Museo de Lola Beltran
Cancun is still the No. 1 prime holiday destination when it comes to USA vacation in other countries, due to low-priced airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to avoid the crowds (and perhaps grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly 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 definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these people are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate meal at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces a distinct experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty 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, built 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. Brand-new to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a beginner’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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