Stay five nights on Mexico's Riveria Maya for $498

One of the best times of the year to land travel bargains is the weeks between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays (a time when many of us don't have vacation time). Case in point: Travel from Dec. 1 (finish travel by Dec. 20) to Mexico's Riviera Maya for a five-night vacation for only $498.

The full package deal includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta, accommodations at the four-star beachfront Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar Resort, and the resort's all-inclusive amenities such as meals, drinks, activities and use of most sporting equipment.

The resort features five restaurants, separate adult and children pools (one with a waterfall and meandering river) and complimentary shuttle service to the shops and restaurants of nearby Playa del Carmen.

The $498 offer is based on double or triple occupancy. And, up to two children stay and eat free.

This great 50% off vacation package is available only to the first 200 customers to book. Start the reservation process at this Travelzoo link: http://www.travelzoo.com/vacations/mexico/887816

Clara Bosonetto Maerz is a retired travel consultant.