2014 – Mexico City – Benito Juarez la Patria

 

2014 - Mexico City - Benito Juarez la Patria
2014 – Mexico City – Benito Juarez la Patria

Cancun remains the No. 1 main holiday location with U.S. travel overseas, thanks to economical airlines from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which 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 if you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to avoid the crowds (and maybe get a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, amazing club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a starter’s diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.

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Photo credit: Ted’s photos – Returns late December via Hotelbee.net / CC BY-NC-SA

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