2016 – Mexico – Puebla – Street Person
Cancun is still the No. 1 leading holiday location with USA vacation in other countries, thanks to low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you think this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 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 couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get 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 compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are fantastic 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 builds an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone 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 December via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA