playa del carmen, mexico oct2014
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 top destination for U.S.A traveling to foreign countries, with the help of low-priced airlines from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you believe this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to escape the crowds (and perhaps grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s early 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 more immersive experience, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, amazing club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are excellent for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature lots of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed 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. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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