Mexico – Chichén Itzá; the Kukulcán pyramid

 

Mexico - Chichén Itzá; the Kukulcán pyramid
Mexico – Chichén Itzá; the Kukulcán pyramid

Cancun remains the No. 1 prime location regarding U.S. travel to foreign countries, thanks to economical flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists seeking to escape the crowds (and possibly get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers 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). But for a more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are ideal for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s diving session and then a museum dive for $80.

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