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 4/1/2009 10:15:50 AM ET 2009-04-01T14:15:50

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Delta Airlines to Cozumel, five nights' accommodations, round-trip airport-hotel transfers, breakfast daily, luggage handling fees, maid and bellman gratuities, the services of a local host or a toll-free number for assistance, up to 2,500 miles in Delta's frequent-flier program and hotel taxes, from $747 per person — plus additional taxes and fees of $109.

When: June 27–Aug. 7, 2009; other dates are available at different rates.

Gateways: Detroit; add $25 for Memphis, $196 for Atlanta, $210 for Salt Lake City, $212 for New York City, $218 for Cincinnati; additional gateways are available.

The fine print: Based on Sunday departures and Friday returns. Airport taxes and fees total an additional $109. Beverages are not included but can be added for $80 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $220. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability. This special offer will be removed from NWA WorldVacations' Web site on May 31, 2009.

Contact: NWA WorldVacations, 800/800-1504, nwaworldvacations.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between Detroit and Cozumel is $316, including taxes, for travel in mid-July (Delta). For an additional $540, the NWA WorldVacations special offer covers airfare as well as five nights' accommodations, airport-hotel transfers, full breakfast daily, gratuities, the services of a local host (or a toll-free number to call for assistance), all taxes and discounts on diving and golf packages. By purchasing this package, you'll save about 42 percent compared to booking everything separately.

Highlights: While no activities are included, the package includes a 15 percent discount on dive packages and a 30 percent discount on golfing packages.

Lodging: Five nights in a standard room at the 98-room Hotel Casa del Mar Cozumel, about two and a half miles south of downtown. Hotels and rates vary by gateway city. For example, the package rate from Memphis starts at $772 (plus taxes and fees) and includes five nights at the Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort and the package rate from Atlanta starts at $943, with five nights at El Cid La Ceiba Beach resort. Find a list of gateways and accommodations here.

More: Choose from a range of optional excursions, which start at $35 per person for a glass-bottom-boat tour with snorkeling. If you'd like to extend your stay, additional nights at Hotel Casa Del Mar Cozumel start at $44 per person per night, based on double occupancy.

Before you go: For more information about the area, visit the official tourism Web sites for Cozumel and Mexico. The U.S. State Department says, essentially, to exercise normal good judgment on your Mexican vacation: "Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable."

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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