The Busker, Child Portrait, Mexico City
Cancun remains the No. 1 major spot for U.S.A traveling in foreign countries, thanks to inexpensive airline tickets from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to get away from the masses (and possibly catch a few waves). Day Trip 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 provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re much less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, lavish club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are superb for laying out in the sun’s rays following an intimate meal 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 puts together an unique experience for vacationers trying to find 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 provide a number of offshore dive sites. However if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a starter’s diving course and then a museum dive for $80.
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