Cancun is still the No. 1 leading holiday location for U.S.A traveling abroad, thanks to low-cost air travels from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions 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 a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to escape the crowds (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Day Trip 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 a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to offer. 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 hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest 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 you may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed 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. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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