México – Colima
México – Colima
Cancun remains the No. 1 prime location when it comes to U.S.A vacation in foreign countries, due to low-cost air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life that changes 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 assume 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, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to get away from the masses (and perhaps grab 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 a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 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 favorites on any kind of platform these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a lot of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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