Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading holiday destination when it comes to U.S. travel to foreign countries, due to low-cost airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you imagine this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to avoid the crowds (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, 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 closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are ideal for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch 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 produces an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a lot of offshore dive sites. But in the event that 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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