Cancun is the No. 1 leading desired destination when it comes to AMERICAN vacation overseas, due to low-cost flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, 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 pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you assume this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines 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 oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to get away from the crowds (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are perfect for laying out in the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s diving lesson and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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