Cancun remains the No. 1 prime holiday destination when it comes to U.S.A traveling overseas, thanks to economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers aiming to get away from the herds (and perhaps catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly 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 beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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 arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.
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