Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime vacation spot when it comes to USA traveling in foreign countries, with the help of economical airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true 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 offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to escape the crowds (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Day Trip 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 provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out in the sun following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. But if 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 arranged at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a beginner’s diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.
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