Puerto Vallarta > Mexico
Puerto Vallarta > Mexico
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 top desired destination with regard to U.S.A vacation to foreign countries, thanks to economical airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in the event that you expect this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to avoid the herds (and possibly catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for visitors looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which you may gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, constructed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s scuba diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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