Cancun remains the No. 1 major spot with regard to USA traveling abroad, due to low-cost airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that 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 in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to avoid the crowds (and maybe get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s early 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 much more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built 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. Brand-new to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a beginner’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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