Cancun continues to be the No. 1 main location when it comes to U.S.A travel in foreign countries, thanks to cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to avoid the masses (and maybe get a few waves). Excursion 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 give the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, have a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are excellent for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold lots of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English 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? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.
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