Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading vacation spot when it comes to UNITED STATE traveling abroad, with the help of low-priced airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real 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 deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to escape the herds (and maybe get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays right after 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 rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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 arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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