2014 – Mexico – Huatulco – Playa la Entegra
Cancun is the No. 1 main holiday location regarding AMERICAN travel in other countries, due to affordable flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you believe this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply 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 truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to get away from the masses (and perhaps catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are fantastic for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for tourists searching 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 hold a number of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations 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 laid out at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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Photo credit: Ted’s photos – Returns late December via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA