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Pack Your Beach Bag!

Travelocity reports vacationers headed back to the beach for Memorial Day



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    Bargain hotel rates and all-inclusive deals have vacationers heading back to the beach.

    The beach is back!

    North Texans and others planning to get away for the long Memorial Day weekend are "hitting the beaches in abundance," according to Travelocity.

    "We're still seeing the normal suspects, like New York, Las Vegas, South Florida are really still the popular places", said Travelocity's Lesley Harris. "But this year, we're happy to see the beach destinations have taken a real pop."

    Travelocity's 2010 Memorial Day Hotel Report shows hotel rates in the top 10 beach destinations are down from two years ago.

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    "The Galveston beaches, South Padre -- you can even go to the Florida Panhandle," Harris said. "Those places are doing pretty well on deals as well."

    Some of Travelocity's best deals from Dallas/Fort Worth will take you to the airport first.

    • Three nights in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure, including air, for just $512 per person.
    • Three nights in Miami at the Viceroy for $562 per person, including air.
    • Cancun for $795 per person, including air and three nights at the all-inclusive Catalonia Riviera Maya.

    Mexico offers some of the best deals from DFW this year.

    "You're on the plane, and you are on the beach two and a half hours later," Harris said. "So the all-inclusives like the Grand Riveria Maya -- those things are about $795 a person, but that's flight hotel, meals, beverages and your activities."

    If you plan on driving, Travelocity recommends the four-star Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi for $119 per night or the Tremont House in Galveston for $169.

    "This year, people are ready to travel," Harris said. "They are ready, they've worked hard, and they want a little relaxation."