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Cancun continues to be the No. 1 top location with U.S. traveling in foreign countries, with the help of low-cost airfares from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to avoid 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 tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (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 much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. However 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, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.

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