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Cancun remains the No. 1 leading getaway for U.S.A vacation in foreign countries, due to inexpensive airlines from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun 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 vacationers wanting to escape the crowds (and maybe 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 give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly 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 unbelievable proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch 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 a distinct experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a number of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots 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. New to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s diving session and then a museum dive for $80.

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