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Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime spot with regard to AMERICAN vacation abroad, thanks to inexpensive airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you think this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to get away from the masses (and perhaps grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, 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 in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together a distinct experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s diving course then a museum dive for $80.

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