Mexico – Yucatan: marvelous red flowsers
Cancun is the No. 1 leading holiday destination with U.S. traveling in other countries, with the help of affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in the event that you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to escape the crowds (and possibly 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 ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (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 beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out under the sun following an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves a distinct experience for tourists looking 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 lot of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a starter’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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