2014 – Mexico – Tuxtla Chico – Son & Dad

2014 - Mexico - Tuxtla Chico - Son & Dad
2014 – Mexico – Tuxtla Chico – Son & Dad

Cancun remains the No. 1 major getaway for USA traveling abroad, with the help of affordable air travels from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that 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 assume this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to get away from the crowds (and maybe grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive down 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 definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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 laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you 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

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