Mexico Highway 85
Mexico Highway 85
Cancun remains the No. 1 leading getaway for AMERICAN vacation overseas, thanks to low-cost airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to get away from the crowds (and maybe catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get 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 certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas 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 laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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