Agua Prieta, Mexico
Agua Prieta, Mexico
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime holiday destination with United State Of America travel in foreign countries, thanks to low-priced airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to escape the crowds (and maybe grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors 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 much 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 much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing 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 quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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