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2011
18
February
How to get an all inclusive package for a family of 4 down to $540/person after tax

So all the Canadian tour operators have their February/March all inclusive packages stuck at a minimum of $1000/person. That makes for an expensive trip for a family of 4. What's a guy (or gal) to do?

If you can go March 5 to 12, here's one way you can get something decent for $540/person after tax, all inclusive (food, drinks, etc).

1. The first thing you need is the flight to Puerto Vallarta from http://www.AirCanadaVacations.com that just dropped to $348 roundtrip after tax.

Search for a flight from Calgary to Puerto Vallarta, March 5 to 12, and this is what you'll see:

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Looks to be a good flight too, direct each way, which is nice especially when children are involved, and the AC seatback entertainment can babysit.

2. And now you need a place to stay. Let's head over to http://www.Expedia.com (or .ca if you prefer)

- Search for March 5 to 12 for a hotel in Puerto Vallarta. It'll come up as 'Puerto Vallarta (and vicinity), Jalisco, Mexico'

- Put in 2 adults, 2 children. Enter their ages.

- Hit the Search button.

- Click on Sort by Price.

- Scroll down to about the 9th hotel, the Villa Varadero. They're offering a 'up to 2 kids under 10 stay free promotion'. For $110/night, you can get an all inclusive package for 2 adults, 2 children. Let's click on that.

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- We can see that this works out to $771.68 for the family for the week, or about $540/person after tax for flight + all inclusive hotel.

3. So what is this Villa Varadero like? Well, take a look at the TripAdvisor reviews first to see if it's for you.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g154267-d185412-Reviews-Villa_Varadero_Hotel_Suites-Nuevo_Vallarta_Pacific_Coast.html

It has an 84% approval rating, which is great, but this is still just a basic hotel, not a beautiful, giant, sprawling resort or anything like that. The pool looks like this:


From reading the reviews I get the impression that the beach beside it is excellent. But read the reviews to get a sense of what it's like to see if it's for you.

The only other thing you'd have to do is figure out a way to get from the airport to the hotel of course. The Villa Varadero is in Nuevo Vallarta, which is smaller and quieter than Puerto Vallarta. It's about a $15 cab ride between Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta. Or you can take the bus for about $1.

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5 Responses to "How to get an all inclusive package for a family of 4 down to $540/person after tax"


    Has Walking Piece of Heaven been here?
       Walking Piece of Heaven on February 18th, 2011

    Chis, keep doing what you do brother, you are amazing, makes the average guy feel like once in awhile he can have his cake and eat it too without a second mortage on the house for it.

    WPOH

    Has Denise been here?
       Denise on February 18th, 2011

    when you click on the link to tripadvisor there is a coupon for a free room upgrade as well.....sounds like a great deal....
    Now can you find me one to the east side....I prefer the white sand and azure waters....

    Has Darren been here?
       Darren on February 18th, 2011

    Great Job !

    Thanks for doing all the work for us

    Has Tina been here?
       Tina on February 19th, 2011

    Love it. What a great idea. Thanx for being out there. :)

    Has Deanne been here?
       Deanne on February 19th, 2011

    You are amazing - keep up the good work.

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