Vecindad / Neighbourhood

Vecindad / Neighbourhood
Vecindad / Neighbourhood

Cancun continues being the No. 1 main location when it comes to U.S.A travel to foreign countries, due to cheap air travels from the States, 14 miles of shorelines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But if you presume this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines deliver the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a joyous party beach with calm, tranquil oceans and bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is simply an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wishing to avoid the crowds (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 early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a 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 much less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a shame to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most explosive, amazing nightclub the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a quiet escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are excellent for laying out under the sun following an intimate lunch break at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates a distinct experience for vacationers trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a lot of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, created by English 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 diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a starter’s diving lesson then a museum dive for $80.

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