Photos: Marvelous Mexico

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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 3/11/2009 10:36:56 AM ET 2009-03-11T14:36:56

The deal
Looking for an affordable beach getaway this spring? You’ll find some of the best deals in Mexico and the Dominican Republic with recession-friendly rates at top-of-the-line resorts. Read on for details.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from $100 a night
Situated on the white-sand beaches of Playa Bavaro, this adults-only resort offers high-end accommodations on the Dominican Republic’s gorgeous coastline. A free shuttle transports guests to the nearby 18-hole championship golf course at the Catalonia Caribe Golf Club where green fees for hotel guests start at $80 for 18 holes and $50 for nine.

Other resort highlights include a private beach area, swimming pools, tennis and paddle courts, free non-motorized water sports, spa, gym, Turkish baths and sauna room.

All-inclusive rates start at $100/night from May 1 through June 30 and range from $115/night to $189/night from now through the end of April.

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Xpu-Ha, Mexico, from $113 a night
This adults-only all-inclusive resort after Xpu-Ha on the pristine coastline of Mexico’s Maya Riviera, has 288 guestrooms and junior suites, and a state-of-the-art spa equipped with hydrotherapy tanks and massage tubs.

Guests can also choose to learn how to scuba dive with a complimentary lesson. At night, unwind at any of the four different resort bars and dine at any of six restaurants offering everything from Italian to local Mexican cuisine.

All-inclusive rates range between $113 and $180, based double occupancy.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Flights to the Caribbean are expensive during peak season, which lasts from around Christmas through spring break in mid-April. Avoid the crunch by traveling in late-spring or early summer.

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