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Best Budget Destinations
in Mexico & Central America
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If you find there’s a little less in the piggy bank this year, you can stretch your travel budget with a trip to Mexico and Central America. The best part is that you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a thing, what with the

If you find there’s a little less in the piggy bank this year, you can stretch your travel budget with a trip to Mexico and Central America. The best part is that you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a thing, what with the beautiful beaches, delicious dining, and local culture that’s just waiting to be explored. Our editors have hand-picked the best places for getting the most bang for your buck.

Central America is a prime spot for budget travelers. Although it’s no longer off the beaten path, this string of compact countries still has its share of bargains. Sharing the same white-sand beaches as the pricey resorts, locally owned hotels usually go out of their way to make you feel welcome. For meals, do as the locals do. Skip the tourist traps and head to the simple eateries specializing in spectacular regional cuisine. If you're a seafood fan, stick to the coasts. The plentiful catches keep prices down and you would be hard-pressed to find fresher ingredients.

In Mexico, even the most glittering resort areas have less expensive lodging options. In Cancun, opt for a smaller hotel that puts you within easy walking distance of the sugary beaches. Other destinations, such as Isla Mujeres, offer everything a budget-minded traveler could want, including inexpensive eateries offering a wide range of cuisines and plenty of nightlife options.

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