Cancun remains the No. 1 top location for UNITED STATE traveling in other countries, with the help of cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in case you assume this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists planning to avoid the herds (and maybe catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors 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 much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch 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 one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s diving session and then a museum dive for $80.
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