Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta

Cancun is the No. 1 leading holiday location with UNITED STATE travel overseas, due to low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you presume this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers looking to get away from the herds (and perhaps get a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind vacationers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are perfect for laying out in the sun right after an intimate lunch break 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 builds an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide 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, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.

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