Mosaico Azul – México 2008
Mosaico Azul – México 2008
Cancun is the No. 1 prime holiday location regarding AMERICAN vacation overseas, with the help of affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists hoping to avoid the crowds (and maybe get a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, amazing club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for travelers searching for 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 feature a number of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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