Mexico February 2010
Mexico February 2010
Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading vacation spot with U.S.A vacation in other countries, with the help of low-priced airfares from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, 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 case you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers aiming to avoid the herds (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive experience, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out under the sun’s rays right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots 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 exhibited at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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