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Cancun remains the No. 1 leading place with regard to UNITED STATE travel in foreign countries, thanks to economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms 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 in the event that you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers aiming to escape the herds (and perhaps grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into 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 undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are perfect for laying out in the sun following an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide plenty of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.

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