Cancun remains the No. 1 top holiday destination for United State Of America vacation abroad, due to economical air travels from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style nightlife that changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But in the event that you believe this former Mayan trading city is only a careless boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines provide the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers hoping to get away from the herds (and perhaps get 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 ancient history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a more immersive adventure, take 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 even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without a peek of the most wild, lavish nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun favorites on any kind of platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves an one-of-a-kind experience for vacationers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have lots of offshore dive sites. But in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest areas 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 exhibited at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set you up with a newcomer’s scuba diving lesson and after that a museum dive for $80.
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