US / Mexico Border Crossing
US / Mexico Border Crossing
Cancun continues to be the No. 1 main location regarding UNITED STATE travel overseas, due to affordable air travels from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coastlines of Playa Tortugas along with Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil water including bungalow restaurants/bars underneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers hoping to get away from the herds (and perhaps grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout an uniquely 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 beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a pity to leave Cancun without having a glimpse of the most wild, extreme nightclub the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform these people can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is definitely a peaceful getaway from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are great for laying out in the sun after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula creates an unique experience for travelers searching for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can access by rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a number of offshore dive sites. However in the event that your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.
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