2014 – Mexico – Huatulco – Playa la Entegra – 4 of 8

2014 - Mexico - Huatulco - Playa la Entegra - 4 of 8
2014 – Mexico – Huatulco – Playa la Entegra – 4 of 8

Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading holiday location regarding USA vacation in foreign countries, with the help of inexpensive air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to get away from the masses (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a beginner’s diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.

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

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