Cancun is still the No. 1 main holiday location for USA traveling overseas, due to low-priced air travels from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to avoid the masses (and perhaps catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take 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 even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a number of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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