City goes back to Normal
Cancun remains the No. 1 prime holiday destination when it comes to USA traveling in other countries, with the help of economical airline tickets 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 university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you assume this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers aiming to get away from the crowds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure 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 tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature lots of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newbie’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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