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Last October the east coast of Mexico, especially the coastal areas of the Yucatan Peninsula, suffered devastating damage at the mercy of Hurricane Wilma. This year the region has rebounded with new resorts, renovated properties and a lot of government spending put into restoring the infrastructure around the resort areas of the Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya. As hurricane season is once again upon us, we can only hope that this year brings clear skies and uninterrupted vacations.

There is a bevy of inviting airfare and accommodation deals on the market right now, many are for all-inclusive resorts and offer special rates for kids. Below is just a selection of what's on offer.

Normally a night at the inviting El Dorado Royale on the Riviera Maya would set you back a couple hundred dollars per person, but for that price you get a gourmet-inclusive program that offers cuisine not food, bountiful rather than buffet and a luxurious hotel not usually offered in package deals. Spirit Vacations (tel. 800/617-3325; www.spiritvacations.com) is currently promoting a package that gives you a taste of this resort with round-trip airfare from Fort Lauderdale, round-trip airport transfers and three relaxing nights at El Dorado Royale. This deal is available starting from $629 per person based on double occupancy for Monday departures from September 4 to October 30, 2006. From Detroit the package is priced from $781, from New York $797 and from Atlanta $839.

Travel By Jen's (tel. 800/ 603-3178; www.travelbyjen.com) current Riviera Maya special is a six day package including round-trip airfare, airport transfers, five nights' accommodations at the all-inclusive four-star beachfront Reef Playacar, all meals, drinks, tips and non-motorized water sports. The trip is priced from $599 for departures from numerous cities including Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Washington DC. The same package for seven nights is priced from $749 with travel valid from now until August 26, 2006.

FunJet Vacations (tel. 888/558-6654; www.funjet.com) is offering a package special in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya for select travel dates from July to September, 2006. The package provides round-trip airfare, all transfers, and three nights at the all-inclusive three-star Sandos Caracol in Playa del Carmen. All meals, drinks, non-motorized water sports, and activities are included with your stay. Sample prices include:

  • $400 from St. Louis with departures on August 30, September 6 and 13, 2006 via charter on Ryan International Airlines
  • $440 from Dallas/Fort Worth with departures on August 3, 9, 10 and 11, 2006 on Ryan International Airlines or Aero Mexico
  • $440 from Chicago with departures on August 4, 17 and 18, 2006 on American Trans Air from Midway Airport or July 26 and 28, August 2, 4, 11 and 18, 2006 on Aero Mexico from O'Hare
  • $440 from Detroit with departures on July 26, August 2, 9 and 16, 2006 on charter Champion Airlines
  • $690 from New York departing daily from July 24 to August 22, 2006 on American Airlines

This deal must be booked by July 28, 2006. Taxes are additional. Kids can fly, stay, play and eat for $199 from Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and St. Louis.

Frontier Airlines (www.frontierairlines.com) currently has non-stop flights to Cancun from six U.S. gateways (Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio) and will be introducing new flights from San Diego non-stop commencing on December 16 with an introductory fare of $149 each way, subject to a round-trip purchase, excluding taxes and fees. This offer is available for tickets purchased by the end of August for travel between December 16 and July 8, 2007.

Alaska Airlines (www.alaskaair.com) will begin a non-stop service between San Francisco and Cancun on October 28, 2006 and the airline is offering introductory prices of $129 one-way, excluding taxes and charges. This route will operate from October to July only.

United (www.united.com) began operating non-stop flights to Cancun from Chicago earlier this month and it also offers non-stop flights from gateways including Washington DC, Los Angeles and Denver.

Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) has 61 weekly flights to Cancun with 44 weekly non stops from its hub at in Houston, 16 from Newark and one weekly flight from Cleveland.

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