Cancun is the No. 1 major place for UNITED STATE travel in foreign countries, due to low-priced airlines from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But if you assume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to avoid the masses (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 give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a huge 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 virtually any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are ideal for laying out in the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may 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 the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed 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 can set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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