Cancun is still the No. 1 prime location with U.S. vacation in foreign countries, due to low-priced airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to avoid the herds (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 travelers of the city’s early 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 much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are great for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer lots of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newbie’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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