How Americans Are Saving Big On Mexico Vacations

With the pandemic in the rearview mirror, many are ready to get back to international traveling.  Mexico’s resort industry finds itself in a strange position, having been one of the few places during 2021 and 2022 with unfettered travel permitted.  As a consequence, many individuals scratched their Mexican travel itch already, leading to decreased demand this year. As such, it’s a great time to consider a luxurious trip at one of Mexico’s beautiful beaches.  We’ve rounded up these options for your consideration.

All-inclusive resorts are possible in locations such as Mexico due to the decreased cost of operations there, in terms of both land cost, regulatory environment, and labor costs.  While all-inclusive were once an option in Florida, there are effectively no longer any all-inclusive left in America (though some do technically exist, for which you will pay dearly).  No longer just for supreme bargain hunters, many all-inclusives have luxurious amenities, delicious seafood, and top-shelf hooch to whet your appetite.  While there are numerous non-all-inclusive options in Mexico, both options are well worth your consideration, given the ability to have a fixed cost for your trip on the one hand, or to choose what you want on the other.


Cancun is one of Mexico’s premier beach destinations, and for good reason.  The beautiful and tropical state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun’s Yucatan Peninsula, has crystal clear blue ocean water, soft sand beaches, and miles upon miles of four and five star all-inclusive resorts to cater to your every desire. Cancun is divided into two main areas: the downtown area, known as Cancun City or Ciudad Cancun, and the Hotel Zone or Zona Hotelera, which is the resort strip.  Cancun city provides a more authentic Mexican experience with local markets, street food vendors, and a lively atmosphere that reflects the local culture. The Hotel Zone is a 15-mile long strip of land where resorts are located. This area is synonymous with luxury and convenience, offering easy access to beautiful beaches, all-inclusive resorts, fine dining, and vibrant nightlife.  Luxury options include the Waldorf Astoria if you must have the very best, or more value oriented options like Hyatt, with both adults-only, family friendly, and all inclusive options.

Riviera Maya

While it is located just south of Cancun, and you will fly to the same airport to get there, the Riviera Maya is very different from its Cancun cousin located about an hour south.  While Cancun has crystal blue oceans and great waves, Riviera Maya has more seaweed and fewer waves due to breakwaters.  Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a secluded beach, diving into the clear waters of a cenote, or indulging in the all-encompassing luxury of an all-inclusive resort, Riviera Maya promises a Mexican getaway that’s as relaxing as it is enriching.  Riviera Maya is home to the master-planned luxury development, Mayakoba, which houses four exclusive resorts from names like Rosewood, Fairmont, Andaz by Hyatt, and Banyan Tree. Some of these are a la carte only, while others offer all inclusive options.


Baja California South is home to “Cabo,” one of the hot spots for luxury travel in Mexico.  While many might be familiar with Cabo as a Spring break location, there are numerous travel options in Baja California South to suit everyone’s taste.  Cabo San Lucas is home to spring breakers, with numerous large resorts catering to the desires of partygoers.  Its sister city, Cabo San Jose, is a more relaxed destination, home to many all-inclusive resorts that cater to both adults only and families, as well as numerous luxury travel and real estate options.  Home to residences from St. Regis, a Four Seasons, and a Waldorf Astoria, Cabo also has more value-oriented brands like Grand Velas and Marriott.  Another location of interest is Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s officially designated “Pueblos Mágicos de México” (magic cities), known for art galleries, amazing surfing, and lots of American tourists.


Traveling to Acapulco is like stepping back in time a bit, a postcard of golden beaches, azure waters, stunning mountains, and a 75 year history of tourism development.  Its soaring cliffs, enormous bays, and inlets and coves wrap Acapulco’s sandy beaches, skyline, and beachfront resorts.  The so-called “Pearl of the Pacific,” it was a vacation hotspot for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis during its heyday.  While not quite the current hotspot that the Yucatan Peninsula or Cabo are, Acapulco is still a great way to score an awesome Mexican beach vacation for less.  Acapulco hosts luxury options like Banyan Tree for the well heeled, as well as more affordable luxury options like Encanto (not the Disney movie).

Puerto Vallarta

Located in the state of Jalisco, the resort destination of Puerto Vallarta remains amongst Mexico’s top tourist destinations.  Nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a captivating blend of natural beauty and rich culture. With its sun-kissed beaches, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culinary scene, it’s a destination that appeals to both relaxation seekers and adventure enthusiasts.  Puerto Vallarta offers diverse accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. The Hotel Zone is lively and bustling, home to many of the city’s all-inclusive resorts and hotels. For those seeking a more quaint and quiet atmosphere, the Romantic Zone serves as a charming neighborhood with a detached, unpretentious vibe.  Familiar options from brands such as Hyatt and Hilton abound, and you will also find secluded and luxurious options about an hour outside the city, such as Punta Mita 5-star resort from Four Seasons.