If you are thinking of travelling to Mexico and you are a fairly adventurous type of person, then consider Cancun. Boisterous nightlife, extreme sports, and exotic beaches are what has made Cancun such a popular tourist destination. Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, the city is facing the Caribbean Sea and it is divided into two areas: a more traditional downtown one, and a more modern, beachfront one. Audacious water parks, stunning archaeological sites, exciting cruise tours, Mayan eco-parks, epic dance clubs, and more await the curious visitors. Night time activities are as fascinating as the daytime ones, so read on to see which are the best things to do at night when in Cancun.
The Nichupte Lagoon system covers an area of about 7,400 acres (2994 hectares) and consists of several lagoons, one prettier than the other. So, a floating tour around this area will be a fun and relaxing experience. Great biodiversity and ecosystems, that include seabirds, amphibians, and fish live here, while you will need some luck in order to encounter a crocodile. The tour begins at around 5 pm, so it is the ideal time to catch a unique sunset in the Caribbean while admiring the stunning flora and fauna of this place.
Nichupte Lagoon Wildlife Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will truly fascinate you in the night time. The tour lasts about seven hours, so you will need lots of energy to start with, but the exciting activities will make up for it. This is your chance to explore the Yucatanean jungle with all its wildlife sounds under the stars. Paddling your raft through subterranean caves watching glowing stalagmites and stalactites, ziplining, crossing a long path on an amphibious vehicle, and swimming in the waters of the underground caves are the things that will make this adventure unforgettable.
Cancun to Xplor Adventure Park Nighttime Admission Ticket
Duration: 6 hours
Jump on board for a fantastic three-hour night tour at Xoximilco area, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your brightly painted boat is called a ‘trajinera’ and will take you through ancient waterways in the canal. The whole tour is about culture, music, and food, since you will get the chance to dance to traditional mariachi sounds, and sample local Mexican delicacies, along with endless tequila, beers, and cold refreshments. No worries if you participate in this alone, as you will certainly make new friends on this lovely boat.
Magnificent Xoximilco Night Tour
Duration: 3 hours
4. Enjoy Mexican dinner at Taco y Tequila Cancun
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It’s good to be adventurous and also to party all night, but wouldn’t it be also gorgeous to taste this fine cuisine now that you are actually in Mexico? One of the places to have a blissful Mexican dinner is Taco y Tequila, and, as you can imagine, this place is really all about tacos and tequilas. The taco menu seems to be neverending, while the margaritas are profoundly great (just think of a watermelon flavoured one!). Gluten-free products are also available here, while the vibes are super laid-back.
Taco y Tequila
Address: Address: Blvd. Kukulcan 25, La Isla, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún
Website: Taco y Tequila
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 11pm
Average price for two: 31-62 USD
5. Go for shopping at La Isla Shopping Village Cancun
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Cancun has these kinds of malls that you can shop ‘til you drop, like, for example, at La Isla Shopping Village, perhaps the prettiest mall in Cancun. This open-air mall contains over 80 brand name stores and it is surrounded by water channels, making the place pretty picturesque. Apart from upscale boutiques and stores, an interactive museum, waterfront restaurants, a movie theatre, souvenir shops, and charming coffee shops finely add to the attraction. A lovely fountain will be your ideal selfie spot.
La Isla Shopping Village
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan km 12.5, La Isla, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún
Website: La Isla Shopping Village
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am to 11pm
If you haven’t had enough of a Mandala club and it also happens to be Tuesday, then head towards the infamous Mandala Beach Club for more party time. This is one of the top-ranked pool parties in Cancun, thus try to look impressive and don’t forget your fabulous bathing suit. If you book this tour, you will skip the line and walk your way to the open bar for, guess what, unlimited drinks. Options here are getting lazy in one of the club’s pools, dancing to the live DJ’s sounds, relaxing at the jacuzzi, or even entering a bikini contest, oh, and of course, drinking.
Cancun Mandala Beach Pool Party with Skip-the-Line Entry
Duration: 5 hours
7. Do the salsa at Mambo Café
Are you the type of person who would love to dance as if there is no tomorrow? Then Mambo Café will do just right for you. But this is also a place where you can start learning salsa (or cumbia, or merengue and bachata), and don’t worry if you don’t have a partner, you will certainly find one and make new friends here. This popular dance club features live music Wednesday through Saturday, while an open bar is available on Thursdays. Consider celebrating your birthday in this venue, as there will be -drinkable- surprises.
Website: Mambo Cafe
Address: Av Xcaret MZA 2 LTE 6 LOCAL 31, Benito Juárez, SM 35, 77505 Cancún
Opening hours: Wed-Sat: 10pm onwards
Average price for two: 14USD (cover)
If you ever wished to see live a battle of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, then this is your chance to do it. In this 3.5-hour pirate experience, you will set sail on Jolly Roger ship, a historic replica galleon, and you will meet the fascinating crew with Captain Morgan leading it. Your private pirate waiter will bring you dinner and unlimited drinks, while there is also a kids’ menu for the little guests. Cannons firing, sword fighting, acrobatics, and a spectacular explosive fireworks display will amaze kids and adults alike.
Cancun Jolly Roger Pirate Ship Night Show Including Dinner
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cancun is one of those places that you can dance the night away in terrific night clubs. One such club is the Mandala Cancun, where a visit is probably unmissable. With the VIP package, you won’t have to wait in line for ages, plus you will get free drinks from 10.30pm to 3:00am, so it sounds like a pretty good deal, no? In addition, you will get your own private waiter and a VIP section to be seated. Mandala club feels like an upscale lounge and it features Indian-inspired decoration with vibrant colours and fabrics that don’t go unnoticed.
Mandala VIP Nightlife Package in Cancun
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
This is a great way to start and finish your night in a rather festive atmosphere. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, you can enjoy a brilliant dinner at Carlos and Charlies, where you can choose between chicken fajitas or enchiladas, fish tacos, chicken crispy flautas, and more. After you start feeling energetic enough, head to the legendary Coco Bongo nightclub, where an open bar is available until 3 am. What you can expect here are magnificent live performances and acrobatic shows, as well as striking rockstar impersonators (Madonna and Elvis among them).
Coco Bongo and Dinner in Cancun
Delve into the Riviera Maya
Set on a trip to the so-called Riviera Maya and don’t look back. Let the time freeze and enjoy all that Cancun has to offer, especially when the sun goes down and the night secretly becomes your partner. Book today a trip to the sunny Yucatan Peninsula and escape the melancholic winter.
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