Cancun remains the No. 1 major vacation spot for U.S.A vacation to foreign countries, due to affordable airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you think this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores 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 together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to escape the herds (and possibly get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, amazing nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out under the sun right after an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have lots 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, constructed 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. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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