The Doors of Mexico City
The Doors of Mexico City
Cancun is still the No. 1 prime getaway when it comes to USA traveling abroad, due to affordable airfares from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But in the event that you presume this former Mayan trading city is just a careless boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water together with bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for travelers planning to get away from the masses (and maybe catch 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 early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive experience, have a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, extreme nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform these guys are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This small island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coastlines are ideal for laying out under the sun’s rays right after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an unique experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, some 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. New to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a starter’s diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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