Oh, hello Mr. Soul

Oh, hello Mr. Soul
Oh, hello Mr. Soul

Cancun continues to be the No. 1 top holiday destination with U.S.A travel to foreign countries, due to cheap air travels from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to avoid the crowds (and possibly grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out under the sun following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.

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