Mexico City crosswalk (City Clock)

Mexico City crosswalk (City Clock)
Mexico City crosswalk (City Clock)

Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading getaway when it comes to UNITED STATE traveling abroad, thanks to economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you assume this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to get away from the crowds (and maybe get a couple of waves). Day Trip 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 distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, get 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 be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. However in the event that 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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