Cancun remains the No. 1 prime location for UNITED STATE traveling abroad, thanks to economical air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists seeking to avoid the masses (and maybe catch a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down 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 undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are perfect for laying out under the sun right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates a distinct experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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