Cancun is the No. 1 leading vacation spot regarding U.S. vacation in other countries, with the help of low-cost airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that 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 if you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine 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 fun party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers seeking to get away from the masses (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists 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). However, for a more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out in the sun’s rays right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves a distinct experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a number of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a starter’s scuba diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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