico. For exotic getaways that won’t break the bank, take your pick from these top three cheap Mexico vacations:

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By Vince Font

GR Solaris Cancun Resort & Spa- All Inclusive

GR Solaris Cancun Resort & Spa-All Inclusive.

It’s my opinion that an awful lot more people would travel if they only knew about the killer deals that can be found by doing just a little bit of homework. Take, for example, Cancun vacations at all-inclusive Cancun hotels.

For a terrific last-minute deal, book your trip by June 30, 2010, and you can stay at the GR Solaris Cancun Resort & Spa for up to 40% off per night. Did I mention this 4-star resort is also an all inclusive? Or that right now, kids can stay and eat for free? This means you can escape on an exotic getaway (with or without the kids) to a beautiful Cancun resort where everything is included, for a lot less than you’d expect.

The rooms are spacious and casually elegant, with balconies and ocean views in most, and lagoon and garden views available even in the Super Saver rooms. If you’re the try-everything-once type that I am, you’ll probably find great excitement in the resort’s five restaurants and three bars located on hotel grounds. And although this is one Cancun hotel you won’t have to leave in order to have a good time, a mere 60-cent bus ride will deliver you into downtown where you can exorcise those shop-a-holic demons. Continue reading

Tagged: Beach, Family, FREE!, Limited-time Offers, Mexico

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Even if you’re on a budget, you can make travel plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. CheapTickets has unveiled the top five cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations and nearby destination alternatives for cheap New Year’s Eve hotels.

From big cities to the beach, you can join the party and save big on your travel budget by staying just a little bit further from the action. The top New Year’s Eve destinations and cheap hotel alternatives are based on hotel bookings on CheapTickets for arrivals December 27-31, 2008. Check out the average daily rates for the big cities versus the alternatives.

TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE DESTINATIONS AND ALTERNATIVES FOR CHEAP HOTELS

  1. Las Vegas Strip $154.50 / Las Vegas off-Strip $137.42
  2. New York City $256.53 / Newark, NJ $80.95
  3. Orlando, FL $93.43 / Kissimmee $75.32
  4. Cancun, Mexico $289.74 / Cozumel $165.71
  5. Miami Beach $197.22 / Ft. Lauderdale $91.81

LAS VEGAS STRIP/OFF-STRIP: If you’re planning to ring in 2009 in Las Vegas, booking one of the Las Vegas hotels off the Strip can save you up to 11 percent. Just take a quick cab ride downtown to partake in the New Year’s fireworks and live music on the Strip and at the Fremont Experience.

NEW YORK CITY/NEWARK: Newark is just a short train ride from Times Square, so you can take the train to see the ball drop and save an average of 68 percent on your hotel room.

MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE: Miami’s New Year’s Eve celebration is better than ever with Bayfront
Park’s free fireworks show, the annual Big Orange Festival — which
drops a 35-foot orange ball to a laser show and fireworks. Stay in one of the Fort Lauderdale hotels just 30 minutes away and celebrate average hotel savings of 53 percent.

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The holiday travel season is fast approaching, and if you’re planning to head out of town for Thanksgiving or take a Christmas vacation, take note: CheapTickets has identified the top 10 holiday travel destinations for 2008.

The list includes a mix of big cities and beach vacation destinations, with Florida and Mexico cities grabbing the most spots. According to CheapTickets’ data, Las Vegas hotels are the most popular for holiday travel, while travelers also have booked plenty of rooms in New York hotels and Cancun hotels.

Travel deal alert: Average rates are less than $100 at Las Vegas hotels, Orlando hotels and Fort Lauderdale hotels.

Check out these popular travel spots and average daily hotel rates.

CheapTickets’ 10 Most Popular Holiday Getaways
1. Las Vegas / $97.74 6. Riviera Maya, Mexico / $284.21
2. New York City / $273.95 7. Miami, Fla. / $134.49
3. Cancun, Mexico / $194.62 8. Chicago, Ill. / $135.52
4. Orlando, Fla. / $83.80 9. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / $87.02
5. Oahu, Hi. / $151.08 10. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico / $155.18

The data is based on the average price for all hotel bookings on CheapTickets compared to the listed destinations for arrivals November 24 – December 31, 2008.

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By Heather Leisman

This week’s Deal of the Day is in Playa Del Carmen, a popular travel destination along Mexico’s Riviera Maya south of Cancun.

One of the Playa Del Carmen hotels we’re highlighting is the three-star Magic Express Hotel. Right now the hotel is offering 25% off its regular rates. I found discounted rates of just $50 a night October 1-3.

Plus, with the CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale, you can save an extra $100 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more. Just book your vacation by November 23, 2008 and travel through March 31, 2009.

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Heather Leisman is senior director of merchandising at CheapTickets.

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Flights and hotels are on sale this fall with CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale.

Travelers can get a free $100 coupon for qualifying flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more to destinations in Florida, California, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Just use promotional code FALLBEACH100 and book by November 23.

So while summer may be over, you can still hit the beach. Maybe you’ve always wanted to surf the waves at Waikiki Beach. Pick one of the Oahu hotels and book your Hawaii vacation. Or, choose one of your favorite San Diego hotels and enjoy the beaches, dining and shopping in sunny Southern California.

You could find a cheap airfare to Cancun and have a relaxing Mexico vacation, or travel to a new island in the Caribbean. With the Fall Beach Sale, you’ll save $100 on a beach vacation four nights or longer to great warm-weather destinations. The sale is good for travel through March 31, 2009, so plan now, and you could be on beach even when it’s cold at home.

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Finding cheap hotels just got easier. CheapTickets has identified ten beach vacation destinations where you can get great rates on hotels this fall.

CheapTickets’ Fall 2008 Off-Season Deals include top vacation spots in Florida, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean . You could take the family to Orlando, explore historic downtown Puerto Rico or enjoy the beautiful beaches and lush landscape of Maui. So if the fall chill starts to make you miss summer weather, just check out the low rates at hotels in these hot spots.

The top ten off-season destinations and average daily hotel rates in the table below are based on hotel bookings on CheapTickets for travel from August 18 through December 17, 2008.

Top Fall 2008 Off-Season Travel Destinations
1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / $77.91 6. Riviera Maya, Mexico / $219.25
2. Miami, Fla. / $110.10 7. Maui, Hi / $177.46
3. Puerto Rico / $143.27 8. San Diego, Calif. / $111.32
4. Cancun, Mexico / $166.13 9. Jamaica / $172.44
5. Orlando, Fla. / $69.03 10. Oahu, Hawaii / $129.10

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AalogoWant cheap tickets to Mexico? How about a Caribbean vacation? CheapTickets and American Airlines can help.

American has Mexico and the Caribbean on sale with cheap flights to your favorite tropical destinations. Look at these sample airfares:

  • Chicago to Aruba — $292
  • Denver to Grand Cayman — $401
  • Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta — $289
  • Washington to St. Maarten — $251
  • Charlotte to Cancun — $360

Fares are good for travel September 2 through December 10, 2008 and don’t include taxes and fees. This airfare sale runs though July 31, so plan your fall vacation now and save.

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Tagged: Flights, FREE!, International, Limited-time Offers