Acapulco, known for its great nightlife and hotel-jammed coastline, continues to draw tourists from all over the world. Ixtapa, small and easy to maneuver, draws visitors to its blue waters and ancient neighboring village of Zihuatanejo, which dates back to the 1400s. And don't forget Los Cabos or Cabo San Lucas, heralded for its great surfing and seaside bars and restaurants.
Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) is offering a six-day trip with airfare and accommodations from a wide number of United States departure points. Travel is good from September 15 to December 18, 2005. From Portland, Oregon, the six-day trip costs $930. Accommodations are at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort and Spa. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include air security fees or departure taxes. If you book well-enough in advance, you'll receive a $100 dollar beverage credit. Accommodations are in a junior suite with an ocean view. The hotel is on the western side of the Baja peninsula. Amenities include a 24-hour bistro, Internet café, gourmet restaurant, fitness center, tennis courts and a wedding chapel, in case you get hit by cupid. The large pool looks out over the ocean. The trip is priced from $1,029 out of New York's JFK Airport and $879 from San Francisco.
Pleasant Holidays also offers a five-day trip to Mazatlan out of Los Angeles starting at $384. The trip includes round-trip airfare out of Los Angeles, accommodations, and airport transfers. Departures are on Thursdays with travel good from September 15 to October 27, 2005. Hotel accommodations are at the El Cid Granada Country Club, a three-story Mexican house-type of dwelling with a golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts on the grounds.
Liberty Travel (tel. 888/271-1584; www.libertytravel.com) has a seven-night trip to Acapulco that includes airfare, hotels, and airport transfers starting at $549 out of Miami, $655 out of New York, $675 from Baltimore, and $799 out of Kansas City. Kids under 13 stay for free when they share a room with adults. You need to book by November 13, 2005 with travel good from now until November 30, 2005. Accommodations for this trip are at the beachfront Continental Emporio Acapulco, a three-star hotel that was renovated in 2003 and includes flat screen televisions in every room.
Beach Destinations (tel. 877-433-4378; www.beachdestinations.com) offers air/land trips that range from moderate to superior. To Ixtapa, a beach resort destination with impressive resorts lining a three to four mile stretch of the Pacific Coast, a seven-night trip with round-trip air our of Chicago into Ixtapa with hotels and airport transfers costs approximately $1,836 for two adults with departure and return on a Monday. Accommodations for this trip are at moderately priced hotels. Beach Destinations allows you to build your own vacation from scratch. You choose your departure city, destination, and dates, and their search engine does the rest, including give you a choice of hotel sites and whether you want airport transfer. Hotel taxes and fees are included in the price. The site also offers several specials. If you book now (or soon), a five-day four-night jaunt to Ixtapa from Houston costs approximately $509 per person. Travel is good through November 30, 2005. Accommodations are also at a hotel in the moderate class, and your room will have an ocean view and a balcony. You can see other Ixtapa specials on the left-hand side of the above web page.
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