Todos Santos – Translucent Beauty

Todos Santos - Translucent Beauty
Todos Santos – Translucent Beauty

Cancun continues to be the No. 1 top holiday location when it comes to AMERICAN travel to foreign countries, due to low-cost flights from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students pretty much every Spring Break. But in case you believe 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: Sunshine, 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 joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists planning to get away from the herds (and maybe get a couple of 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 give the urban layout a distinctly mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most explosive, amazing club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these people can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is a quiet retreat from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an one-of-a-kind experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya offer lots of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one 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 laid out at the bottom of the ocean. New to scuba? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.

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