Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cancun is still the No. 1 top location regarding United State Of America traveling overseas, thanks to low-cost air travels from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to avoid the masses (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (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 beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are perfect for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a number of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newcomer’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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