El cristo roto
El cristo roto
Cancun is still the No. 1 main place for AMERICAN vacation overseas, with the help of economical airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations 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 joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to get away from the herds (and maybe get a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers 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 down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are perfect for laying out in the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best locations 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 ocean. Brand new to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving lesson and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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