Iguana de la Zona
Iguana de la Zona
Cancun is the No. 1 top desired destination for UNITED STATE traveling in foreign countries, with the help of cheap airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches 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 including bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers aiming to avoid the crowds (and perhaps catch a couple of 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 give the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are fantastic for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an unique experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a number of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed 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? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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