Cancun is still the No. 1 main holiday destination when it comes to USA vacation in foreign countries, due to cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to avoid the herds (and maybe get 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 an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, have 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 even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together a distinct experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature lots of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s diving session then a museum dive for $80.
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