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Cancun is still the No. 1 main spot for USA traveling in foreign countries, thanks to inexpensive airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine 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 joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to get away from the masses (and possibly grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, 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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are perfect for laying out in the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, 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 travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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