2015 – MEXICO – San Cristobal de las Casas – Boy Bored

2015 - MEXICO - San Cristobal de las Casas - Boy Bored
2015 – MEXICO – San Cristobal de las Casas – Boy Bored

Cancun is the No. 1 major holiday location regarding U.S. travel in foreign countries, due to cheap airfares from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to escape the herds (and perhaps grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, take 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 compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built 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. Brand-new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newbie’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

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