Cancun is celebrated for its rollicking nightlife and there are bars, lounges, live music venues and dance clubs enough to keep even the most determined party animals entertained. The club scene is feisty and energetic and tailored mainly to please the young Americans that flock to the resort, although anybody who is game for foam parties, bikini contests and boat races (the drinking contest, not the watersport) will be well catered for. Familiar chains like Hard Rock Cafe and Senor Frog's are safe favourites with the international crowd and have been going for many years. Organised party tours like Cuncrawl and Party Hopper are a great way to sample the best of Cancun's party venues. Most clubs open around 10pm and the music pumps until sunrise or later in peak tourist season.
Those seeking out something more sophisticated, romantic or sedate will find numerous stylish bars and lounges in Cancun. One of the best venues for cocktails is the Thai Lounge. Culture vultures should try their best to see a performance by the internationally-acclaimed Ballet Folklorico, which performs a variety of traditional and performing arts shows at various venues in Cancun.