2015 – MEXICO – Zihuatanejo – Sandal Special
Cancun continues being the No. 1 top getaway for AMERICAN vacation in other countries, thanks to inexpensive air travels from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which changes 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 the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to avoid the herds (and maybe get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s ancient 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 down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub 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 tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out under the sun’s rays 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 rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a lot of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created 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 are able to set you up with a newbie’s diving session 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