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Trendy Watering Holes in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

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Trendy watering holes seem to spring up daily throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Fresh takes on margaritas, local twists on beer, cool cocktails served with a side of music and designer tequilas are served in topnotch resorts, wine bars and hole in the wall bistros.
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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
This AAA 5-Diamond resort is tucked into a jungle-beach setting along the Riviera Maya. The 401 guest rooms (including 34 suites), intertwining with the lush forest and graceful lagoons provide the perfect vacation getaway. The beach at the...
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Blvd Kukulcan Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Mandala is the perfect place for a dressed-up, energetic night out. It's a lively scene with a lounge-like ambiance. Expect a fun night of dancing with plenty of VIP hideaways if it gets too hectic. This club caters to an upscale crowd so...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km.12.5 Lt 18, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Enjoy these stunning oceanview and beachside cabanas at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, a seaside resort in Cancun, Mexico. Enjoy the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, a sweet haven for the sun-seekers. A perfect place to soak under the...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Look out Las Vegas, Coco Bongo is in town. This wild dance club, in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, is packed with live shows—everything from faux Queen or Madonna to bar-top conga lines and airborne acrobats. Make sure to bring your dancing...
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With a flair for the dramatic, Azucar's specialty is live Latin music you can't help but dance to. If you're looking to try salsa dancing for the first time or wow the crowd with your smooth moves, this is the place. You'll feel comfortable no...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km 14.5 5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
It may come as a surprise that Cancun has more—way more—than mariachi music, though it has that, too. With dozens of resort hotels, each with hundreds of rooms, local and international acts alike have huge audiences waiting to hear them play. One...
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KM 9, Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
If you enjoy partying near the beach, Cancun won't disappoint you. A number of beachfront clubs have music (live or DJ) and dancing that spills out onto the sand into the wee hours. Some, such as Mandala Beach Club offer tables and bottle service...
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Blvd Kukulcan Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Claiming the dubious title of "largest night club in Latin America," the City is located in the hotel zone. Spread through three floors, it offers nine bars and claims a capacity of 5,000 people, which many guests claim is too many bodies trapped...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
The beat goes on till dawn in this innovative cavern-style "hot spot" in the hotel zone. Six bars, live entertainment, laser shows and loud music from the 80s, 90s and hip-hop, combined with special effects - such as blasts of C02 - add to the...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Retorno Chac L 41, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, QROO, Mexico
Straddling Cancun's sandy beach in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort features 450 re-modeled rooms and suites with balconies with ocean views. The AAA Four Diamond-award winner houses a wide selection of restaurants...
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Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Qro., Mexico
An institution throughout Mexico since the 1970s, this lively bar is especially popular with tourists. A non-stop party atmosphere includes waiters who spontaneously start singing or acting out in comical skits and instant conga lines. Menu items...
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5ta Av. s/n esq. Calle 22 Norte Local 1 y 2, Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Yaxché specializes in Maya and Yucatecan cuisine. The décor recalls a Maya palace and the food is award-winning – and delicious. Try the nohuc, lemon seasoned prawns on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes accompanied by grilled vegetables, followed by...
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1 avenida entre 30 y 32, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
One of Playa's newest hotels, Cacao is being touted as a "kicked-back, relaxed 'hippie chic' boutique, 60-room hotel. Conveniently situated on Playa del Carmen's 5th Ave. in the heart of the destination’s fashionable restaurant, club and boutique...
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Prolongacion Yaxchilán 2-01 Local 101 Mz 1, SM 17, 77500 Benito Juárez, Q.R., Mexico
One of Cancun's newest restaurants, Julia Mia (My Julia) serves Mexican nouvelle cuisine, with traditional favorites at affordable prices. This downtown restaurant is definitely worth a trip from the Hotel Zone. Julia Mia reflects the belief of...