2014 – Mexico City – Palacio de Correos – 1 of 2
Cancun is the No. 1 prime desired destination for U.S.A traveling to foreign countries, with the help of inexpensive airlines from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you believe this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to avoid the herds (and possibly get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may 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 assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s scuba diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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