Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime holiday location when it comes to UNITED STATE traveling to foreign countries, due to cheap airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to escape the masses (and possibly grab a few waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, 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 closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are fantastic for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s bistros, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, some of the best locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by English 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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