Cancun on a Budget


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Cancun is one of my favorite places for a vacation. I have found that the least expensive way to go is through a company like They can sell you a package that may include airfare, transfer from the hotel, and the hotel. If you get an all inclusive package, things like food, drinks, and entertainment are included.

The cost varies depending on the time of year and city you fly from. The prices also fluctuate as the currency exchange rate changes. The hotels are rated from one to five stars.

I have gone from Houston for 3 nights, to a 4 star hotel, all inclusive, for $299 per person (last year). There is a tax to Mexico of about $80 per person that is additional, but you really don’t have to spend for anything else if you don’t want to. Whatever the rate for 3 nights is, you can usually get 4 nights for about $100 extra per person. Rates for 7 nights will usually start around $699 per person. Some of the hotels will have specials where kids can stay and eat free. You do have to pay the extra airfare for the kids.

You can get a brochure for Funjet or a similar agency from your local travel agency.

There are also websites like that have a lot of information and reviews. I suggest reading reviews for the hotel you have in mind before booking. Be sure to consider the location of the hotel you select.

The first selection is in Cancun itself or out of the city, sometimes called the Mayan Rivera. If you like to have a large choice of places to go, Cancun is better. If you want more seclusion and relaxation, out of the city could be better.

Cancun is shaped like an L, if you stay near the center it is easier to get around. I like the all inclusive packages best. I have found that the four or five star hotels are worth the extra cost for all exclusives, mainly for the better food.

If you are not taking kids you may want to consider avoiding the hotels with kids stay free specials. Try to book an early flight out and a late flight back, especially if you are going for 3 or 4 nights.

This article is by Glenn Lamb a insurance agent and owner of the Lamb Insurance Agency, Auto, Home, Life, and Business Insurance for Texas - Farmers Insurance - Texas Health Insurance -


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