Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading holiday location with regard to U.S. travel abroad, due to cheap airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in the event that you think this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to get away from the herds (and maybe grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (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 certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are fantastic for laying out under the sun right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves a distinct experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a number of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newbie’s diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.
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