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Cancun Police Remind Tourists & Public That Fines Will Be Given Out For These Violations

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Cancun is known for its beaches, and for all of the things that you can enjoy in this area. Is there such a thing as having too much fun while in Cancun? Maybe not too much fun, but too many margaritas could land you in hot water with local authorities.

Margaritas in Cancun

It may be “ok” to stumble out of Coco Bongo in Playa del Carmen in the wee hours of the morning. Parties, and loud music at that time of the day are better left on the “Quinta Avenida”, though. Here are a couple of things that you will get fined for in the Cancun area. As well as a few others that you could be looking at jail time for! 

Playa del Carmen Night Life

How Much Party Is Too Much Party? 

As we just mentioned, you are more or less going to be ok if you head out to the clubs and bars and party out there. Most of the local restrictions that could lead to a fine or even jail time contemplate being too loud in a residential area. If you’re holding a loud party your neighbors can call the police (yes this also happens in Mexico). The police will arrive on the scene, and typically give you a warning to tone it down. When you disregard police orders, that’s when things can get serious.

Party Cancun

The fines for holding loud gatherings in a residential area can set you back from 962 to 2,886 pesos. Which is a little less than 50 to 150 dollars. If the party gets way out of hand you could be looking at jail time. The police could escort you to the famous “torito”. There you’ll be put in front of a judge who could decide to enforce one of the fines that we’ve mentioned. The other option could be to hold you in jail for around 48 hours. That’s probably not how you plan to spend your vacation! 

Cancun Police on Beach

It’s not just being loud that you have to worry about. Strolling down certain hotspots in Cancun at late hours may make you think that it’s socially acceptable to be inebriated in the streets. While local authorities tend to turn a blind eye to certain behaviors, there are spots that you won’t be able to access if you had one too many.

Fines for being too loud in a Cancun residential area

Movie theaters are one of those places where you can’t show up in a drunken state. There are other public places that you’re going to want to avoid as well if it’s been a rough night. Non-tourist buses, have also been known to deny access to their vehicles to people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Buses may not let you board in a driken state.

What Other Activities Besides Too Much Partying Can Land You In Trouble?

When you are traveling to a foreign land you always want to be on the lookout for some of those odd laws. Things that may not be a big deal where you’re from, but can put you in a bad spot on foreign soil. Luckily, there aren’t too many “odd” laws in Mexico that you need to be aware of. In Cancun though it’s actually illegal to put up any type of sign on a tree or light post whatever it may be.

Getting Into Trouble in Cancun

For example, if you’ve lost track of a friend the night before you can’t legally stamp flyers on post on trees to let people know that you’re looking for them. The same thing goes for lost dogs, or any propaganda that you may have wanted to hang on the local light posts. You could be detained for 36 hours if you’re caught trying to put up a flier on a tree. Of course, if you do lose track of a friend, contact local authorities for help!      

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Friday 25th of February 2022

Hurry up and wait,,,,when did you start thinking this is a perfect world? I've been thru immigration fast at times and waited awhile to get thru. Take it easy, remember you are on vacation and stop whinning, If you can't keep a good attitude then stay home. We don't want you down here if you are going to be an A hole


Saturday 15th of October 2022


Why do you rough up the guy? Who the hell wants to wait in long lines? That eats up vacation time and is torture.

Tony, come to South Florida. Warm weather. No soldiers on the beach. No dirty, crowded jails. No drug wars or kidnappings, or murders of Canadian tourists. No bribing of officials and fromm the sea invasions by masked assassins.

Keep Cancun,Marco! You deserve it all.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

Before any final decision is made regarding the return or implementation of sporting activities the government must made dramatic improvements at Cancun airport immigration which is an absolute disgrace


Saturday 15th of October 2022


Hey Tony. I just read the article and your comment. That @Marco guy who replied to you is nuts. Please read my comment to him.

You can come to South Florida instead. We can go to the beach every day of the year. No snow. And, Bimini, Bahamas is 50 miles away.

So, come on down. I'll keep you warm. 😉


Friday 25th of February 2022

@Tony,stay home and freeze then.