Sunset @ Ciudad de Mexico

Sunset @ Ciudad de Mexico
Sunset @ Ciudad de Mexico

Cancun continues being the No. 1 leading getaway for USA travel to foreign countries, thanks to low-cost airlines from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in case you assume this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists planning to get away from the herds (and perhaps catch a couple of 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 appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out under the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula builds an one-of-a-kind experience for visitors searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a number of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots 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 sea. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set you up with a newcomer’s diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.

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