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  1. Tempting Tulum

    The Mayan City of Tulum, Mexico is located on the Caribbean Sea coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Ml Sinibaldi / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. View from Palenque

    Tourists sit atop a pyramid in Palenque, set in the foothills of the Tumbal mountains of Chiapas Mexico. (Marco Ugarte / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Blessings in Chiapas

    A tzotzil child walks in front of the church of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas. (Matias Recart / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Luxury in Puerto Vallarta

    The terrace on the Celestial Suite is seen at Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ancient stories

    This photo shows details of a Maya stone, relating the coming to power of governor Sir Jupiter Humenate and dated 613 AC, found in Tonina, Ocosingo, Chiapas. (Janet Schwartz / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mexico magic

    Mexico City, the capital city of the nation of Mexico. (Diego Goldberg / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Musical Mexico

    A mariachi band play on a punt at the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Cool Cancun

    Cancun, Mexico is ranked as one of the top international vacation destinations. The beaches of Cancun have been completely restored following damage caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Travelers will find its newly renovated resorts, restaurants, beaches and attractions better and even more accessible than ever. (Business Wire) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Isla bonita

    The ferry landing on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Isla Mujeres is a tiny island mere miles from the Yucatan coast, and feels a world away from Cancun's hustle and bustle. Isla Mujeres, thriving in its own tourism, manages to maintain the feeling of a small fishing village. (Anja Schlein / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Soccer and bullfights

    Estadio Azul (left), a soccer stadium; and Plaza Mexico, the world's largest bullring, in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Azure Cortez

    People kayak in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. (Terry Prichard / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/10/2008 10:02:56 AM ET 2008-03-10T14:02:56

The Real Deal: Five nights' accommodations, tank dives, unlimited shore diving, and transfers, from $619 per person — including taxes.

When: Through April 9, 2008.

The fine print: Hotel taxes and service charges, round-trip transfers, two tank dives a day for four days, unlimited shore dives, and a 20 percent discount at Nach Cocom Beach Club are included. Breakfast is available for an additional $7 per person per day. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $590. Airfare is not included. Read these guidelinesbefore you book any Real Deal.

Contact: Caradonna Dive Adventures, 800/328-2288, caradonna.com.

Why it's a deal: Regular rates at Hotel Casa del Mar start from $139 per room, based on double or single occupancy, through April 9, 2008. So booking accommodations independently for five nights would cost about $347 per person, based on two adults sharing a double room, or about $69 per person per night. For an additional $272 per person, Caradonna's package will cover the five-night stay as well as round-trip airport-hotel transfers, tank and shore dives, and taxes.

Trip details: The packageincludes five nights' ocean-view accommodations at the 106-room Hotel Casa del Mar Cozumel, two and a half miles south of downtown San Miguel. Each guest room is air-conditioned and features cable TV and a private bath with a shower. Some rooms also come with racks for diving equipment.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with an adjacent restaurant and bar, a Jacuzzi, tennis courts, and a beach area with palapas. The property is also home to Del Mar Aquatics, a fully equipped dive facility complete with a large fleet of custom dive boats. Guests will also have access to the Nachi Cocom Beach Club, about five minutes south of the hotel.

While diving is abundant, sightseeing is rather limited on this 189-square-mile island made up of a mostly undeveloped inland territory, marked by rocky outcrops and swampy lagoons. History buffs will appreciate the remaining Mayan archeological sites, including San Gervasio, a sacred Mayan center a short drive from San Miguel, and El Caracol in the Parque Punta Sur ecological reserve.

If you'd like to extend your stay at Hotel Casa del Mar, expect to pay $120 per person per night. For more tips on what to do in the area, visit the Web sites of the Cozumel Promotion Board and the Mexico Tourism Board.

Before you go, you can find the latest exchange rate, the local time, and the weather forecastat BudgetTravel.com.

Getting there: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares to Cozumel in late March are $360 from Houston (multiple carriers), $395 from Miami (US Airways/Mexicana), $430 from L.A. (US Airways/Mexicana), $454 from New York City (US Airways/Mexicana), and $536 from Chicago (US Airways/Continental).

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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