Repairman Under the Bridge – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cancun remains the No. 1 main getaway when it comes to United State Of America vacation abroad, thanks to low-priced air travels from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But if you consider this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines 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 oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to escape the masses (and perhaps grab 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 give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, have 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 than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out under the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s restaurants, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates a distinct experience for vacationers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide lots of offshore dive sites. However assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best areas 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 ocean. Brand-new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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