Portrait . Mexico
Portrait . Mexico
Cancun is still the No. 1 prime place with U.S. travel to foreign countries, with the help of low-priced airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists aiming to escape the crowds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into 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 pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out in the sun after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a number of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the best locations 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 arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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