2014 – Mexico – Puerto Vallarta – Isla Cuale Market

2014 - Mexico - Puerto Vallarta - Isla Cuale Market
2014 – Mexico – Puerto Vallarta – Isla Cuale Market

Cancun continues being the No. 1 major getaway when it comes to United State Of America travel in foreign countries, thanks to economical air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers seeking to avoid the herds (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are ideal for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed 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. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a beginner’s scuba 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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