Cancun continues to be the No. 1 major location with UNITED STATE traveling to foreign countries, due to economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms 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 only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to escape the masses (and possibly catch 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 distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are perfect for laying out in the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for vacationers trying to find 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 assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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