Cancun continues to be the No. 1 leading destination regarding AMERICAN vacation to foreign countries, thanks to low-cost flights from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you believe this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to get away from 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 help remind vacationers of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront 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 be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are great for laying out in the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s bistros, and the 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 trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a number of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best 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 sea. New to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s diving session then a museum dive for $80.
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