in my dream I’m a lost child
in my dream I’m a lost child
Cancun is still the No. 1 leading holiday location when it comes to AMERICAN traveling to foreign countries, thanks to low-priced airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers aiming to escape the herds (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s ancient 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 more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists looking for 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 feature lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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