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Cancun continues being the No. 1 top location when it comes to U.S. vacation overseas, with the help of inexpensive airfares from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, 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 Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to get away from the herds (and maybe get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are great for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.

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