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Skip the spring breakers. Deals on Mexico getaways for couples

Looking for a couple's getaway? Snap up deals on vacations in Mexico now and avoid the masses of spring breakers who fly in every spring to vacation along the country's beaches.

By Paula KerriganContributor / August 12, 2013

Hotels sprawl along the beaches of Cancun, Mexico. The warm weather, plethora of beaches and historic sites of Mexico have made it the most popular destination for honeymooners, according to a recent Travel Channel poll.

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A recent Travel Channel poll ranked Mexico as the number one destination for honeymooners, and not just for the year-round 80-degree weather and palm-lined beaches; Mexico is full of cultural, historical, and exotic places that draw visitors from around the world. Couple these qualities (no pun intended) with affordability, and you've got a recipe for a perfect honeymoon (add champagne as required). Whether you're after romance, or just a relaxing week at the beach, head to Mexico and indulge in some of the most affordable luxuries around.

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Getting to your dream Mexican destination doesn't have to cost un ojo de la cara. We've found American Airlines roundtrip fares to Cancun starting at $300 (a low by $11; expires August 15). Unlike most international airports, Cancun International does not allow taxis to pick up arrivals, so make sure to book your airport transportation in advance. If you want a bit more flexibility in your itinerary, United Airlines is offering roundtrip flights to a wider array of destinations throughout Mexico for dollars more (from $307, a low by $5; expires August 15). Once you're back on terra firma, let the wooing begin!

Playa del Carmen & Cozumel Getaways

Drop your bags in your beachside room and get ready to enjoy the honeymoon package for the duration of your all-inclusive 5-night stay for two at the Allegro Cozumel Hotel (from $540, a low by $28; expires August 18) on the island of Cozumel. Time to revel in a room upgrade, welcome flower arrangement, breakfast in bed, and a discount on massages. Throw in a couple of margaritas and you've got an unforgettable start to your lives together.

Just across the Caribbean Sea and back on the mainland, you'll find the "South Beach" of Mexico: Playa del Carmen's trendy night scene gives couples the opportunity to really let their hair down. If you want to avail of the excitement but still be able to escape back to your own personal paradise, opt for a 5-night flight and hotel stay at the Grand Riviera Princess Resort & Spa (from $1,247.24, a low by $41; expires August 9) on the northeastern edge of the city. This resort hotel offers guests a choice of pools, restaurants, bars, and even a handy shuttle service downtown.

Cancun Vacations for Couples

Sure, the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Cancun is co-eds, but currently it's the off-peak season and, thus, the perfect time to visit this beachside city, situated on the northern tip of the Riviera Maya. With vacancies abounding, a stay at the 4-star Westin Resort and Spa Cancun (from $79, a low by $40; expires August 16) is a great way to enjoy the vibrancy of Cancun without the crowds. Likewise, for couples who want to add some local flair to their vacations, a 3-night stay for two at the all-inclusive Now Jade Riviera (from $1,247.24, a low by $41; expires August 9) is what a honeymoon is all about. The resort is just a short stroll from the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, where you'll find some of the Riviera's most authentic fresh fish restaurants as well as a diver's paradise in the Great Mesoamerican Reef. 

The Riu Caribe Resort offers couples a 4-night hotel and flight package (from $1,280.70, a low by $28; expires August 9) that could make anyone feel like newlyweds again. The hotel's laid back atmosphere also makes it hard to tear oneself away from the resort pool, which overlooks the crystal blue ocean. But Cancun is home to a wide number of attractions including local markets, water activities, and the Mayan archeological theme park of Xcaret. If you've got a lot of love to share, but only a few pennies to pay for a romantic getaway, then head up to the Cabanas Maria del Mar (from $52.26, a low by $6; expires August 15) on Isla Mujeres. What this island hotel lacks in glamor it makes up for in tropical charm; originally a sanctuary to the Mayan goddess Ixchel, the island wasn't modernized until the mid-19th century! Today visitors can enjoy all of the island's traditional escapes: shark tours, visits to an old-style hacienda, and, above all, miles of sandy white beaches. 

Mexico & The Pacific 

Mexico is a great place to spoil a loved one: whisk your partner off for an all-inclusive 4-night vacation that includes a flight and stay at the Riu Santa Fe (from $1,183.92, a low by $15; expires August 18) in Cabo San Lucas, otherwise known as "Cabos." Nestled on the western Baja peninsula of Mexico, Cabos is the Hollywood version of Mexico, with its world-renowned golf courses, fishing, diving, and glittering nightlife. This vacation package also comes with a $35 Renova Spa credit per person, which will no doubt earn you some serious extra brownie points.

A leisurely drive up the coast from Cabos will bring you to San José del Cabo. There you can carry your honey over the threshold and into the Melia Cabo Real Resort for a 5-night all-inclusive stay (from $1,090, a low by $305; expires August 9). Drop your bags and cash-in your $300 resort credit to rent a car and explore the local area, which is dotted with (usually deserted) coves of sparkling white beaches. The hotel itself has a lagoon pool overlooking the ocean, where you can swim up to the bar! Now that's paradise.

Mexico has an unending supply of sun, beaches, ocean, and even alcohol; all you have to bring with you on your trip is the passion. We hope you've found a Mexican destination deal that makes your heart sing! But if you're looking for other romantic getways, look through our weekly roundup of the top travel deals for additional discounted flights, hotels, and vacation packages.

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Paula Kerrigan is an assistant editor at dealnews.com, where this article first appeared. Original article: http://dealnews.com/features/mexico-vacation-deals/

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