Zarape – México 3412

Zarape - México 3412
Zarape – México 3412

Cancun continues being the No. 1 top spot when it comes to U.S.A traveling overseas, thanks to low-priced flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style night life which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula in to a 24-hour party scene for college students pretty much every Spring Break. But if you presume this former Mayan trading city is merely a sloppy boozefest on the beach front, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see spots intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans along with bungalow restaurants/bars beneath the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to get away from the herds (and possibly grab a couple of waves). Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re significantly less crowded and even closer than Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a shame to leave Cancun without a look of the most wild, amazing club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ludicrous proportions– a huge 1,800-person club with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform these guys are able to climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This tiny isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the mainland. The palm-shaded oceanfronts are great for laying out under the sun’s rays after an intimate lunch 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 puts together an unique experience for tourists looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which you can access via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain lots 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, constructed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures arranged at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? No problem. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a beginner’s scuba diving session and then a museum dive for $80.

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