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Old Jan 29th, 2016, 09:22 AM
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Christmas 2016 (budget)

Hello all,
I need some advice on where to look for a xmas vacation this year. I know, xmas is a terrible time to travel! Everything is more expensive!! Unfortunately, it is the only time in the next year that my husband and I will have action time together (We are both grad students and I will be traveling d/t clinicals). Our closest airport is salt lake city and we would like to try to limit travel time. We were thinking about Mexico, since I have heard that there are a ton of deals. We are looking for a "sleepy" beach town... one that does not have a ton of tourists or crowded beaches. I know it is harder during the holidays... I would love to stay in a beach bungalow, but I could settle for an airbnb or condo. We love good food, surf (mellow), hiking, culture, history... I know there are a lot of gems out there, but I just don't know where to start. I think one of the biggest issues is trying to find cheaper flights where we don't have to get on a bus or get into a car for 4+ hours to get to where we are going... We would LIKE to try to keep the budget to @ 2k.
Thank you in advance.
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Old Jan 29th, 2016, 10:12 AM
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<heard that there are a ton of deals>

Problem is there aren't deals at Christmas time. I am most familiar with Puerto Vallarta (which sounds too busy for what you seek) and I know the budget places to stay double their room rates over the two weeks of the Christmas to New Year holiday period. Plane fares are up too.
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Old Jan 29th, 2016, 10:26 AM
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Yeah, not any deals to be had at Christmas time--lots of people head to Mexico and Central America for the holidays and the flights/hotels for the more popular destinations get priced accordingly.

Guatemala isn't really a beach destination. El Salvador is outstanding for beaches near the airport, and for price, but getting a decently priced trip without annoying connections would be the challenge.

Cancun/Riviera Maya--expensive at Christmas time.
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Old Jan 29th, 2016, 11:00 AM
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The other "problem" with the timing of this trip is that even a "sleepy beach town" will most likely be filled to overflowing with tourists/visitors over the holidays.
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Old Jan 29th, 2016, 06:08 PM
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While agreeing with the advice already given, I thought I'd mention that Puerto Morelos might be a better match to your interests than other towns along the Riviera Maya -- if that's on your radar.
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