Speak like a child
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Cancun continues to be the No. 1 prime destination regarding U.S. travel overseas, with the help of low-cost airlines from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The shores of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to avoid the masses (and possibly catch a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a peek of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a huge 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 hits on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are fantastic for laying out under the sun’s rays shortly after an intimate meal at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you may gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer lots of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newbie’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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