Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime spot regarding U.S.A vacation in other countries, with the help of affordable flights from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to escape the masses (and perhaps get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are perfect for laying out in the sun’s rays after an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for tourists trying to find 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 a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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