Cancun continues being the No. 1 top place regarding U.S.A traveling to foreign countries, with the help of inexpensive airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life which transforms 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, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to escape the masses (and perhaps catch 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 ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, get 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 even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed 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 sea. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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