Guanajuato [Mexico] (City Clock)
Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading holiday destination regarding U.S.A traveling to foreign countries, due to affordable air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which changes 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, you haven’t 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 coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to get away from the herds (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, have a day trip drive down 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 undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are ideal for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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