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This week's Smart Deal features a beachfront Mexico vacation package for travel this fall. United Vacations (tel. 888/854-3899; www.unitedvacations.com) is offering a deal to Los Cabos for five nights from $609, including airfare.

The advertised price reflects travel to Presidente Intercontinental Los Cabos, but this hotel is just one option. There are three separate properties listed with the package, each one with different departure gates and valid dates for travel, so you'll have to read carefully.

First, the Presidente is within walking distance of shops and restaurants in downtown San José del Cabo. The all-inclusive hotel itself has just about everything you'd want -- it's beachfront and has a kid's club, three swimming pools, restaurants, non-motorized water sports, and more.

The other two properties associated with this deal are in Riviera Maya, on the east coast of Mexico. The quiet fishing village of Puerto Morales is home to Ocean Coral & Turquesa by H10 Hotels, a beachfront all-inclusive property with modern décor and contemporary designs.

Or stay at the Valentin Imperial Maya in Playa del Carmen, an all-inclusive, adults-only, and all-suites resort. With no kids allowed, you'll enjoy a different kind of Mexico vacation if you choose this property.

Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent

What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, transfers, five nights at the all-inclusive Presidente Intercontinental Los Cabos, and all applicable fees, charges and taxes.

What Else You'll Have to Pay: Any additional airline baggage charges.

When: Wednesday or Thursday departures until Sept. 30

Book By: As soon as possible to ensure availability

Other Details: The lowest advertised price for the Puerto Morales package starts at $794 for round-trip airfare from Chicago and seven nights at the Ocean Coral & Turquesa. This deal is valid for Tuesday or Wednesday departures through Sept 22, and also on Sept. 29.

The lowest advertised price for the Playa del Carmen package starts at $1,079 for round-trip airfare from Chicago and seven nights at the adults-only Valentin Imperial Maya. This deal is valid for Tuesday or Wednesday departures through Sept 22, and also on Sept. 29.

All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.

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