Teziutlán, Mexico

Teziutlán, Mexico
Teziutlán, Mexico

Cancun continues being the No. 1 prime desired destination with regard to USA vacation in other countries, thanks to inexpensive air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists looking to avoid the herds (and possibly grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers 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 experience, get a day trip drive into 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 be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula sets up a distinct experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer plenty of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the coolest locations to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed 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. New to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newbie’s diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.

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