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Short trip to mexico?

Asked by goony22 (3points) June 19th, 2008

trying to plan a short 4 day get away with my girlfriend sometime in early august leaving from california. trying to be as cost effective as possible and i know it can be difficult during high season…any suggestions as to where to go? i think the quality of the beaches would be the most important factor in location. any ideas of how to keep cost around $1000 total, give or take a few hundred of course. thanks so much fluther nation!!!

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PupnTaco's avatar

Pick up a copy of The Pwople’s Guide to Mexico – full of inside tips for cheap & authentic travel.

syz's avatar

I highly recommend Isla Mujeres. You can fly into Cancun and then take a ferry to the island. You get an “old world” feeling on the island, it’s not all commercial and touristy (I consider Cancun a Myrtle Beach with an accent).

The island offers beaches (including a topless one), sightseeing, fishing trips, snorkeling trips, and you can take the ferry back into Cancun and catch a bus to some truly outstanding Mayan ruins (Chichenitza and Telum, sorry about the spelling).

hollym's avatar

Are you driving? Flying? I just got back from a two week trip around Central Southern Mexico. The only beach area we visited during this trip was Ixtapa, which might be a little too far south for you if you’re driving down from Cali. But my advice for that area would be do NOT go to Ixtapa! :D Instead, go to Zehuantinejo. The beaches are much nicer there. Ixtapa was just kind of sad and desolate & even the Playa Linda was dirty!

If you’re thinking about flying somewhere, try Cancun or Riviera Maya. has GREAT prices on all inclusive trips.

I also second syz’s answer about Isla Mujeres. We took a day trip there from Cancun in 2003 and it was lovely! I even held a shark! :D

Good luck and have a great trip!

lindabrowne1's avatar

Tulum, Tulum, Tulum. . .an hour and one-half south of Cancun. Stay in a cabana on the beach. Oooooooooooooooooo. Heavenly!

susanc's avatar

Wrong. Don’t go to the Caribbean, it costs too much to get there, and you’ll spend too much time getting from hideous Cancun to wherever else you’re
going. Instead, fly to Manzanillo, rent a car, and drive down the coast into
Michoacan: a gorgeous beach every two miles. Be guided by the Lonely Planet. With all respects to the usually-on-target Pup n Taco, forget the People’s Guide: it’s just a bunch of boasting
about how this fun hippie couple figured out how to avoid putting any money into the culture 20 years ago. Times have changed. And you don’t have a VW van, do you?
Another very nice bunch of beaches is within bus distance of Puerto Vallarta,
popular vacation destination therefore many cheap flights – should be especially easy in August. Try Sayulita. Everyone loves Sayulita. It’s pretty, the beach is lovely, and it’s small enough to be friendly.

emilyrose's avatar

agree that tulum is great

allengreen's avatar

Mazatlan is fun, and different, off the main path….i’d go to mazatlan and stay at el cid resort

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