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Cancun remains the No. 1 prime place regarding UNITED STATE travel in other countries, with the help of cheap air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes 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 the event that you presume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to get away from the masses (and possibly 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 a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, have a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are great for laying out under the sun following an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a number of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.

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