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Deal alert: Fly from the Lower Mainland to Mexico with hotel for only $543

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While it isn't as popular as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Mexico, boasts breathtaking beaches, historic markets, vibrant nightlife, and fantastic fresh seafood.

Locals looking to get away on the cheap can score a ticket to paradise with a hotel stay for under $600 this winter. 

Vancouverites can escape "Raincouver" in January (notoriously the most "blue" month of the year) to beautiful Mazatlan, Mexico, for four nights at a steal with WestJet's discount carrier, Swoop. 

While it isn't as popular as Puerto Vallarta, the sun-drenched Mexican vacation destination boasts breathtaking beaches, historic markets, vibrant nightlife, and fantastic fresh seafood. It is also famously known as the "Pearl of the Pacific." 

The accommodation portion is powered by Expedia, but booking the hotel with the flight through the discount carrier saves travellers up to 50 per cent off the cost of their hotel. 

To take advantage of the deal, locals must fly out of Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). However, there is a bus that takes travellers from Metro Vancouver to the airport called Ebus. A one-way transfer costs about $46.82. 

There are a variety of packages that cost under $600 per person including all taxes and fees on packages that depart Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) on Jan. 24, 2023, stay for four nights, and then fly back from Mazatlán International Airport (MZT) on Jan. 28.

For example, a four-night stay at the Hotel Kavia Mazatlán costs $543 per person, while the Hotel Sands Arenas costs only slightly more at $586 per person. 

Photo via Swoop

Mexico all-inclusive options for a seamless travel experience 

Travellers looking for a more luxurious escape will have to pay more, however, there are multiple options that won't break the bank. 

For ultra-convenience, there is an all-inclusive option on the aforementioned dates at the Riu Emerald Bay Cerritos that costs $1,006 including taxes and fees. That price will cover all of your meals, drinks, accommodation, and transfers to the resort. As such, you won't have to worry about anything on your holiday. For people seeking ultimate relaxation, this is the package for you. 

Photo via Swoop

Travel from Vancouver to Mexico in 2022

If you are looking to travel to Mexico in the near future, there are several things to consider before you pack your bags. 

Deciding what region of Mexico to visit will dramatically determine what kind of experience you enjoy while you are in your destination. Also, some Canadian tourists in Mexico must pay a new fee before they leave

If you aren't a fan of the super-sized parties, you might find the atmosphere at Cancun's famous club, Coco Bongo, a little oppressive. But if you're down to dance until the sun rises, this is most certainly the place for you. Of course, the region's glistening white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters are nothing to scoff at, either.