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Cancun continues being the No. 1 top holiday location with UNITED STATE vacation in foreign countries, thanks to economical flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But if you believe this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to get away from the herds (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, have 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 even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.

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