Campeche – México 140110 162517 1 S4 Snapseed

Campeche - México 140110 162517 1 S4 Snapseed
Campeche – México 140110 162517 1 S4 Snapseed

Cancun continues being the No. 1 prime spot for USA travel in other countries, thanks to affordable airfares 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 pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts 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 including bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to escape the herds (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 people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out under the sun following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves a distinct experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one 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 laid out at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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