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Cancun is the No. 1 major place for USA traveling to foreign countries, with the help of low-cost flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to escape 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 remind travelers 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). But for a much more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun right 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 produces an unique experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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