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Cancun remains the No. 1 top place for AMERICAN traveling overseas, thanks to low-priced airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you think this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to avoid the crowds (and possibly grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together a distinct experience for vacationers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a number of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newbie’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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