2015 – MEXICO – Zihuatanejo – Sunset
Cancun is still the No. 1 major getaway with UNITED STATE vacation overseas, due to inexpensive airlines from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you presume this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists seeking to get away from the masses (and maybe get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an unique experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can access via rappelling into caves. 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 areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed 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. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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Photo credit: Ted’s photos – Returns late November via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA