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These Places In Cancun Will Make You Want To Live There Forever

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Cancun is a Mexican city known for its beaches, resorts, nightlife and tourism. It is probably one of the more popular locations for summer vacation and spring break. With its beautiful beaches and many tourist locations, Cancun has a lot to offer. So here are 20 things you shouldn’t miss out on when you go to Cancun.

1. Go on an underground river tour of Rio Secreto.

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This newly-discovered river is a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, you will not be allowed to take your camera with you but pictures will be taken of you swimming in the river which you can purchase at the end of the tour.

2. Explore the Xplor amusement park.

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At the Xplor amusement park you can go zip-lining, drive an amphibious vehicle, swim and paddle through their underground river caves and luckily snap every single bit of it with the built in cameras throughout the park.

3. Go on a day trip to Xcaret.

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Xcaret is another amusement park but here you can explore more wildlife by swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling among the fishes, and walking through a butterfly garden.

4. Visit the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins.

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These pyramids are amazing and are a huge part of the Cancun experience. Don’t miss out on this perfect instagram snapshot.

5. Party at Señor Frogs like a tourist.

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So what about nightlife? Señor Frogs is the best tourist location where all people go to have the Vegas experience in Cancun. So kickback and relax with a few a shots at this famous restaurant.

6. Take a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

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Here you can find a beach that you can walk on, what seems like forever, and it will never get deeper than three feet. Here you can also visit so many little shops and restaurants.

7. Dive into a cenote for an otherworldly experience.

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Cancun is famous for their cenotes so make sure you plan a visit to one of these when you are here. Cenotes are really amazing and quite a sight.

8. Go parasailing over the beautiful blue water.

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What better place to go parasailing than in Cancun above their beautiful, clear ocean.

9. Take a trip to Xel-Ha for the perfect Instagram shot.

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This amusement park is an open-sea aquarium. Swim with marine life in the worlds largest natural aquarium.

10. Visit the Tulum ruins for some peace.

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With the ruins by the shore, you’ll be able to get some great snapshots of this sight. Plus, it’s a good place to relax.

11. Stroll down the path of Avenida Kukulkan.

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You’ll most likely cross this path when riding on a tour bus but rather than just passing by it make sure to take the time to walk down this path. This is where you’ll find all of the shops and restaurants of Cancun.

12. Sing and dance at Coco Bongo with hundreds of friends.

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Coco Bongo is the No. 1 spot for nightlife. A typical night here involves live performances, confetti, projected videos, balloons, and soap bubbles. However, come ready to spend a lot here because the cover charge for this location is quite pricy.

13. Get a history lesson at the Museo Maya de Cancun.

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If you would like to learn more about the Mayans, here is where you can go. The Museo Maya de Cancun has a lot of history told with the actual ruins.

14. Get your heart racing with a jetpack in Cancun.

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One of the new adventures in Cancun is taking a spin on a jetpack. So if you want to get an adrenaline rush take a speedy ride above the waters of Cancun. Ain’t the future great.

15. Why not take a moment to visit Cozumel?

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Yes, another island. Cozumel is another small island near Cancun with more snorkeling, lounging, and shopping opportunities. Worth an excurions if you want to get away from Cancun for a day.

16. Swim through a museum, which is awesome.

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Musa is an underwater museum where you can literally swim around sculptures. You won’t be able to get better shots than these.

17. Hike up a pyramid like a boss.

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Unlike Chichen Itza, you can still climb on top of these pyramids. The Mayan city of Coba is less popular than Chichen Itza which makes it a refreshing trip.

17. Dance on the tables at Blue Gecko.

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Another nightlife location, Blue Gecko Cantina is a popular place for drinks. Here you can party with the locals as you sip on one of their signature mojitos.

18. Pamper yourself with a spa day because you deserve it.

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If you are staying at one of Cancun’s resorts then you most likely will have the option of a spa day at the resort, and if you are on vacation then you definitely should pamper yourself.

19. Party at Xoximilco for a unique experience.

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At Xoximilco you can take a colorful boat ride as you explore its beautiful sights. While on the boat you will enjoy some great food and drinks.

20. Get the most of Cancun’s culture at Mercado 28.

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Visit Cancun’s huge flea market with over 600 vendors and restaurants. This will probably the best location to get some great souvenirs to take home.


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Cancun’s Scary Global Warming Problem Could Definitely Be A Lot More Lethal Than ‘GOT’ Villains If We Don’t Combat It Now

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Cancun’s Scary Global Warming Problem Could Definitely Be A Lot More Lethal Than ‘GOT’ Villains If We Don’t Combat It Now

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For the past several years, Cancun has notoriously become one of The Summer Spots. With promises of cheap beer, crystal clear surf and fun hangs, tourists typically flock to the vacation destination for good times in the spring and summer in troves. The location’s sands, beaches, and resorts are typically packed by this time of year, but a nasty visitor is washing up on the shores of these beaches, scaring off the usual summertime travel industry.

For the past several months, an invasion of seaweed-like algae hasn’t been just an eyesore for tourists, it’s also been a nasal deterrent.

Hundreds of pounds of seaweed-like algae is washing up on the shores of Cancun and it’s ruining the city’s tourist season.

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The past several months, the sunny resort town has been inundated with slimy, brown seaweed-like algae. It’s name is sargassum and it has washed up all along the coast around Cancun; stretching all the way down to Playa del Carmen and even further to Tulum. With the stench of rotten eggs, the algae smells just as gross as it looks and makes for a pretty unappealing soggy mess. It’s definitely not the sort of beach conditions that encourage tourists to visit.

Though Cancun businesses are feeling the effects of this invasion, the president of Mexico isn’t as concerned. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has reportedly called the problem controllable and has only allocated 2.6 Million for the removal of the algae. The removal is a slow process — being shoveled away by city workers — but the lack of resources makes the task even more difficult. Also, the endless onslaught of fresh algae with every tide doesn’t help. Even using front loaders and trucks for the cleanup, the work takes several hours and results in an algae-covered beach only moments later.

Officials aren’t certain what the cause of this algae is but there are clues that point to it being caused by major global issues.

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Scientists have suggested that the increase in algae is caused by the warming of our Earth because of the global climate change we are currently experiencing. This is the same hypothesis that has been suggested to explain Florida’s Red Tide. Earlier this month, scientists at the University of South Florida used satellite imaging to discover the largest bloom of the algae in the world. It’s being called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt and it is impacting beaches along North, Central, and South America.

Others believe that deforestation is to blame for the assault of algae on these beaches. Due to the logging and increased use of herbicide and fertilizers by Brazilian lumber companies in the Amazon forest, dangerous runoff flows into the ocean. The nutrients in these fertilizers encourage the growth of the algae; causing super blooms to occur.

In a release about a study of these super blooms, Dr. Chuanmin Hu of the USF College of Marine Science expressed concern about the state of the Atlantic ocean. He has predicted that:

“The ocean’s chemistry must have changed in order for the blooms to get so out of hand.”

Regardless of what the Mexican president and scientists say, locals who face this problem every day are the ones most impacted by the algae.

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Tourism in the community has taken a major hit during a time when Mexico is already heading towards a recession. The first three weeks of June, hotel occupancy in the area dropped by 3.4%. Air travel to the city also saw numbers that aren’t as optimistic as Cancun usually sees during this time of year. It only claimed 1.2%, the smallest amount of growth that the area has seen since 2011.

It isn’t just the international travel industry that loses money to the algae. In a city like Cancun, as much as 40% of jobs are tied to tourism alone. Events like this — that impact the beaches so severely — threaten the livelihood of locals. The Mexican transportation industry, local artisans, restaurants, beach resorts, and sight-seeing locations depend on this busy season to provide the bulk of their yearly income. In order to lure travelers, hotels in the area are even running specials. In many places in Cancun, tourists can get as much as 20% off rooms and free transportation to unaffected beaches.

Cleaning up after this mess will take a lot more than a few hundred shovels.

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Reversing the effects of climate change can not really be accomplished on an individual level. Realistically, a single person does not cause this damage. Instead, it is large conglomerations that hurt our Earth with their anti-environmental policies. Until the governments of the world decide to hold these companies accountable, nothing productive will be done to stop this damage.

Right now, we’re seeing this onslaught of algae but who knows what is in store for our environment if we don’t make major improvements soon. It’s more than just our Cancun vacations that are counting on these changes.

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