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Cancun is still the No. 1 prime holiday destination regarding United State Of America traveling in other countries, thanks to low-priced airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to avoid the crowds (and possibly get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get 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 than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are ideal for laying out under the sun right after 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 creates an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a number of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots 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 laid out at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s diving course then a museum dive for $80.

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