Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico

Savings: 60%

Upside: Whether you want to explore ancient Mayan ruins or secure a seat at the famed Senor Frogs, you'll get a major reprieve from the throngs of tourists in the weeks ahead. Although Cancun is a popular destination all year round, it's far less crowded in the summer months and that means cheaper, too.

A stay at Le Meridien Cancun Resort and Spa costs about $150 a night in July, plus children under 12 stay and eat free from the kids menu and guests receive a $150 in-resort credit. That's a far cry from December's high season, when the rate jumps to over $350 per night. Added bonus: Not only are hotel rates considerably lower but airfare to Mexico is a lot less expensive this time of year.

Downside:Cancun is also a hot spot in terms of temperature and there's an increased chance of hurricanes on the Caribbean coast as August approaches. Tours and attractions may also have shorter visiting hours or run less frequently, so check with your concierge or plan ahead to ensure you'll get to see everything on your list, Brown says.

Last updated July 08 2011: 4:27 PM ET
Join the Conversation

Like the Griswolds, Americans are ready to hit the road for their summer vacation.

Find Homes for sale
  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
    New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
    Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options