Cancun remains the No. 1 prime spot with UNITED STATE traveling overseas, due to low-cost airlines from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in the event that you believe this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to get away from the herds (and perhaps get a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers 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 more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest 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 arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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