Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime holiday destination for U.S. travel to foreign countries, with the help of economical flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true 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 deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to escape the herds (and perhaps get a few waves). Day Trip 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 give the urban layout a distinctively 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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations 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 arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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