2016 – Mexico – Tepoztlan – Slurp

 

2016 - Mexico - Tepoztlan - Slurp
2016 – Mexico – Tepoztlan – Slurp

Cancun is the No. 1 top location with AMERICAN travel in foreign countries, due to cheap air travels from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you assume this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches 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 and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to avoid the masses (and perhaps catch 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 ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for vacationers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature lots of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed 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? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a starter’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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Photo credit: Ted’s photos – Returns late December via Hotelbee.net / CC BY-NC-SA

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