Cancun is still the No. 1 main desired destination with USA travel in foreign countries, with the help of low-cost air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to avoid the masses (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront 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 definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are fantastic for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal 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 an unique experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have lots of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best 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 sea. Brand new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newbie’s diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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