The Mexican Caribbean is synonymous with year-round warmth, tropical beaches, and of course – plenty of partying. And winter, despite being cold in most of North America, is one of the best times to head south in search of sun and parties that last until the early hours of the morning. We’ve looked for the best party towns to add to your Mexican Caribbean travel list this winter.
Cancun Hotel Zone: All-Inclusive Fun
Undoubtedly the champion of all Mexican Caribbean party destinations, Cancun has a reputation for not only having some of the best beaches and all-inclusive mega-resorts, but also some of the wildest parties on the continent. Travelers flying to Cancun this winter can expect an action-packed party scene, with concerts, festivals, and events for all ages.
Where To Party
Cancun’s vibrant hotel zone is the ideal destination for party lovers. Visitors can choose from a range of establishments, but we recommend checking out the top-rated Coco Bongo and Congo Bar, which are classics among visitors and locals alike.
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Where To Stay: Paradisus Cancun
Paradisus Cancun, a 5-star luxury all-inclusive resort, is one of the best resorts for adults, especially with the exclusive, adults-only The Reserve. The resort also hosts occasional music events, such as the upcoming Sun Soaked 22 (December 16-18).
Tulum: Where Nature Meets Jungle
If you’re looking for some outside-the-box party destinations, Tulum is a great pick. The resort town is known for its ancient history, stunning tropical beaches, and lush Caribbean nature. And best of all, it’s full of vibrant nightlife establishments. Although the city recently implemented new noise-restricting measures, party-goers can still responsibly enjoy some of the best nightclubs and bars in the area.
Where To Party
Travelers should definitely check out the Batey – Mojito & Guarapo Bar for a taste of local cocktails and daily live music. For a more boisterous experience, check out Mia Tulum, a versatile restaurant, bar, and DJ establishment offering weekly events. Next year, Tulum is hosting the first-ever Tomorrowland outside of Belgium, and the event’s line-up is looking promising. If you want a bougie beach club vibe, head to Taboo.
Where To Stay
Tulum is full of party-friendly hotels and resorts, but Papaya Playa Project stands out amongst the crowd for its approach which combines fun with all-inclusive comfort. Its villas and cabins combine Maya design with modern-day touches, creating a unique blend unlike any other.
Playa del Carmen: Around The Clock Partying
Playa del Carmen has long been one of the most popular Mexican Caribbean destinations. Located just south of Cancun and nearby other classics such as Cozumel, Playa del Carmen is the jack of all trades of the Riviera Maya. From exclusive accommodations to cozy bars, travelers can spend an entire week enjoying the town’s party scene.
Where To Party
Most famed nightclubs are conveniently located in the city center nearby the beach and most resorts. Travelers can check out La Embajada Playa del Carmen for a dazzling party experience with affordable entry & price drinks. For bars, Tequila Barrel Casino and Nightclub, located downtown is perfect for savoring local drinks & flavors.
Where To Stay
The Palm At Playa is currently the top-rated party boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen, offering cozy accommodations and a spectacular rooftop area where guests can enjoy a bar, jacuzzi, pool, and plenty of entertainment. Dotted with local art and inspiration, The Palm is an ideal retreat for adults in the heart of Playa del Carmen.
Honorable Mention: Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos is a laid-back fishing town during the daytime, but at night, travelers can find a range of bars and clubs. Choose Puerto Morelos if you want a party-like ambiance without wild crowds, with Unico Beach and the Day & Night Beach Club being some of the top-rated establishments.
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