Clubs: Nightlife in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Clubs

  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera
  • La Santanera

La Santanera

The party at Playa del Carmen’s infamous La Santanera doesn’t really get started until at least midnight and (like most clubs in the area) you can dance the night away until the sun rises. The club features three different levels, with the first level housing more of a restaurant and bar type setup, while the second level offers an indoor dark dance club experience and the top level is home to a fabulous open air rooftop terrace. The music is similar throughout La Santanera, but it does change slightly from one level to the next. Still, it’s mostly a deep house/club type of musical experience. We like to start at the terrace rooftop level and end up late night dancing on the second floor. Hint: If the goal is to party hard in Playa, this is the center of that universe, so don’t miss it.

Address Calle 10 Norte in between 5th Ave and 10th Ave
Website lasantanera.com/online/
Phone (984) 803-2856
Hours 6:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera
  • La Salsanera

La Salsanera

Although this nightclub is owned by the same people that own and operate La Santanera, at La Salsanera it is all about the salsa! This club is also open all night, but it gets started quite a bit earlier than La Santanera, offering a courtyard type atmosphere with fabulous live salsa music, combined with some DJ music when the bands take a break. Of course, you can take salsa lessons here at certain times and there is usually a serious salsa crowd hanging out, as well as plenty of people who are interested in learning, so don’t be shy to give it a try! La Salsanera is a really fun place to go if you enjoy salsa music or dance, whether you actually participate or just watch and enjoy the delicious drinks and hospitality. The bottom line? If you like salsa, go here. Period.

Address Calle 12 Norte in between 5th Ave and 10th Ave
Website lasalsanera.com
Phone (984) 169-2807
Hours Tue-Sun: 9:30 pm - 5:00 am
  • Mandala
  • Mandala
  • Mandala
  • Mandala

Mandala

Mandala occupies a very busy bar and club corner in downtown Playa, so it’s a great place to see and be seen. Mandala is always really packed, and we mean really packed, so the music tends to be very loud and leans more towards a mainstream pop type mix, which is very popular with the tourists and especially with Americans. The drinks are a bit pricey and it can be difficult to get service, but if you enjoy more of a pop-style music scene for your night out, then this is definitely the place to go.

Address Corner of Calle 12 Norte and 1st Ave
Website mandalanightclub.com
Phone (984) 879-4189
Hours Thu-Sun: 10:00 pm - 5:00 am
  • Blue Parrot
  • Blue Parrot
  • Blue Parrot
  • Blue Parrot
  • Blue Parrot

Blue Parrot

The Blue Parrot is a local institution that dates way back to the beginning of Playa’s modern history. Located right on the pristine white-sand beach, this club hosts lots of events, special DJ’s and parties all the time, which is the best thing about it. While the drinks are nothing truly special, it’s the ambiance and parties that make the Blue Parrot a must-stop on any visit to Playa. Check their calendar to see what’s going on, but every evening they have a fire dancing show on the beach that is worth checking out, along with some other type of entertainment that changes nightly. Insider Tip: They usually hold weekly movie nights in the sand that are always fun.

Address Calle 12 Norte and the beach
  • Coco Maya
  • Coco Maya

Coco Maya

Coco Maya is another popular beachfront club that hosts a variety of big featured DJ events. Offering a super cool lounge-type ambiance, Coca Maya is located right on the sand in the middle of Playa and boasts a serious sound setup. It offers a number of really fantastic lounge areas, elevated table areas, a great VIP area and a sand dance floor. It is also a great place to come and get to see your favorite DJ’s in action.

Address Calle 12 Norte and the Beach
Website www.cocomayaplaya.com
Phone (984) 803-5687
Hours Mon-Sun: 9am - 6pm Mon-Sun: 8pm - 6am
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