Cancun continues being the No. 1 top place with USA travel abroad, thanks to affordable flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches 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 below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers seeking to get away from the masses (and possibly catch a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a 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 closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an unique experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas 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. Brand-new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s diving lesson and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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