Cancun continues being the No. 1 top location when it comes to UNITED STATE traveling in other countries, thanks to cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches 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 together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to get away from the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, have a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are great for laying out in the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one may access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a lot of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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