Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, La Concordia, Mexico
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 top holiday destination with regard to United State Of America vacation in foreign countries, with the help of affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you imagine this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine 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 below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to escape the herds (and possibly grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a number of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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