Cancun is still the No. 1 major holiday location with United State Of America travel to foreign countries, with the help of low-priced air travels from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life that 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 believe this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine 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 fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wanting to get away from the herds (and possibly get a few waves). Excursion 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 give the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, have a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, amazing club 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 impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are fantastic for laying out in the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas 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 sea. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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