Cancun continues being the No. 1 top getaway with regard to USA vacation in foreign countries, due to low-cost airlines 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 in case you assume this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to avoid the masses (and perhaps get a few waves). Excursion 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 a distinctively mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a lot of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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