Cancun remains the No. 1 leading holiday destination regarding UNITED STATE traveling in other countries, due to cheap airlines from the States, 14 miles of coasts, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for tourists wanting to avoid the herds (and maybe grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind tourists of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely mythic look (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 much less crowded and even closer compared to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on virtually any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are excellent for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an unique experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one can gain access to by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer a lot of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created 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. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s diving course and after that a museum dive for $80.
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