2014 – Mexico – Puerto Vallarta – Me & My 6-String

2014 - Mexico - Puerto Vallarta - Me & My 6-String
2014 – Mexico – Puerto Vallarta – Me & My 6-String

Cancun is the No. 1 prime location for USA traveling abroad, thanks to inexpensive air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in case you think this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists hoping to escape the herds (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s early 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 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 much less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out under the sun right after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, 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 visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a number of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s 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

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