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Budget for Your Winter Trip to Cancun

It may be cold at home, but winter months are the peak season for Caribbean beaches, and for good reason: With beautiful scenery, tropical weather, and a dazzling array of adventure opportunities, a trip to sunny Mexico can be the perfect cure for the winter blues.
Woman and man swimming in infinity pool in Cancun, Mexico

If you’re ready to escape the winter weather with someone special, plan to soak up all that Cancun, one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, has to offer.

Plane tickets

Step one to your week in paradise is getting there. If your schedule permits, flying midweek will typically save you money over a weekend flight. Use a travel website to compare airline rates and track prices. With some research, you should be able to find a flight from most major U.S. airports for around $500. When looking at advertised prices, don’t forget about taxes and baggage fees that may be added to your fare.

You’ll also want to consider the departure and arrival times: Landing at your hotel exhausted won’t be a great way to start your vacation, so make a travel plan that gets you ready for fun in the sun at an affordable rate.

Airfare for two
$1100

Resort accommodations

Are you dreaming of a spacious room by the beach with an oversized bed and a marble jacuzzi? That’s just the beginning of the accommodations you can expect at a Cancun resort. Upgrade your room to include a double shower, private balcony, stocked minibar, or swim-up pool access. You won’t want to leave your room at first—but with so much more to see, your money will be invested in more than just an amazing view and luxurious bathing options.

At most resorts, you’ll find on-site restaurants, spas, fitness centers, swimming pools, water sports, and, of course, beach access. And with so many hotels in Cancun to choose from, you’ll want to read reviews and compare amenities to find the right one for you. For a real indulgence, choose an adults-only, all-inclusive resort where you can eat, drink, and fully relax without worrying about paying the check.

Set this Goal for six nights in an all-inclusive resort.

Resort accommodations
$3200

Day at a theme park

For an unforgettable day in Cancun, look no further than Xcaret, an eco-theme park with history, nature, and adventure all in one place. Basic admission includes several Mexican architectural exhibits, a Mayan village reenactment, an evening show highlighting Mexican song and dance, and an equestrian show. Animal lovers will enjoy the aquarium, butterfly pavilion, aviary, jaguars, manatees, and turtles. For an extra fee, you can also swim with sharks, encounter stingrays, or try out a scuba adventure.

If that isn’t enough, there’s also a network of underground rivers to explore, a raft ride through Paradise River, and an aquatic paradise on the white sand beach, featuring ocean access and natural pools. With so much to discover, you may want more than one day to take it all in.

Two Xcaret Plus advance tickets
$229

Mayan ruins of Tulum

For a more traditional taste of history, be sure to explore some of the Mayan ruins located on the Yucatan Peninsula. The well-preserved ruins of Tulum sit atop a cliff overlooking the ocean. Amid the ancient architecture, you might spot wild iguanas, pelicans, and flamingos making their home.

To get the most out of your visit, book a tour that departs from your hotel and will take you straight to the ruins, where an expert tour guide will tell you all about the history of this centuries-old city. You’ll also have time to explore on your own and take pictures of the breathtaking views of the turquoise Caribbean waters.

Set this Goal for a half-day Tulum tour.

Ruins tour
$160

City and shopping tour

Your trip to paradise will only last a week, but your memories will last a lifetime. Besides taking hundreds of pictures, of course, you’ll want to bring home something special from your Cancun trip. If you don’t want to explore the shopportunities on your own, a city tour will take you on a quick trip through the El Meco Ruins on your way to the markets of Cancun for $39 USD per person.

There, you’ll find duty-free bargains on brand-name items as well as local handicrafts. Come prepared with a budget of how much you’re willing to spend for souvenirs and gifts, and don’t forget that whatever you buy will have to fit in your suitcase on the flight home!

Souvenir shopping
$380

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