Cancun remains the No. 1 top holiday destination with U.S.A traveling in foreign countries, thanks to economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers seeking to avoid the masses (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a number of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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