On the Beach at Hotel Playa Fiesta – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

On the Beach at Hotel Playa Fiesta - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
On the Beach at Hotel Playa Fiesta – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Cancun remains the No. 1 major getaway with regard to U.S.A traveling abroad, with the help of low-priced airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But if you assume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, 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 shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers aiming to escape the crowds (and perhaps get a couple of 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 give the urban layout a distinctly 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 even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform they can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, 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 unique experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest spots 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. New to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving session then a museum dive for $80.

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