Plaza de Sayulita
Cancun continues being the No. 1 major vacation spot with regard to U.S. vacation in other countries, with the help of low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers looking to escape the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Excursion 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 appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are superb for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold plenty of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest locations 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 displayed at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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