Mexico's Vacation Rentals - Cabana Holidays

Mexico's vacation rentals are a fantastic option if you are planning a vacation for the family or are looking to save money by taking care of your own meals. Cabana swaps and rentals are becoming more and more popular as travelers look for ways to save money and avoid the busier resorts in Mexico.

Renting a Cabana is one of the most comfortable and economical ways to stay in Mexico. Most cabanas are located on less commercialized beaches in quieter locations and offer the advantage of giving vacation goers a taste of real Mexican living. Unlike beach resorts which are filled with international restaurants, clubs and pubs, beach cabanas are usually located near smaller, traditional Mexican towns and villages. Explore deserted beaches, buy local goods from town markets and eat fresh fish as it is caught by local fishermen. Cabana rentals grant you freedom to unwind and do things in your own time. You will not need to worry about waking up in time to get down to the hotel buffet breakfast or put the ceiling fan on to drown out the noise of busy bars and restaurants below.

As is the case with large resorts, Mexico vacation rentals vary in price according to size, amenities and location. Beach cabanas are traditionally built out of wood or stone, with palm leaf roofs. Some are basic and offer only the bare essentials such as beds or hammocks, small kitchenettes, ceiling fans and tiny but hygienic bathrooms. These cabanas have a rustic feel and are perfect for those who are looking to 'rough it' but want something that is a step up from a tent. Other cabanas are luxurious down to the last detail. Most are exquisitely decorated in traditional Mexican style and feature everything from satellite television to personal chefs, large swimming pools and beachside gardens. Basic cabanas can be rented for as little as $30 per night, while the most luxurious of bungalows may set you back as much as $500 and upwards per night.

Top budget rental: Suites San Blas

These large, clean apartments are located in a three story house in the laid back coastal town of San Blas. Modestly decorated, all apartments have much needed ceiling fans and balconies that overlook lush, colourful gardens and a shared swimming pool. The suites sleep up to six and are therefore are perfectly suited to families or large groups looking to rent a place for more than a couple of days. These apartments are close to the pristine southern beaches of San Blas and are steal at under $20 per night during the low season.

Tel. (321) 505-05.

Middle of the range find: Coco's Cabanas

Situated a block away from the beach in Punta Bete between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, Coco's Cabanas are both spacious and modestly decorated. All cabanas feature bright colours and traditional fittings and textiles. The five individual cabanas are situated around a small, palm-fringed pool, and at night guests can relax at the onsite grill/bar and enjoy a margarita or two with cabana owners Helmut and Silvia. Days are best spent lounging in a hammock and enjoying the beautiful, exotic surroundings. Cabanas cost between $20 and $50 per night depending on the time of year.

Tel. (651) 874 7056

Top luxury choice : Bungalows Adelamar

Situated less than a minute's walk from Madera beach in the tranquil town of Zihuatanejo, these apartments offer the best of modern convenience and traditional charm. The large, white terracotta-roofed apartments all feature a modern open-plan kitchen, bright, beautifully decorated rooms and all the extras that really make a difference such as microwaves and air conditioning. Many overlook the beautiful gardens and large, palm fringed pool. Rental costs start at around $100 per night.

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