Cancun is the No. 1 prime holiday location when it comes to USA vacation to foreign countries, with the help of inexpensive flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in the event that you believe this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations 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 offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to avoid the crowds (and maybe get a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors 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 more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out under the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds a distinct experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain lots of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a starter’s diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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