Cancun remains the No. 1 major place with regard to U.S.A traveling in foreign countries, with the help of affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply 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 without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to avoid the herds (and possibly get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun following an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a number of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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