2014 – Mexico – Puerto Chiapas – Bollard
Cancun is the No. 1 major vacation spot for USA vacation overseas, with the help of low-cost airfares from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you presume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for tourists planning to avoid the crowds (and possibly catch a few waves). Day Trip 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 a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun following an intimate lunch break 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 puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide plenty of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest 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 arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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