Cancun is still the No. 1 main spot when it comes to AMERICAN travel to foreign countries, thanks to affordable airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which changes 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 assume this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water including bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to get away from the masses (and perhaps catch a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands 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 quiet retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are fantastic for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together a distinct experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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