Mexico – Chichen Itza
Mexico – Chichen Itza
Cancun is the No. 1 main holiday destination with U.S. vacation in foreign countries, with the help of low-cost flights from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide 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 travelers wishing to get away from the masses (and maybe get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient 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, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain lots of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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