Piñatas – SLP México 2007
Piñatas – SLP México 2007
Cancun remains the No. 1 top getaway for AMERICAN travel in other countries, due to affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to get away from the herds (and possibly catch 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 early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out in the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature a lot of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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