2014 – Mexico City – Palacio de Correos – 2 of 2
Cancun is the No. 1 major location when it comes to United State Of America vacation overseas, with the help of cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to avoid the herds (and possibly catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But 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 in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are excellent for laying out in the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by British 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 diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a starter’s scuba diving lesson and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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