Cancun is the No. 1 leading location with UNITED STATE travel in foreign countries, with the help of inexpensive airfares from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But in the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to escape the masses (and perhaps grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront 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 a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are excellent for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, 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 tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s diving course then a museum dive for $80.
Thinking of visiting Mexico?
GET THE BEST DEALS ON ACCOMMODATION IN MEXICO HERE
Our hotel search engine compares the best hotel deals from all the top travel sites.
Photo credit: Nick Kenrick. via Hotelbee.net / CC BY-NC-SA