Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli, Art Mexica

Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli, Art Mexica
Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli, Art Mexica

Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading location when it comes to U.S.A vacation overseas, thanks to cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to escape the crowds (and perhaps grab a few 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 provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun shortly 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 rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English 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 diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving course and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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