Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading holiday location for U.S.A traveling abroad, thanks to low-priced airfares from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, 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 joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water along with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to get away from the herds (and possibly grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 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 onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are fantastic for laying out in the sun following 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 rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide plenty of offshore dive sites. But in the event 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 ocean. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newbie’s diving course then a museum dive for $80.
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