Cancun is the No. 1 prime getaway regarding UNITED STATE travel overseas, with the help of low-cost airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms 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 assume this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine 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 joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for tourists seeking to avoid the crowds (and perhaps 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 distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a massive 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 hits on any kind of platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out under the sun right after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer lots of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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