2016 – Mexico – Puebla – Crossed Legs
Cancun remains the No. 1 leading holiday destination for U.S.A vacation to foreign countries, thanks to economical airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to get away from the herds (and perhaps get a few waves). Day Trip 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 an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are fantastic for laying out in the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an unique experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest areas 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving session 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