Cancun is the No. 1 prime getaway regarding United State Of America travel to foreign countries, thanks to cheap 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 each and every single Spring Break. But in the event that you assume this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you have not experienced the real Cancun. 3 must-see attractions for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Fine sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat 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 travelers planning to avoid the crowds (and maybe grab a couple of waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray 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 much more immersive experience, have 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 even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would definitely be a shame to leave Cancun without having a look of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to unbelievable proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person club along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any kind of platform these guys can climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is definitely a quiet escape from the craziness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are perfect for laying out under the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes in which one may access via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya hold a lot of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, some of the best spots 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 displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand-new to diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newbie’s diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.
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