Party 'Til the Sun Comes Up in Cancun's 10Best Nightclubs

Kristin Busse

By , Local Expert, Cancún
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Cancun is a vacation destination that boasts world class resorts and dining, wide white sand beaches and the aqua blue Caribbean Sea, but Cancun may be best known for its outstanding and often outrageous nightlife. And the party don't stop 'til the sun comes up. 

It all started when college students discovered this tropical paradise and turned it into one of the world’s top Spring Break spots some 20 years ago, but Cancun's nightspots rock all year long and all ages are welcome to join the party. In any given club on any given night you’ll find partygoers that range from the age of 18 (legal drinking age in Mexico) to mid-50s...  Read more »

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    Coco Bongo

    Coco Bongo has everything, music, drinks, confetti, balloons and live performances.

    Local Expert Tip: "This club gets very crowded so get a table in one of the areas off the main floor to avoid the crowds. "

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    The City

    The City often features celebrity DJs and well-known musical acts.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you plan to attend a concert or special event at this club arrive before they open and wait in line. The club can accommodate over 5,000 people so there will be incredibly long lines if you arrive after the club has already opened. "

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    • Type: Lounge
    • Neighborhood: Zona Hotelera

    Mandala's open ambiance provides a different experience than big stadium-like clubs.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a nice alternative to the large, busy nightclubs. "

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    Palazzo is Cancun's newest nightclub. They often feature well-known DJS and the interior is beautiful.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you make reservations Palazzo will provide free transportation for loarger groups."

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    Karamba is a Cancun Gay institution. The shows are extremely entertaining.

    Local Expert Tip: "The crowd in Karamba is primarily made up of Cancun locals, who don't go out early. This club doesn't usually start to fill up until around midnight."

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    Roots Jazz Club

    Roots in Cancun's only real Jazz club. They feature very talented musicians and many different genres of music.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check Roots' website for their monthly events calendar so you can see a musical act that really interests you."

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    Dady'O is a Cancun nightlife institution and is still going strong after 24 years.

    Local Expert Tip: "To avoid waiting in the long line to enter the club, go with the entertainment staff from your hotel."

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    Congo Bar

    Congo's small open-air venue is great because you can also see what's going on outside in Cancun's Party Zone.

    Local Expert Tip: "The large nightclubs don't open until 10:30pm. If you want to start the party before then, Congo is a great place to do so. "

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    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Hotel Zone

    Terrasta is small and inexpensive and the patrons (and employees) party until the sun comes up.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's best to pay for the relatively inexpensive all-you-can-drink option if you plan on having more than 1-2 drinks at Terrasta."

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    La Vaquita

    La Vaquita serves "litros" (liters) and features a "Let's Get Ridiculous" theme night.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're looking for a crazy night try their #RidiculousParty."


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