2015 – MEXICO – Morelia – Workerbees
Cancun continues being the No. 1 major spot with regard to U.S. travel to foreign countries, thanks to inexpensive airfares from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you assume this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to get away from the masses (and maybe grab a few 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 an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, have 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 compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch 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 a distinct experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s 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