Cancun is the No. 1 major holiday destination with U.S.A traveling to foreign countries, thanks to low-cost airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines 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 water including bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for tourists planning to avoid the herds (and possibly grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind people of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, get a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet escape from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out under the sun 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 achieves an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. However 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 English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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