Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta

Cancun remains the No. 1 top holiday destination when it comes to UNITED STATE vacation to foreign countries, due to low-cost airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines 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 tourists planning to escape the herds (and perhaps catch a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive into 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 definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, extravagant nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are fantastic for laying out under the sun’s rays following 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 puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.

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