Colourful Cops, Mexico City
Colourful Cops, Mexico City
Cancun continues being the No. 1 main holiday destination when it comes to UNITED STATE vacation overseas, due to affordable airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you consider this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions 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 offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to get away from the masses (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors 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 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 be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are great for laying out in the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best locations 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a beginner’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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