Carretera Mérida-Campeche – Yucatán México 140101 124212 1 S4 Snapseed

Carretera Mérida-Campeche - Yucatán México 140101 124212 1 S4 Snapseed
Carretera Mérida-Campeche – Yucatán México 140101 124212 1 S4 Snapseed

Cancun remains the No. 1 top desired destination when it comes to U.S. traveling in foreign countries, with the help of cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists planning to get away from the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, take 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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out in the sun following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure 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 looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature 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, designed 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newbie’s diving session then a museum dive for $80.

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