Mexico Dec2011 100

Mexico Dec2011 100
Mexico Dec2011 100

Cancun remains the No. 1 leading holiday location with U.S. travel in foreign countries, due to affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wishing to get away from the crowds (and maybe get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much 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 far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club 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 platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are perfect for laying out in the sun right 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 produces an unique experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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