2016 – Mexico City – Metropolitan Cathedral – 2 of 2

 

2016 - Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral - 2 of 2
2016 – Mexico City – Metropolitan Cathedral – 2 of 2

Cancun continues to be the No. 1 main vacation spot with regard to AMERICAN travel in other countries, due to inexpensive airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines 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 water together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to escape the crowds (and possibly catch 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 an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out in the sun following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by British 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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