El burro norteño – Guadalajara México 140906 (Explore)

 

El burro norteño - Guadalajara México 140906 (Explore)
El burro norteño – Guadalajara México 140906 (Explore)

Cancun remains the No. 1 prime desired destination with UNITED STATE vacation in other countries, thanks to affordable air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in case you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers seeking to avoid the masses (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous 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 moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English 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 scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s scuba diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.

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