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Active Travels: Sian Ka’an, Mexico

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In a hamnmock at Sian Ka'an

By Steve Jermanok

Close to the Mayan ruins of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest protected area on the Mexican Caribbean. Grab one of the raised cottages on site and you’ll be immersed in the 1.3 million-acre mix of beach and wetlands. CESiaK runs completely on sun and wind energy, using rainwater for water needs, and utilizing a wetland waste treatment system. Grab a sea kayak to go bird watching, fish, go with a naturalist on a hike, or simply relax with a thick book in the hammock. All proceeds fund education and conservation programs at Sian Ka’an, including dune restoration and native plant propogation. Cabins start at an affordable $70 a night.

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Win a 3 Night Stay at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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On the beach at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa in Cabo.

Our three-night “Getaway for Two” at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has just ended. But another great giveaway contest will begin soon on Everett Potter’s Travel Report, so come back to enter.

Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Tulum, Mexico

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The southernmost town on the 80-mile strip of sand referred to as the Riviera Maya, Tulum has always been a perfect getaway from Cancun to see the Mayan ruins. Only well-traveled European backpackers would consider spending the night in one of the bungalows on the beach. Lately, however, a small sampling of all-inclusive resorts have opened in this sleepy seaside town. It’s ideally suited for young American families on their first international trip. Children learn about the historical significance of the Mayans by touring the impressive ruins. Then they can snorkel at Xel-Ha and go for a dip in one of the natural swimming holes called cenotes. Plus, those same white pearly sands that cater to the Spring Break crowd in Cancun can be found on Riviera Maya in a more serene setting that families find attractive.

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Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Yoga and Kayaking in Mexico

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Sea Kayak Adventures, whom I’ve recommended in the past as one of the most renowned sea kayaking outfitters in Baja, has just announced two adventures geared to yoga lovers. The all-women November 4-9 trip and co-ed November 9-14 jaunt will feature daily yoga sessions led by certified instructor, Julie Zimmerman. Start your day with yoga on a deserted beach and then go kayaking with dolphins, sea lions, fin whales, and all the other marine life that call the Sea of Cortez home. Each evening begins with a restorative yoga session while guides prepare dinner. No prior kayaking experience is necessary and the $1095 cost includes two nights in a Loreto hotel, three nights camping, four days of guided paddling, all meals while camping, and daily yoga sessions. Visit their site for other kaya/yoga departures through May. And visit Active Travels.

Smart Deals: FamilyGetaway.com

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Las Alamandas, Mexico.

The Deal: FamilyGetaway.com is a new website from LuxuryLink.com, the company that pioneered the luxury travel auction, selling hotels stays and packages.

What’s the Deal: Like its sibling, it’s all about auctions. You can bid on a vacation or pay the fixed lowered asking price. For example, one of the first promotions is a Western Mexico Beachfront Hideaway. This is a five-night package at Las Alamandas in Costalegre, Mexico, for up to four people with starting bid at $1,151. The package includes accommodations in a Casa Azul Junior Suite with two queen beds and a private furnished veranda with garden view.

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Smart Deals: Club Med’s “Half off Your Better Half.”

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WHAT'S THE DEAL? Get 50% off a second guest on select travel dates between January 8, 2010 and October 29, 2010, when accompanying one full paying adult. The participating resorts are Buccaneer s Creek, La Caravelle, Punta Cana and Turkoise in the Caribbean; Columbus Isle in the Bahamas; Cancun Yucatan and Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico; the Sandpiper in Florida.

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Smart Traveler: Condos to Go

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View from a condo on the Big Island, Hawaii. Courtesy of HomeAway.

Whether you’re planning a week on Sanibel, a getaway to Vail or a sun-filled sojourn in the Caribbean, Hawaii or Mexico this winter, there’s probably never been a better time to find a great deal on a rental condo.

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