Cancun remains the No. 1 prime place regarding UNITED STATE travel abroad, thanks to cheap air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers seeking to avoid the herds (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far 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 feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a huge 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 hits on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a number of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots 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 diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s diving session then a museum dive for $80.
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