2015 – MEXICO – Zinacantán – No Baby Buggy for Me
Cancun is still the No. 1 major vacation spot when it comes to USA travel in other countries, thanks to economical flights from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you consider this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to get away from the masses (and possibly get a couple of waves). Excursion 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 give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds a distinct experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some 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 sea. New to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a beginner’s diving lesson 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