Mexico – Yucatan: a small village in a tropical environment

 

Mexico - Yucatan: a small village in a tropical environment
Mexico – Yucatan: a small village in a tropical environment

Cancun continues to be the No. 1 major spot for U.S. vacation in foreign countries, due to low-cost airfares from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in the event that you consider this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to avoid the masses (and perhaps grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, extravagant nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 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 platform they are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are ideal for laying out under the sun right after an intimate lunch 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 creates an unique experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number 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, developed 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 sea. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving session then a museum dive for $80.

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