Cancun is still the No. 1 main vacation spot regarding USA vacation to foreign countries, due to cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to avoid the masses (and perhaps get a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers 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). But for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. But 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 English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.
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