Cancun continues being the No. 1 major vacation spot for U.S. traveling overseas, with the help of affordable air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you think this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers seeking to avoid the masses (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are fantastic for laying out in the sun after an intimate lunch 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 a distinct experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations 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 ocean. Brand-new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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