Cancun Travel Guide


Nightlife is improving quickly, putting Cancun ahead of its Mexican Riviera counterparts. While several splashy discos dominate the scene, most resort hotels offer live lobby music, ranging from reggae to salsa, to solo guitar. Comedy and offtrack betting are now on the scene as well. It's said that Cancun has something for everyone, and this is especially true after dark. At night the tropical island switches into high gear and Cancun nightlife starts in earnest. Here are some of the more popular discos and clubs. Note that most discos collect a cover charge of $5-20 US per person.

El Alebrije: at La Isla entertainment center.
Azucar: fiesta atmosphere with live Caribbean music. Camino Real hotel.
Batach: live tropical music, Caribbean setting. Miramar MisiÄn hotel.
La Boom: English pub-style decor; holds up to 3500; high tech disco with nightly laser and light shows. L.F.
Caliente: sports book and elegant restaurant/bar. Fiesta Americana Cancun.
Cancun Queen: cruise the lagoon aboard an authentic Mississippi paddleboat. Live music, dancing, dinner. Morning cruises as well. Tel. 85-2288.
Caribbean Carnival: swashbuckling themed party cruise with costumes, buffet, open bar.
Cassis: live jazz music at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe.
Christine: Cancun's premier club, enormous dance floor. Krystal hotel.
Coco Bongo: the newest hot spot for tropical disco dancing.
Dady'O: tiered seating surrounds dance floor; zany atmosphere. Near Convention Center.
Dady Rock: restaurant/bar with live and DJ music.
Fat Tuesday: funky restaurant with beach party atmosphere.
Hard Rock Cafe: crowded and popular, live rock music. Plaza Lagunas Mall.
Liquid: popular club with rock 'n roll, high tech lighting.
Mango Tango: Caribbean floorshow featuring live music and dance.
El Mexicano: restaurant/bar with spectacular beach view and romantic music. Party Center: 50 stores, restaurants and clubs.
Pat O'Brian's: three bars and variety of music (jazz, country, rock, piano). Flamingo Plaza.
Planet Hollywood: one of Cancun's newest and hottest nightclubs. Flamingo Plaza.
Solarium: great bar with live jazz music; Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Sports World Cafe: sports book; dining/ bar with big screen, all sports, off-track betting.
Up and Down: "Up" is a cozy restaurant; "Down" is an ultramodern disco for 2,000 with spectacular special effects. Kukulcan Blvd.
Zandunga Cantina Beach & Mexican Grill: Resturant/Bar; DJ's and live bands; mariachi shows. The acclaimed Ballet FolklÄrico showcases the different musical traditions of the various regions in Mexico. Dancers perform nightly (except Wed.) at a dinner show at the Continental Plaza hotel, tel. 83-1022/85-1444.
How about an American movie? Plaza Kukulcan, La Isla, and Plaza Las Americas all have multiple screens showing the latest flicks. Tel. 85-30-21.

Cancun Nightlife
Sr. Frog's Bar Leaping More Info, Photos and Reservations
The greatest and wildest party in town at the 4 best bars: Carlos and Charlie's, Sr. Frog's, Come´n Eat and Coco Bongo. Including all you can drink during 7 full hours, cover charges and transportation between bars. Children not allowed.

Evening Cruises
For those wanting a little adventure, try one of the popular sunset cocktail or dinner cruises. Dinner cruises are like being on a floating restaurant - a wonderful way to see the sunset over the bay and the lights of Cancun.
Captain Hook Pirate Ship
With Lobster Dinner More Info, Photos and Reservations
With Rib eye Steak Dinner More Info, Photos and Reservations
Sail aboard the Captain Hook pirate ship over the wonderful waters Cancun's bay and presence a combat amid the seas with an enemy boat. Feast on a gourmet dinner of prime steak while enjoying Cancun's skyline under the stars. Includes Boat ride, show, dinner with lobster and domestic open bar.

Caribbean Carnival More Info, Photos and Reservations
Let us get you on board in a safe and comfortable cruise in Cancun and sail away to Isla Mujeres where the Carnival party begins with an open bar which lasts all night long. The fun continues with your arrival to the beautiful Caribbean island for a moonlight calypso cookout and a full dinner buffet. The night is still young and the entertainment goes on and on with one of the most exciting Caribbean tropical carnival shows this side of Havana.

Lobster Dinner "Columbus" More Info, Photos and Reservations
Escape the crowds and enjoy this beautiful cruise on the lagoon. The pleasure of sailing under the stars on the Nichupte Lagoon and the tempting joy of a gourmet feast. All while enveloped by the reflections of Cancun's lights. Not since 1492 has there been such a discovery.

The Best Bars and Dance Clubs

The nightlife in Cancun is active and loud. You'll find discos and bars with all types of music. Some offer laser and other start-of-the-art light shows. Most have an all-you-can-drink cover charge. In Cancun, things get going after 10:30pm and often stay rockin' until sunrise, so be prepared to have the time of your life!

Azucar Camino Real Hotel. Salsa Bar with Cuban Band. Dress code. A fantastic place for dancing to the best salsa and merengue rhythms or for watching the talented multi-piece bands – the fanciest footwork is often on stage. Open 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Closed Sunday.
Bulldog Cafe Located at the Krystal Hotel. Live and Rock Music. You pay cover and all drinks are included. This exciting new disco features the latest technology in audio and lighting systems, lasers, special effects, live shows, and staff entertainment. Open from 10:00 p.m. and rockin' until sunrise, the music features rock, hip hop, pop, alternative, salsa, and the international Top 10. To top it all off, an exotic 'Rock and Roll Jacuzzi' is available for the more untamed clientele.
Carlos 'n Charlie's Great Food and Great Party. Zany waiters perform on stage with live rock bands. Kukulcán km. 5.5
The City Opened in February 2004! The City is Cancun's newest nightclub. The concept is simple. It is a place for adults of all ages to have a great time. Featuring a tri-level state-of-the-art nightclub with laser shows and live music, a beach club with a wave pool, a lounge with a great appetizer menu, a restaurant with mouth-watering steaks, and a terrace bar.
Coco Bongo Located in the Heart of Cancun's Forum By The Sea. DJ & Live Music. Complete Entertainment. This unique club and disco features an entertainment format that not only includes live bands and the best in dance music, but also features performance arts and a visually stunning atmosphere. This trendy nightclub offers varied music such as Caribbean, Salsa, Techno, and classics from the 70's and 80's. Open from 10 pm.
Dady' O Mexico’s most popular club is known for endless nights of dancing, great parties and meeting many new friends. Its innovative architecture, famous DJ’s, three dimensional laser show, CO2 cooling and stunning action packed shows and theme parties are what makes this club an International Hot Spot for years. Open from 10 p.m. till…7 days a week
Dady Rock Bar Cancun’s wildest bar. Go on…Get your crazy out! Live bands, awesome DJ’s, & MC’s, contests and prizes make this spot the ultimate party experience. Theme parties and great entertainment guarantee a night to remember. Wanna Party? No problem! Open from 6 p.m. till… 7 days a week

Fat Tuesday Playa Tortugas. Pop music bar, famous for their delicious and tropical daiquiris. On the beach. Popular during spring break.
Hard Rock Café Blvd. Kukulcán "Forum by the Sea" . This classic destination features live rock music and good food.
Jazz Club ROOTS Art & Music 'til 2 a.m. Cancun's premier jazz club is located in downtown Cancun. Roots Jazz Club also serves Caribbean cuisine in a romantic atmosphere and is a frequent host of local events. Address: Roots Jazz Club is located at calle Tulipanes 26, SM 26
La Boom Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 3.5 . One of the largest discos in Cancun - mostly techno music. Separated by two sections, a video bar and bi-level disco, this is a great atmosphere to be in and to dance all night long. Open from 8 pm to 6 am. A sound and light show begins at 11:30 pm in the disco.
Margaritaville Located in Plaza Flamingo. Margaritaville's slogan is "offers visitors a familiar stop in unfamiliar territory." Good food. Great atmosphere.
O Ultra Lounge Elegance and chic surroundings make this ultra sexy lounge the perfect place to enjoy your evening and mingle between friends. A live DJ sets the tone with sultry sounds and great European influenced house blends, Chill Out, and deep house. The drinks and lounge menu offers an impressive selection of Exotic Martinis, Signature Cocktails, Bellini’s, Champagne and Premium Liquor. Savor delectable infusion type appetizers and desserts artfully crafted into the most tantalizing delights. Essential to the “lounge” experience is the ambient music, tasty cocktails and most importantly the art of conversation. Open Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-3 a.m.

Pat O'Brien's Plaza Flamingo. Excellent Restaurant Bar facing the lagoon. Live music nightly. Carrying out the New Orleans theme, this bar is the best of what the Big Easy is known for: fantastic piano music and enormous drinks coupled with a great lagoon view and funky decor. Open noon to 2am.
Planet Hollywood Plaza Flamingo. Hollywood atmosphere, music, dance, and good food!
Señor Frog's The joint is jumpin'. 100% party. ALWAYS jammed dance floor and party atmosphere. Good food. Live band and recorded music. Sawdust dance floor. Tequila Line, Mambo Lessons, Human Bowling. The place where the party is ageless. Open daily from dinner til...

Sports Bars
For keeping up on sporting events back Cancun - or just for hanging out and having fun.
Caliente Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 3.5 This huge sports betting complex has every sport available to watch, and a few to bet on as well. Horse racing is the big draw here. Have a drink and sit and watch a handful of the many televised sports which are broadcast simultaneously.

Champion's Hotel Marriott Casa Magna Km. 14.5. Phone: 881 20 00. With its sports motif and multiple televisions, Champion's is the place to be in Cancun for all major sporting events. Continuous live sports bar, choose from 40 TV's and one giant screen. Monday night football is always a highlight and come early on Fight Nights.

Winners Sports Bar By Dady Rock The ultimate American themed Sports bar is the place to cheer for your favorite team. Plasma Televisions, giant screen, 6 live satellite signals, billiards, darts and more! The spot for a good old pint of beer, wholesome American grub, good company and a comfortable place to watch your favorite sports game. Open daily from 4 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

Mexican Fiestas
If you haven't experienced a real Mexican Fiesta, you must go see one. These dinner shows includes an enormous buffet, margaritas a-plenty, and a sampling of traditional Mexican music, song and dance. Check the larger chain hotels for times.
Cantinas have been around Mexico for over 100 years. The cantina started when a liquor store owner decided to install a crude bar with tables and chairs in a space next to his store to provide a refuge for men to meet and drink tequila, socialize and gamble. The shop owner later connected the two establishments by opening a hatch in the common wall. The architectural term, in Spanish, for an opening between two rooms is "cantina". In the early 1980's cantinas opened their doors for the first time to women. Inside Cancun's modern day cantinas you will find great food and drink with a charming ambiance that make these bar-restaurants so popular among the locals. In the evening you can expect a hip younger crowd who come to listen to many local bands that play in these quaint bars. On Wednesday afternoons, when Cancun has its weekly bull fights, you can expect these bars to be packed and very lively, just like in traditional times.
La Faena - Av. Bonampak, Bullfight Arena. Phone: 884-4197
La Guadalupana - Av. Bonampak, Bullfight Arena. Phone: 887-0660
La Jarana - Av. Bonampak, Bullfight Arena.

Evening Cultural Activities
Ballet Folklorico At the Continental Villas Plaza, you will find the internationally renowned Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Mexico-Aztlan. This highly acclaimed, professional troupe performs traditional dances to Mexican music. Everything from the costumes, choreography and music have been heavily researched and so are truly authentic. At the Party Center adjacent to the Convention Center, live folkloric bands perform nightly in the central courtyard that provides access to clubs, bars, discos and restaurants.

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