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Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading desired destination with regard to U.S.A vacation in foreign countries, thanks to affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists seeking to get away from the crowds (and perhaps grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 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 any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out in the sun’s rays after 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 creates an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold lots of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas 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 exhibited at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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