Pátzcuaro – Mich México 2008 6811
Cancun continues being the No. 1 top place with regard to UNITED STATE vacation abroad, thanks to low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, 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 in case you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach front, 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 beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to avoid the masses (and perhaps catch a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are perfect for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to diving? 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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