Best Party Hotels in Cancún

Where's the fiesta? Keep calm and party on in these Cancun hotels

Cancun isn't just for Spring Breakers anymore. Visitors from countries all over the world visit Cancun each year to relax, explore and well, PAR-TAY! This popular vacation destination is home to some of the best nightclubs and bars on the planet, but some resorts cater to guests looking for a party atmosphere.

Without a doubt, the Oasis Cancun is the #1 party resort in the Hotel Zone. They provide weeks of parties to thousands of Spring Breakers each year and host events like MTV Spring Break. They also host concerts throughout the year.

The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, located about an hour south of Cancun, is another resort where there's always a party, especially on the adult-only side, Heaven. The Hard Rock also features concerts by major recording stars like Jon Bon Jovi and Flo Rida. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun offers a rockin' vacation for the whole family. 

For visitors looking for a more risque (and varying levels of naked) party atmosphere, Desire Pearl, Desire and Temptation fit the bill.

It's important to note that these resorts don't feature loud parties 24 hours a day, and the level of craziness differs in each hotel, but one thing you can always count on is always being able to find a fiesta in Cancun.


Desire Pearl Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive, adult-only, clothing-optional resort located in Puerto Morelos, a small, charming fishing village located about 25 minutes south of the Cancun airport. Three restaurants and four bars including "Obsession Nightclub & Play Room" are available to guests. Desire Pearl is a bit newer and a bit less "spicy" than sister resort Desire Resort & Spa, however, it is important to note that when visiting either resort you will encounter other guests, um, erm, taking part in "intimate activities". Guests of Desire Pearl have full access to Desire Resort and vice versa.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: At Desire Pearl Resort & Spa clothing is optional, and "intimate" activites are allowed in some public areas of the hotel.

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Desire Resort & Spa is located in the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, some 25 minutes south of Cancun's international airport. This all-inclusive, adults-only (21+) resort is not for the faint of heart, as it is clothing-optional. The resort offers four restaurants to its guests, including "Gourmet Aphrodisiac Cuisine". There are also five bars for visitors to enjoy, including "Y Nightclub & Sin Room" where clothing is also optional. (Only the most adventurous guests enter the Sin Room.) All activities and performances are a bit racy and created for adults. With four types of "passion-evoking suites", pole dance lessons and more, Desire Resort & Spa is a place where practically anything goes.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: Desire Resort & Spa is clothing optional and practically anything goes here.

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Riu Cancun is one of four Riu hotels in the Hotel Zone. Located at kilometer 9 of Kukulcan Boulevard, this is not a crazy party resort, but there is always something fun going on and the activity team really encourages guests to join in. In addition, the resort is within walking distance of Cancun's Party Center, where the nightclubs and bars are located. (Read: no taxis or drunken bus rides.) The resort features nightly shows and a popular, lively lobby bar. The little ones can party here too, as the resort features entertainment for all ages, including the Riu Land Kids Club. Adults can dance the night away in Pacha, the hotel's nightclub.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: The Riu Cancun is located within walking distance of the Party Center and has its own nightclub.

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Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa is an adults-only resort located at kilometer 14.5 of the Hotel Zone. This certainly isn't a Spring Break hotel, but there are fun activities available all day by the pool, and four bars in the hotel including a beach bar and beer garden. The Tiki Bar, a guest favorite, is open until 2 am daily. At Sixtie's bar, guests can play pool, ping pong, or sing Karaoke. There are also nightly shows. Although this is in no way a nude or swingers resort, you may see a topless female guest here and there in the pool area.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: Golden Parnassus has a popular bar that is open until 2am (late for a hotel bar) and offers fun activities daily.

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Everyone knows that Hard Rock = Party! In this case it's a family-friendly party. Guests enjoy a rockin' vacation on one of the best beaches in Cancun's Hotel Zone and enjoy unlimited food and beverage at 5 restaurants and 7 bars, nightly entertainment, room service and more. Rooms will make guests feel like rock stars and offer hydro spa tub, flat screen LCD televisions with premium satellite channels, plush bathrobes and slippers, top-of-the-line bath amenities, custom bedding with fine linens and a cotton duvet plus a well-stocked mini-bar. Kids can spend time at the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ while adults can experience what it's like to be a rockstar with various experiences in the Music Lab. Hard Rock Hotel also offers a spa, salon and gym.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: Hard Rock Hotel offers a rockin' vacation for the whole family.

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The Krystal Cancun is just steps away from Cancun's Party Center and shopping and dining and even a bus stop if you do want to venture further from the resort. The hotel boasts three restaurants, three bars, a panoramic pool with a swim-up bar and a dreamy beach complete with Bali beds. Visitors can choose from a Standard Guestroom, Deluxe Oceanview, Family Suite, Krystal Club Room, Romantic Room, Junior Suite, and the Master and Presidential Suites which have their own pools. The resort offers the Krystal Kamp Kids Club for little ones, a spa and a fitness center. Guests can choose between all-inclusive or European plan. This is one of the resorts that Student City offers to Spring Breakers.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: Krystal Cancun allows Spring Breakers and is located steps from the Party Center.

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Aloft is located in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, in the Party Center, smack in the middle of all the action. This hotel is perfect for those who want to forgo the all-inclusive experience and explore all that the Hotel Zone has to offer. The beach (the hotel provides guests with beach towels), nightclubs, restaurants and a huge supermarket are all just steps away. Rooms are basic but are clean and feature very comfy beds. The hotel offers free WiFi, a restaurant, massages, free pool tables, foosball, popcorn and bicycles in the lobby, and free valet parking. To quite literally top it all off, there is a rooftop pool and bar with cabanas and daily happy hour.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: Aloft is one of Student City's Spring Break hotels.

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The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, located about an hour south of Cancun in Puerto Aventuras, is in a word, spectacular. With sprawling grounds and two sections, one for the entire family and "Heaven", for adults only, anyone and everyone can party at the Hard Rock. For the youngest guests the resort's kids club, Little Big Club, provides engaging activities all day long. For big kids, there are eight bars & lounges, daily and nightly entertainment, the Rock Spa, Body Rock gym and countless other amenities. The resort often hosts rockin' special events and shows. The beach is breathtaking and located in a protected cove where guests can kayak and snorkel. These and all activities, shows, meals, drinks, an in-room mini-bar and liquor dispenser are all included in the price of your stay, so by all means, go ahead and party like a rock star. Note: There is also a Hard Rock Hotel located right in Cancun's Hotel Zone.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is a magnificent resort where guests of all ages can party.

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Temptation Cancun Resort - Adults Only - All Inclusive
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This adult-only, topless-optional resort dares guests to be tempted. It has recently been completely renovated. The atmosphere is hip, sexy and daring. This all-inclusive hotel is a "playground for grown-ups" and offers two swimming pools, a "quiet pool" and a "sexy pool". There's no need to venture out in the evening, thanks to Bash, a lively nightclub featuring music and entertainment. With a full schedule of daily and nightly entertainment, the general theme here is sensual and adventurous. Temptation offers 430 guestrooms, a gym, a full-service spa & salon and eight restaurants. Firmly established House Rules keep things from getting too raunchy in public areas.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: The party never ends at Temptation which is an adult-only and topless-optional.

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Oasis Cancun is THE party hotel in Cancun. Located at km 16.5 of Kukulcan Boulevard, the resort hosts live concerts, DJs, themed parties and the #1 Spring Break festival in Cancun that features crazy daytime parties. Oasis Cancun sits on a beautiful white sand beach and there is never a dull moment at the sprawling pool and the swim-up pool bar. The animation crew at the Oasis Cancun are pros, and day or night, there is never a dull moment here. Spend a few more bucks and stay at the Grand Oasis Cancun next door for a quieter more exclusive experience. You will still have access to all the activities at the Oasis Cancun when you wish. Children are welcome at the Oasis Cancun but it would be best not to stay at this resort with kids during Spring Break season.

Recommended for Party Hotels because: The Oasis Cancun is the premiere party hotel. They feature weeks of Spring Break festivies.

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Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

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