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  1. Mexican magic

    An aerial view of Cancun Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula’s Caribbean coast at sunset. Cancun was purposely built as an ideal tourist spot by the Mexican government. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Postcard perfect

    Lounge chairs wait for tenants on the beach at Club Med. There's more to do in Cancun than one person can in one vacation - water sports, fine dining, nightlife, culture and more. (Macduff Everton / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Dance the night away

    Visitors and locals dance at the discotheque in Cancun. (Demetrio Carrasco / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Authentic arts

    Hanging puppets are for sale at one of the many shops in Cancun. (Bob Krist / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Water world

    Snorkelers explore the warm, clear waters of the Xel-Ha Lagoon near Cancun Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Dave G. Houser / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mango Tango

    The facade of the popular Mango Tango Restaurant - famous for its seafood and entertainment - is seen in Quintana Roo, Cancun. After dark, the restaurant turns into one of Cancun's hottest nightspots. (Carl Purcell / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Otherworldly discoveries

    A scuba diver discovers shipwreck debris. (Joe Mcbride / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Pretty in pink

    A town scene on Isla Mujeres in Quintana Roo, Cancun, Mexico. (Nik Wheeler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Sail away

    Sailboats sit on the waters of Isla Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico at sunset. (Nik Wheeler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 11/13/2008 11:59:58 AM ET 2008-11-13T16:59:58

Mexico hasn't been this cheap in 15 years. The only question is where to plan your sunny escape.

Puerto Vallarta, from $61 per room per night
The Hotel Eloisa has a Third Night Free promotion: an air-conditioned room with a TV for $61 per room per night, or $122 for the required three-night stay (you only pay for the first two nights). The 77-room hotel is about 20 minutes from the airport, and some rooms have views of Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre mountains. Don't need the TV or A/C? Rooms start at $51 per night without these amenities.

When: Through Dec. 23, 2008. Blackout dates are Nov. 14-16.

Details: All taxes included. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $56 per room per night. Ask for Third Night Free offer. Breakfast not included.

Contact: 322/222-6465, hoteleloisa.com.

Mazatlán, from $82 per room per night
The Honeymoon & Romance package at the El Cid Castilla Beach resort includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite (at the junior suite price) and a bottle of champagne in the room. Your suite will have a living area and a private balcony, with a pool or ocean view. The resort is along Castilla Beach in Mazatlán. Upgrade to the all-inclusive plan for $91 more per night.

When: Through Dec. 20, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 18 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Breakfast not included.

Contact: 888/733-7308, elcid.com.

Cancún, from $114 per room per night
Online booking agency Vacation Express has a ton of last-minute deals for Cancún. One that caught our attention: The Oasis Cancun includes accommodations; unlimited meals, snacks, and alcoholic drinks; and complimentary use of kayaks, sailboats, golf courses, tennis courts, and the on-site disco. The hotel is about 25 minutes from the airport. Rates start at $114 per room per night.

When: Through Dec. 20, 2008.

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Details: All taxes and gratuities are included. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy starts at $113 per room per night. Note that Vacation Express can add airport transfers from $10 per person and can also book round-trip airfare.

Contact: 800/309-4717, vacationexpress.com.

Cozumel, from $127 per room per night
The spa credit package at the all-inclusive Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa includes accommodations and a $100 spa credit at the on-site Islanders Spa. The 312-room beachfront resort is on the south side of the island (about 25 minutes from the airport). All meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and sodas are included; the hotel has four restaurants and three bars. Rates start at $127 per room per night, or $381 for the required three-night stay.

When: Through Dec. 23, 2008.

Details: Includes all taxes. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Requires a three-night stay.

Contact: 877/999-3223, wyndham.com.

Ixtapa, from $170 per room per night
The Tesoro Resort in Ixtapa has some good rates for families from now through the spring. Rates for an all-inclusive vacation for a family of four start at $170 per room per night, including accommodations, food, nonalcoholic drinks, daily entertainment and activities, activities at the Corsarios Kids' Club, and one free room service delivery per day. The resort is located along the Playa del Palmar strip in Ixtapa.

When: Through April 30, 2009.

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Details: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Children under 12 stay for free; children ages 13 to 17 are charged the adult rate.

Contact: 866/998-3767, tesororesorts.com.

Los Cabos, from $217 per room per night
The Fiesta Americana Grand in Los Cabos provides guests with a $200 resort credit per reservation good toward food, beverages, and spa services. The 250-room resort is near a beach on the tip of Baja California. Rooms have private balconies and views of the Gulf of California. Rates start at $217 per room per night, or $651 for the required three-night stay.

When: Through Feb. 15, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 24 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Three-night minimum stay required.

Contact: 800/343-7821, fiestaamericana.com.

Note that U.S. citizens will need a valid passport for travel to Mexico. For more on what to expect, visit Mexico's official tourism site and the U.S. State Department's travel fact sheet.

Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

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