Agua Prieta, Mexico
Agua Prieta, Mexico
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading getaway with United State Of America travel abroad, due to inexpensive airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life 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 consider this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply 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 truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to avoid the masses (and possibly get a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, have 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 closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a starter’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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