Mexico view from road
Mexico view from road
Cancun is still the No. 1 main location regarding AMERICAN vacation to foreign countries, thanks to inexpensive airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not 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 coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to escape the masses (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (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 far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are great for laying out in the sun shortly 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 rainforest 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 by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best 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 ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a starter’s scuba diving session then a museum dive for $80.
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