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Travel challenge: Mexico's Pacific coast

Each week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a seven-night stay on Mexico's Pacific coast. Prices are for two people travelling together, departing from Heathrow in the middle of next month.

Hayes & Jarvis

£2,598: Puerto Vallarta

Includes flights to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City departing 13 May, transfers and all-inclusive accommodation at the four-star Barcelo Puerto Vallarta hotel.

"Puerto Vallarta is known for its attractive scenery, sports facilities and ecotours, including whale watching," says Katie Parsons, of Hayes & Jarvis. "This four-star resort offers a host of all-inclusive activities, restaurants and bars." (0871 664 0246; hayesandjarvis.com)


£2,778: Huatulco

Includes indirect flights to Oaxaca departing 18 May, with onward flight/road transfers to Huatulco and accommodation at the four-star Dreams Huatulco. "This hotel has a great beachfront location and is perfect for families and couples alike," says Nikki Davies, of Trailfinders. "Plus, as it's all-inclusive, you won't have to reach for your wallet while you're there." (0845 050 5871; trailfinders.com)

Steppes Travel

£5,490: Baja California Sur

Includes flights from Heathrow via Houston to San José del Cabo departing 14 May, plus transfers and accommodation with breakfast at the Los Colibris boutique hotel, some meals and a range of sports activities.

"The hotel has just four rooms, all with stunning views over a white sandy beach," says James Armitage, at Steppes Travel.

"This is a great off-the-beaten-track adventure visiting both the Sea of Cortez and the coastlines of Baja California, ideal for the active traveller looking to experience Baja's bio-diversity; including hiking, sea kayaking, surfing, local town tours and snorkelling, which are all included in this deal. " (01285 885333; steppestravel.co.uk)