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Cancun is still the No. 1 leading getaway for United State Of America traveling to foreign countries, with the help of economical airlines from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers seeking to get away from the masses (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 provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront 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 having a look of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are ideal for laying out under the sun after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds a distinct experience for visitors trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature lots of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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