Amanecer – Guanajuato México 150322 (Explore)
Cancun is the No. 1 top destination when it comes to UNITED STATE traveling abroad, with the help of low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life 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 the event that you imagine this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water including bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to get away from the masses (and perhaps catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s early 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, take 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 even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun right after an intimate meal 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 builds an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest areas 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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