Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Cancun is still the No. 1 major vacation spot regarding U.S.A traveling abroad, with the help of economical flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to avoid the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Day Trip 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 distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds a distinct experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a number of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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