Agua Prieta, Mexico
Agua Prieta, Mexico
Cancun continues being the No. 1 prime place with USA vacation abroad, with the help of economical flights from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers aiming to avoid the masses (and possibly grab a few 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 provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, 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 than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are fantastic for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, 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 vacationers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a starter’s scuba diving session and then a museum dive for $80.
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