Puerto Vallarta . Mexico

Puerto Vallarta . Mexico
Puerto Vallarta . Mexico

Cancun is the No. 1 prime getaway with USA vacation in other countries, thanks to cheap airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, 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 Spring Break. But in case you consider this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists hoping to avoid the masses (and maybe get a few waves). Day Trip 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 provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are ideal for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates a distinct experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a number of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest 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 laid out at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving course and then a museum dive for $80.

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