Cancun remains the No. 1 prime holiday location with U.S. traveling to foreign countries, with the help of low-cost airlines from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers seeking to escape the masses (and maybe catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s ancient 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 more immersive experience, take 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 than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out under the sun right 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 rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves 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 via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have lots of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots 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 exhibited at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newbie’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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