Cancún, Mexico

Cancún, Mexico
Cancún, Mexico

Cancun continues being the No. 1 top holiday destination when it comes to UNITED STATE travel in foreign countries, due to low-cost flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to escape the masses (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, have 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 in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue 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 visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a number of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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 laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.

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