Playa del Carmen, Cancun's younger hippy sister to the south has grown exponentially in the last 10 years, and in addition to the new hotels, beach clubs, cafes, shops and restaurants, new bars and nightclubs have opened as well.
Playa, as it is affectionately called by locals, is now home to large "antros" aka nightclubs with booming sound systems, sparking lights and open bar like Coco Bongo, Mandala and Palazzo.
La Vaquita, Abolengo and Blue Parrot offer a vibrant atmosphere but are more bars than nightclubs.
Visitors who are looking for a more local scene can try La Santanera or Diablito Cha Cha Cha, while those looking for a party, club atmosphere during the day will like Coralina Daylight Club. Senor Frogs also offers a beach club during the day, and a lively bar/restaurant atmosphere at night.
Other popular nightlife options include La Fe, Catch, La Culpa, Salon Salsanera Raices and The Public Place.
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