Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading desired destination for United State Of America traveling abroad, with the help of affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life 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 assume this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t 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 shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to avoid the masses (and possibly grab a few waves). Excursion 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 feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, 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 onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving session and then a museum dive for $80.
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