Cancun is still the No. 1 leading desired destination with regard to USA travel in other countries, thanks to low-cost airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to escape the herds (and maybe get a few waves). Day Trip 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 distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get 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 closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity 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 excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out under the sun after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have lots of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed 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 ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a beginner’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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