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Cancun Nightlife

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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! For those wanting a little adventure at sea, 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.
 

Cancun Party Tours / Evening Activities

 Captain Hook
Location: CANCUN   Departs From: CANCUN  

 

Come and live a fantastic adventure aboard the Galeon I and Bucanero II, two 17th century authentic Spanish Galleon replicas that thanks Captain Hook you will enjoy with an entire night of games, exquisite food and a pirate show.
 Caribbean Carnaval
Location: ISLA MUJERES   Departs From: CANCUN 
Transportation From: RIVIERA MAYA / PLAYA DEL CARMEN

 

On board the Caribbean Carnaval you will be part of an unforgettable Caribbean evening. Enjoy our party atmosphere with a variety of drinks, such as our famous Margaritas, Piña Coladas and Tequila Sunrise, while we arrive to our private dock at Isla Mujeres for a show a dinner buffet under the stars.
 Carlos 'n Charlies Cozumel
Location: COZUMEL

 

Get ready to party, have fun and enjoy delicious food! If you’re looking for a casual place to eat during your vacations in Cozumel, then Carlos 'n Charlie's is a fantastic family-friendly option, serving up a great selection of food and also offering an open-bar.
 Columbus Lobster Dinner
Location: CANCUN   Departs From: CANCUN   Transportation From: RIVIERA MAYA

 

Cherish your partner and treat them to a special evening on Cancun's gorgeous Nichupte Lagoon, when you board the Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise. Experience a truly romantic evening as you listen to the soothing sound of the sea over a memorable meal.
 Cozumel Bar Hop Tour 
Location: COZUMEL   Departs From: COZUMEL

 

Life is better by the ocean! The Cozumel Bar Hop Tour takes you to the hottest beaches in Cozumel so you can experience four incredible locations accompanied by excellent cocktails. You already have a designated driver, so join in the party and leave all cares behind on this exciting five-hour tour of Cozumel
 Night Fishing
Location: CANCUN   Departs From:  CANCUN

 

Would you like to fish for your own dinner? Come and enjoy this unforgettable experience of night fishing aboard our boats, sailing the tranquil and gorgeous Caribbean waters. You'll find an array of tropical fish such as Snappers, Sharks, Groupers and Barracudas..
 Pirate Assault
Location: ISLA MUJERES  Departs From: CANCUN 
Transportation to Cancun From: RIVIERA MAYA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN

 

Live an authentic pirate adventure in the Caribbean Sea. On the Caribbean Cabaret boat you’ll sail the Caribbean crystal waters to a mysterious Pirate Village on Isla Mujeres. There, some funny and friendly hosts will welcome and invite you to enjoy a succulent dinner buffet style as well as an open bar.
 Senor Frogs Cozumel
Location: COZUMEL

 

Enjoy a fun and exciting party at Senor Frogs Restaurant, Bar and Souvenir Store during your visit to the island of Cozumel. The relaxing and dynamic atmosphere in this fantastic location will make this one of the most memorable dining experiences of your trip
 Uxmal Light & Sound Show
Location: YUCATAN   Departs From: MERIDA   Transportation From: HOTELS IN MERIDA

 

Uxmal, the city that has been built three times, lies majestic surrounded by nature, witness of the Mayan’s lifestyle at its peak. It is 38 miles away from Merida and it is considered one of the most representative Mayan site in the Puuc area, name given to describe the architectural style of the region.
 
Captain Hook 
Location: CANCUN   Departs From: CANCUN   Transportation From: --
Come and live a fantastic adventure aboard the Galeon I and Bucanero II, two 17th century authentic Spanish Galleon replicas that thanks Captain Hook you will enjoy with an entire night of games, exquisite food and a pirate show.
Caribbean Carnaval 
Location: ISLA MUJERES   Departs From: CANCUN  Transportation From: RIVIERA MAYA / PLAYA DEL CARMEN
On board the Caribbean Carnaval you will be part of an unforgettable Caribbean evening. Enjoy our party atmosphere with a variety of drinks, such as our famous Margaritas, Piña Coladas and Tequila Sunrise, while we arrive to our private dock at Isla Mujeres for a show a dinner buffet under the stars.
Columbus Lobster Dinner 
Location: CANCUN   Departs From: CANCUN   Transportation From: RIVIERA MAYA
Cherish your partner and treat them to a special evening on Cancun's gorgeous Nichupte Lagoon, when you board the Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise. Experience a truly romantic evening as you listen to the soothing sound of the sea over a memorable meal.
Pirate Assault 
Location: ISLA MUJERES  Departs From: CANCUN  Transportation From: RIVIERA MAYA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Live an authentic pirate adventure in the Caribbean Sea. On the Caribbean Cabaret boat you’ll sail the Caribbean crystal waters to a mysterious Pirate Village on Isla Mujeres. There, some funny and friendly hosts will welcome and invite you to enjoy a succulent dinner buffet style as well as an open bar.
 

Cancun Nightclubs

 
Bulldog Cafe  In the heart of the Hotel Zone, Bulldog Cancun offers the best ambiance with world-class facilities and unsurpassed lighting, sound and special effects equipment. Every night, Bulldog presents different entertainment options which go form our live band, DJs and great music, to our Lucha Libre Show (Live Wrestling Show), bikini contest, live Chippendale Show, them parties, etc.. our VIP area also features a private Jacuzzi for women only. We will do our best to entertain you nightly from 10:00 pm till the sunrises.
 
 
Coco Bongo  You will not find another club like COCO BONGO in Latin America that offers such variety. Acrobats equal as those seen in Cirque du Solei, impersonators bringing to life pops stars such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears etc. Not to mention the best DJs in Cancun. All of this excitement and energy brought to you with the help of mega screens of the highest resolution. You will find people dancing everywhere making their visit to COCO BONGO an unforgettable experience.
 
 
Dady O  Every night at Cancun Dady 'O you can enjoy our world famous spectacular light and laser show, during the best Cancun nightlife so don't forget to come early, you won't forgive yourself if you miss it.
 
 
Dady Rock   Start your evening off with a great dinner, try our Tex Mex menu at the terrace open at 6:00 p.m. or inside our club open at 8:00 p.m. Prepare yourself to experience the most explosive party with our M.C., live band, DJs contests and shows that will make your night a night to remember.
 
 
O Ultra Club is an intimate lounge and perfect gathering place. Elegance and chic surrounding make this ultra sexy lounge the perfect place to enjoy your evening and mingle between friends. Banquettes and tables surround the bar, lavished in modem leathers with splashes of red and black accents. Poetic and innovative color lighting effects create new dimensions of excitement, energy and positive vibes throughout.
 
The City  The City counts on the best system of sound of Latin America and represents a true tribute the technology to the art of the sound, the lights and the magic. The scene this designed for live entertainment and concerts of artists and DJs of world-wide stature as 50 cent, Sasha, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, to mention some. The City includes all kinds of surprises during the night, special effects and the acrobatic representation of show and performances. In addition it counts on his beach club the perfect place for your events. Today, The City is but the important maintenance center of all Latin America.
 
Basic  Basic; without a doubt, is the most innovative concept of nightlife in Cancun. It is the only night club built over the lagoon. Our amazing half opened architecture which offers an extraordinary view is our most distinctive feature. The sky, water and natural elements surrounding the location enhance the state-of-the art decoration with one of the best lighting and illuminating systems that produce an electrifying atmosphere.
 

Cancun Bars

 
Azucar Caribbean Bar  Considered the most prestigious salsa bar in all the Mexican Caribbean, Azucar showcases the very best Latin American bands. Go just to watch the locals dance (the beautiful people tend to turn up here really late). Proper dress is required-no jeans or sneakers. Address: KM. 8.8 blvd. Kukulcan Punta Cancun next to Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa, hotel zone.
 
 
Dos Equis XX Terrace Bar   2XX bar and terrace is a different concept, offering the best music, entertainment and service. Decorated in A Caribbean style, with palms, palapas, hammocks, beds and Jacuzzi. Offering entertainment of first level: performances, dancers, reggaeton live band, air dancers djs and MCs that will make you take the party to the climax, the music that is enjoyed in our bar and terrace includes from classic of all the times, rock, disco, disco music, hip-hop, and electronic music in Spanish.
 
Senor Frogs  If you've ever been to a Señor Frog's, you already know that we're a place where people of all backgrounds hang together, dance, sing and basically act they way they want - without worrying about silly rules and regulations.
 
 
Champions  Champions is the hottest sports restaurant bar in Cancun that combines the excellence of casual food with the best national and international. Watch U.S. NFL football, NHL hockey, MLB baseball. college sports, soccer and more on big-screen TVs! Located inside the Marriott Casa Magna Hotel.
 
 
La Taberna  La Taberna is a Sport Bar, Restaurant, and Internet Cafe catering primarily to the local Mexicans and Foreigners that live here. Many tourists come to La Taberna too so don't be surprised if you hear many languages being spoken. Located in downtown Cancun (el centro) on Avenida Yaxchilan.
 
 
Los Cuatro Elementos
The 4 Elements offers you a very cozy and intimate spot where you can enjoy the greatest drinks in a bohemian atmosphere. Trove, Ballads and Spanish Rock are played by the finest bands and musicians in Cancun. Bring your friends, your couple or just mingle and have the time of your life in the best interactive Bar in Cancun. Located in the Hotel Xbalamaque on Avenida Yaxchilan en el centro.
 
 
Roots Jazz Club
Cancun's premiere jazz club is located in the heart of Downtown Cancun, rather than the tourist district. A meeting point for sophisticated locals, Roots also serves Caribbean cuisine in a candle-lit atmosphere and is a frequent host of local art events.
 
 

Cancun Lounge Bars

 
Thai Lounge
Located on the outer edges of the La Isla Shopping mall, Thai Lounge is truly serene. Low lights, sultry chilled & rhythmic music, individual tropical forested cabanas for cozy dining, set with the outside wall of the Mall on one side, and the lagoon and dolphin tank of the aquarium on another.
 

Cancun Nightlife for the Over-30 Crowd

Pancho & Willy’s

By Joshua Garber, 2010
Ahh, Cancun, Mexico... A vacation paradise with clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, a tourist friendly local culture and an invigorating, fast paced nightlife! Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? And that fast paced nightlife is no joke when you’re talking about Cancun!

Clubs such as Coco Bongo, Señor Frogs, Dady ‘O & bulldog take in thousands of tourists a week with their brilliant stage and light shows, open bars and DJ music until the sun comes up. These clubs are a ton of fun with a lot of pros, but with expensive cover charges, extremely loud music and the dance floors and bars packed to the nines, they also bare a few cons as well.

So where does a tourist go if they are not into the fast paced nightlife scene anymore? What if you just want to relax in a nice club or restaurant where you can hear yourself talk, maybe catch some great live entertainment without a high cover charge? Located on the South end of the Hotel Zone, you will find such a place in Pancho & Willy’s @ Captain’s Cove, and every taxi driver in Cancun knows Captain’s Cove. Looking to secure business from the over-30 age market, the owners of Captain’s Cove, The Royal Resorts, knew that a lot of their owners in their resorts did not have a place where they could go to relax and let their hair down. When Hurricane Wilma destroyed Captain’s Cove in 2005, operators of the resorts listened to their owners and added a late night location to Captain’s Cove that they could just walk across the street to without going to the noisy clubs in the party zone.

Captain’s Cove offers a very nice and affordable seafood menu, while P& W’s has a lighter menu. On Monday, Wednesday & Friday nights you can enjoy Chubby’s Karaoke starting at 9pm. And this is no ordinary karaoke show. With hosting shows for over 20 years, this entertainment company provides something for everyone that walks into the bar that wants to enjoy a cocktail or three! Above P& W’s stage hangs a giant 15ft wide by 12ft tall video screen where patrons can sing along from their seats with the words from every karaoke song. If you feel like hitting the stage and singing yourself, Chubby’s Karaoke boasts a library of over 25,000 songs to sing and over 11,000 videos to play on the big screen. And what if you are not much of a karaoke enthusiast? Not to worry. In between every karaoke singer or just when the crowd gets in a dancing mood, Chubby’s Karaoke plays a variety of music videos ranging from clips of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, to your favorite Lady Gaga hit! This is definitely one of the most entertaining shows in the Hotel Zone, and all without a cover charge!

If karaoke is still not your cup of tea, P& W’s offers you one of the best bands in Cancun. Every Tuesday night at 10pm, FLASHBACK hits the stage playing all of your favorite hits in English and Spanish from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s on up to the hits of today! Flashback has been entertaining patrons in Cancun for over 15 years and has been playing P& W’s since their opening in 2006.

So if you are not looking to pay a big cover charge and dance till 5am with the younger crowd in the one of the big clubs in the Party Zone of Cancun, chances are you are over 30, but not dead yet. You are still on vacation and looking to go out and enjoy a night on the town, just a slightly quieter one right? Then Captain’s Cove and Pancho & Willy’s is for you. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm every day at P& W’s and has one of the most breathtaking sunset views in all of Cancun. Captain’s Cove and Pancho & Willy’s is located on the shores of the lagoon opposite The Royal Mayan & Omni Hotels, Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 16.5, in the Hotel Zone.

-Joshua Garber is a professional musician and freelance writer who lived and worked in Cancun, Mexico for 7 years.

 

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