Cancun Night Out

A Guide to Cancun's Nightlife, Bars, Restaurants, and Dining

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Alternative Websites - Tourism and Travel to Cancun is one of the leading online travel agencies for people looking to vacation in Cancun. They pride themselves on providing quality, personalized client services, letting you book flights, hotel stays, tours, and anything else you may need during your stay, including special requests. Get in touch with them via chat, email, and phone at +1-800-568-9504 (for USA and Canada); +1-800-300-0201 (from within Mexico); and +00-52-998-287-3671 (from elsewhere internationally). is Cancun’s Official Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website – if you want to brush up on all essential information for your trip, this is a good place to start. In addition to providing general information about planning your trip, you can also learn about things to do in Cancun, restaurants and dining, and nightlife, among other things. You can also connect to on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest.


DoCancun!com is a Minnesota-based online travel service partnered with Viajes Bedas – Mexico’s largest travel agency – offering discounted rates for hotel packages, tours, and car rentals (among other offerings) for the whole Mexican Caribbean. Get comprehensive travel guides, maps, virtual tours, and travel tips on the website, and connect with DoCancun!com on Facebook and Pinterest. is an independently-owned website run by Cancun-based couple Steve and Jannet. It’s a rich, curated resource of information for anyone who wants to get to know Cancun on a more intimate level on a wide variety of topics, from hotels, tours, spring break-related subjects, tourist tips, and even learning Spanish, among other things. Read the blog, visit the forums, and get in touch with CancunCare on Facebook.

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Cancun Traveler aims to help travelers and vacationers make the most of their time in Cancun by providing the information they need based on the type of vacation they want – do you want to party most of the time, experience Cancun’s history and culture, or get into golf and other sports and activities? Get the information you need, along with resources on vacation packages, flights, hotels, cars, cruises, activities, and more.


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Will Cancun’s popularity wave crest or continue?

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Where the locals go: Cancun

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Study Finds Orlando and Cancun Top Spring Break 2016 Destinations

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One of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – and occasionally considered the top tourist destination – Cancun is one of those places whose name and mere mention conjures up tourist-filled beaches and alcohol-soaked parties that go on day and night in one’s imagination – with good reason. Cancun’s image as the go-to place for great beaches, swell parties, and even a little bit of ancient history and culture is well earned and intentional.

That means that beyond the image and the experiences, Cancun has a rather interesting origin story – so before (or maybe after) you’ve had your fun in the (Cancun) sun, check out three of the more interesting facts about Cancun and its history:

Nobody Knows For Sure What Cancun’s Name Means

Cancún was originally known to its Mayan citizens as Nizuc, which meant “promontory” or “point of grass” [1]; In older English-language documents, the name of the city as we know it today would be spelled as “Cancoon” to convey how it sounded.[2] The meaning of the name Cancun is unknown, though some have speculated as to what it may be: some believe it may mean “nest of snakes”; another source alternatively suggests it may mean “Place/Seat/Throne of Snakes” or “place of the gold snake”; even “enchanted snake”.[3][4]

Cancun Is One of The Youngest Cities in The World

The city of Cancun can be said to have been born in the modern era: development began in 1970, which, as of writing, makes it barely half a century-old. Today it has a population of just over 700,000 “Cancunenses” (excluding transients and tourists), but before development started in that January of the 1970’s, Isla Cancún only had three people living in it! Take a look at these two satellite images from NASA to see just how big of a difference a few decades of development can make:

Satellite Images of Cancun in 1979 and 2009 by Nasa
Cancun, in 1979 (left), then in 2009 (right) – NASA, Images of Change

Cancun is One of The Most Successful Examples of Government-Planned Development Ever

Cancun as it is today – one of the best places in the world to go to for beach-bound vacationers and party animals – is no accident, nor is it due to any, say, natural progression and development due to free market forces. The Mexican Government carefully studied and planned everything involved in creating a “tourism megaresort”, with the goal of attracting a massive amount of tourists from the United States (and as we now know, from all over the world).

In an interview with The New York Times, the head of the Cancun megaproject reveals the magnitude of the starting process:

“We knew exactly what we wanted to build — a resort that would attract a massive flow of tourists from the United States,” Enriquez said. “But before we could obtain the go-ahead, we had to convince the government that tourism was the fastest-growing, most dynamic sector of economic growth in the world.

“As bankers, we approached this from a banker’s point of view, taking everything measurable into account, feeding it into a computer and leaving nothing to chance.”

Infratur (the Fund for the Promotion of Tourism Infrastructure) had the bank’s computers so tied up with tourism statistics that the Enriquez team finally had to link up on a full-time lease basis with one across the border in California. But even so, with all the statistics flowing into the machines, the nitty-gritty work remained to be done.”

With what result?

Cancun now entertains millions of visitors and vacationers annually; it currently has over 30,000 privately-owned hotel rooms and growing; the city earns millions of dollars with an annual GDP of over $6 billion, with a per-capita GDP of over $20,000; and it’s been awarded the Best of the Best award "for excellence and good governance" by The World Tourism Organization (WTO). Cancun continues to attract tourists in droves, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon – in terms of growth, development, and revenue.

Cancun, as young of a city as it may be, certainly has a history interesting enough to note. Here’s the thing: it’s just getting started.

About the Author: Andre Salvatierra is a freelance writer who loves culture, technology, well-designed things, and great experiences. You can find him on Medium and Twitter.