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Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading vacation spot for UNITED STATE traveling in foreign countries, thanks to economical airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But in the event that you think this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to escape the herds (and perhaps grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers 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 more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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