Visiting Cancun without sampling its nightlife is like staying in New Orleans without enjoying some live jazz. Cancun nights sizzle! Mariachi music, salsa dancing, discos that pulse till dawn - whatever you desire, you will find it here.
The Hotel Zone is lined with discos and nightclubs to rival any tropical destination. Most clubs collect a cover charge of US$5-$12, and dont get jumping until after 10:30pm. Some, like Azucar in the Camino Real Hotel (about US $9 cover; tel. 83-0100; 11:30pm-4:00am, closed Sunday), only begin to heat up at around 1 a.m. This club, one of the classiest on Cancun, is the place to go for live Cuban bands, which means couples can twirl the night away to spicy salsa music. Many hotels have lobby bars that are lovely spots for jazz and other music, in a relaxed, easy environment.
For singles and young-at-hearts: DadyO (opens 9 p.m.; Blvd. Kukulkan, Km. 9.5, near the Convention Center, tel. 83-3134) is always a wild party, with a psychedelic light show and dry ice pumped throughout to create a smoky, dream-like effect. This club attracts a young crowd. Dance till dawn amid large video screens and very elaborate lighting at La Boom (no cover charge Monday, Blvd. Kukulkan, Km. 3.5, tel. 83-0404), also a younger crowd. At Christine (from 10 p.m. on, Krystal Cancun Hotel, Blvd. Kukulkan, tel. 83-1133), there is a different theme every night. Tuesdays are wet T-shirt nights; Thursdays are for 70s and 80s music, and Fridays feature male beauty contests. No short-shorts or jeans allowed. Caribbean music lovers should hit Cats Reggae Bar, downtown (Av. Yaxchilan, no phone).
The Hard Rock Café (Plaza Lagunas, Blvd. Kukulkan, tel. 81-8120), has a huge dance floor and serves up rock music beginning at around 11 p.m. Planet Hollywood (Plaza Flamingo, Blvd. Kukulkan, Km. 11.5, tel. 83-0527) attracts a nighttime crowd, with cinematic hits from Hollywoods Golden Age shown on several screens. All Star Café (Playa Gaviota Azul, tel. 81-8110), owned by sports legends such as Tiger Woods and Andre Agassi, is a great night spot for all kinds of sports aficionados - and its kid friendly!
For a more cultural bent and a first-hand look at the many customs that make Mexico so rich in tradition, there are several Ballet Folkloricos offered nightly and enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
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