The best things to do after dinner in Cancun include enjoying stunning and colourful sunsets, refreshing cocktails, and lively atmosphere. Thanks to its coastal location, this city is a popular destination for those looking to spend a beach holiday in Mexico. While there are tons of activities to enjoy during the day, the party continues long into the evening in Cancun.

    From late-night jungle and water escapades to salsa dancing, light shows, and delicious desserts, there are plenty of amazing adventures to experience after dinner in Cancun. Plan a fun night out in town or grab tickets a unique expedition to spice up your evening on the Yucatán Peninsula.

    What are the best things to do at night in Cancun?


    Chichen Itza light show

    Catch a dazzling light and sound show after dark

    Chichen Itza is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico and is just as stunning during the day as it is after dark. This Ancient Mayan archaeological site comes to life at night with a light and sound show that is projected onto El Castillo, the main attraction on the complex.

    To experience this 30-minute spectacular show in person, you'll need to buy tickets in advance. Your entrance ticket doesn't just give you access to the light show, but also the whole complex. Make sure to arrive early and explore this impressive historical site during twilight.

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    Open: +52 985-851-0137


    Teatro de Cancun

    Spend your evening watching a live performance

    The Teatro de Cancun is a beautiful traditional venue featuring a wide variety of live theatre, dance, and classical performances. Located along Boulevard Kukulcan on the route leading from the city centre to the hotel zone, the theatre is easy to get to and boasts a full calendar of events all year round.

    With shows ranging from popular musicals and live musicians to classical symphonies and ballets, it's easy to catch a different show throughout your trip to Cancun. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, so make sure to head there early for your show or take a taxi.

    Location: Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 4, Kukulcan Boulevard, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Phone: +52 998-129-4643



    Bring your dancing shoes to this lively club

    Mambocafé is an amazing Latin music nightclub that hosts salsa, merengue, and bachata dances. It’s located right downtown, just a few blocks west of Tulum Avenue. Many come here for its vibrant atmosphere – great for an amazing night of dancing in the city.

    Dancers of all skill levels love to come to the club to enjoy the vivacious live bands and bustling atmosphere. Live musicians perform at this famous cafe from Wednesday through Saturday nights. The music gets started at 10.30 pm but really revs up after midnight.

    Location: Av Xcaret MZA 2 LTE 6 LOCAL 31 35, 77505 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 10.30 pm to 3 am (closed Sunday to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +52 998-884-4536


    Parque de las Palapas

    Experience local culture at this Cancun night market

    Parque de las Palapas is one of the largest parks in downtown Cancun. The park always hosts activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can find playgrounds, picnics, live music on the main stage, motorized cars for kids, and a night market that offers a local experience.

    Every weekend, the night market is buzzing with activity as food vendors sell popular treats like fresh fruit, fried bananas, churros, and all types of authentic tacos. Parque de las Palapas is just a block west of Tulum Avenue.

    Location: 77500, Tulipanes LB, 22, Cancún, Q.R., Mexico


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    Jolly Roger Ship

    Enjoy an amazing evening aboard a pirate ship

    The Jolly Roger Pirate Ship is famous in Cancun for its family-friendly activities, tasty food, and exciting shows. Any night of the week, you can set sail on the pirate ship for a night show and great dinner.

    Once you board the ship, you’ll be swept away into a Caribbean experience like none other with a talented cast of buccaneers that put on a staged pirate show and a delicious menu featuring a variety of seafood, meat, and vegetarian options. Each show ends with a beautiful firework display over the sea, so make sure to grab a seat with a good view.

    Location: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 4.5, Kukulcan Boulevard, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +52 998-849-4247


    Xcaret Park

    Catch the grand show at a popular outdoor park

    Xcaret is an exciting nature park with over 50 attractions, including authentic Latin dances, striking Mayan archaeological ruins, and a traditional Mexican hacienda. While this park opens early every day, the festivities at night are truly spectacular.

    With your night pass to the park, you gain access to the full grounds as well as their famous night show, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. It’s an impressive event that features over 300 artists on Gran Tlachco’s stage. Book in advance to get a discount or buy your ticket at the entrance and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in Cancun.

    Location: Carretera Chetúmal Puerto Juárez Kilómetro 282, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 998-883-3143


    Ah Cacao Chocolate Café

    Indulge in a delicious, sweet treat after dinner

    Ah Cacao Chocolate Café is a great place to be if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth before bed. Located in the La Isla Cancún Paradise Experience, this cafe offers a wide variety of classic sweets and interesting snacks.

    By mixing cacao and exotic spices, Ah Cacao Chocolate Café finds unique ways to highlight chocolate in each dish. The atmosphere is casual, so it’s easy to pop in for a treat when you’re exploring downtown Cancun. You can also choose to dine in, with outdoor seating offering some prime people-watching.

    Location: La Isla Cancún Paradise Experience, H-4, Blvd. Kukulcan Km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm


    Canal Jungle Tour at Xoximilco

    Discover a UNESCO World Heritage site after dark

    The Canal Jungle Tour at Xoximilco is one of the most magical experiences in Cancun to enjoy after dark. Every element of the tour is designed to celebrate Mexican history, from the food and music to the ambience and personal touches.

    The canal tour kicks off in style as you cruise through the waterways of Cancun. You’ll travel on a trajinera, traditional boats that were originally used to transport fruits, vegetables, and flowers grown in floating gardens. Your 3-hour tour is inclusive of an authentic Mexican dinner, an open bar, and live traditional music.

    Location: Chetumal Km. 282, Juárez, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7.15 pm to midnight (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 998-883-3143


    Nichupte Lagoon

    Join an exciting wildlife tour on the water

    The Nichupte Lagoon is a 3,000-hectare nature reserve on the east coast of Cancun. It’s one of the best places to experience the Caribbean’s varied ecosystems up close. Its peaceful waterways are home to some incredible wildlife like seabirds, migratory birds, and crocodiles.

    A sunset cruise in the Nichupte Lagoon is a great option if you’re looking for a unique tour to enjoy the striking colours of a Caribbean sunset and its beautiful environment. With a professional guide and a maximum of 8 travellers per boat, this is a great tour for an intimate and unique night on the water.


    Coco Bongo

    Hang out in one of the coolest nightclubs in the city

    Coco Bongo is an exciting nightclub in Cancun known for its flying acrobats, dazzling shows, and energetic atmosphere.  Located right in the centre of the Hotel Zone, this nightspot is easy to get to and busy every night of the week.

    If you're looking to get the most out of your experience at Coco Bongo, buy your tickets in advance online. Options range from the regular entrance to VIP tables. You can watch the talented dancers or head to the dance floor for a lively night out in Cancun.

    Location: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9.5-#30, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +52 998-883-2373


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    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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