Cancun is the No. 1 leading holiday destination regarding AMERICAN vacation in foreign countries, due to cheap airfares from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style night life which transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for university students every Spring Break. But in the event that 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 tourist attractions intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, 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 an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil oceans together with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is truly an escapist beach with white sand for tourists seeking to get away from the herds (and perhaps catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray help remind travelers of the city’s early 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 down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would certainly be a pity to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extreme club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of wandering spotlights, and hundreds of partiers moving to DJ-spun favorites on any platform these guys can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This small isle off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful retreat from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are ideal for laying out under the sun following an intimate lunch at one of the island’s dining establishments, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula puts together an one-of-a-kind experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one can access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a lot of offshore dive sites. But in the event that your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by British 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? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a newcomer’s diving session and afterwards a museum dive for $80.
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