Anyone who's spent time scouring the net for all-inclusive Cancun vacation packages with airfare under $500 knows it's not an easy task. To get a vacation with flights and all meals and drinks for such a low price point is rare — but not impossible.
Since BeachDeals.com is a site specializing in affordable packages — many of them under $500 — we thought we'd share with you our tips for homing in on the budget-friendly vacation of your dreams.
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Consider the off-season
Did you know hotel and airfare rates for Cancun are significantly higher December through April? That's because high season takes place during these months — it's the time of year when thousands of North Americans descend on the Yucatan to escape freezing temperatures and excessive snow drifts. Hotel and airfare rates skyrocket because of this.
Prices begin to drop in May and bottom out in the fall months, so you'll notice package deals are cheapest during these months. Hands down, these are the best times for finding all-inclusive Cancun vacation packages with airfare under $500.
Weather-wise, you can expect hot days in early summer and some rain in the fall months. But overall, it will still be the warm and sunny tropical paradise you crave.
Consider a shorter duration
Nothing drives the cost of a package up more than adding extra days, so to snag the lowest rates, look for three- or four-night all-inclusive Cancun escapes. Planning your trip during the week (Monday through Thursday) will bring costs down, too, as hotel rates are often higher on the weekends.
Check out nearby destinations
If you're not dead-set on staying in the Hotel Zone, Cancun's largest and most popular stretch of all-inclusive resorts, you may be able to find better rates at hotels located just outside of the main tourist area. There's a slew of affordable all-inclusive resorts just south of Cancun, near Puerto Morelos.
And even more options await you in other towns in the Riviera Maya, such as Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Akumal, each with their own personality and flavor. Don't overlook Cozumel, Mexico's island in the Caribbean Sea, home to several affordable all-inclusive resorts.
Choose a different airport
Flying from a major international airport with an expansive network to Mexico and the Caribbean will certainly drive costs down. Live in Milwaukee? Consider taking the train or driving to Chicago to catch a flight from O'Hare or Midway. Live in South Florida? Search packages from Ft. Lauderdale, as the route between this city and Cancun is one of the cheapest you can find.
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