2014 – Mexico – Puerto Vallarta – Goodbye PV
Cancun is the No. 1 major destination regarding AMERICAN vacation abroad, with the help of economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers aiming to get away from the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront 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 undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays right after 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 achieves an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best locations 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 arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving course 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