Cancun continues being the No. 1 prime holiday destination with USA vacation to foreign countries, with the help of low-priced air travels from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in the event that you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to escape the herds (and perhaps catch 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 early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much 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 much less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after 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 rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed 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? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a beginner’s diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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