Mexico Dec2011 050

Mexico Dec2011 050
Mexico Dec2011 050

Cancun is still the No. 1 prime desired destination with regard to U.S.A travel overseas, thanks to cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to avoid the masses (and possibly get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out in the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch break 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 creates a distinct experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have lots of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course then a museum dive for $80.

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