Cancun remains the No. 1 prime holiday location for United State Of America traveling to foreign countries, with the help of affordable airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores 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 water along with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers looking to avoid the masses (and maybe grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s ancient 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 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 be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that 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 exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newbie’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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