Cancun is the No. 1 prime getaway regarding AMERICAN vacation to foreign countries, thanks to low-cost airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life which 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 in case you think this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to escape the herds (and maybe catch 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 a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, have 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 even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving 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 certainly a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide plenty of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built 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 ocean. New to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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