2015 – MEXICO – Morelia – Wow !
Cancun continues being the No. 1 main holiday location with regard to U.S. vacation abroad, due to low-cost air travels from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers seeking to escape the masses (and possibly grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, 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 significantly less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English 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 scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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Photo credit: Ted’s photos – Returns late December via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA