The site of Monte Alban (Mexico)

The site of Monte Alban (Mexico)
The site of Monte Alban (Mexico)

Cancun is the No. 1 major spot for U.S.A traveling overseas, with the help of cheap air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which 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 expect this former Mayan trading city is simply a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyful party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers planning to get away from the herds (and perhaps 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 ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without a peek of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out in the sun 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 rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for tourists searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that one may access by rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya provide a lot 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, constructed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set anyone up with a newbie’s scuba diving lesson and afterwards a museum dive for $80.

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