All alone in Mexico City
All alone in Mexico City
Cancun is still the No. 1 top vacation spot with regard to UNITED STATE traveling to foreign countries, due to economical air travels from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores 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 and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to escape the crowds (and possibly get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much 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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are fantastic for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots 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 exhibited at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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