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Cancun nightlife runs the range from airplane hangar-sized mega-clubs that can hold thousands, to more intimate lounges. Many of the clubs are the boom-boom-room type places where sweaty twenty-somethings dance until dawn, but you'll still find quiet beachside joints, sophisticated Latin dance clubs and more. At some places, the party runs all day and night, but others don't get started until around midnight. You can drink and dance until dawn at many of the big clubs. Whatever you do, be sure to hop your way around the Hotel Zone and check out all Cancun has to offer—the nightlife here is legendary. Some clubs have steep cover charges (as much as $35), but you get to drink all you want once you're in.

The City

Neighborhood: Hotel Zone
This place claims to be the biggest dance club in Latin America, and with a capacity for more than 5,000 people, we'll take their word for it. There are nine bars on three floors, 8,000 square feet of bar space and enough room to ensure that you could wander the place all night and never see the same person twice. We figure if it's good enough for name acts like Snoop Dogg, Fergie and 50 Cent, it's good enough for you. The City is open all day from 10AM, and has a pool, beach cabanas, food and enough stuff to keep you occupied for a 20-hour drinking bash. DJs come here from all over the U.S. and Mexico to spin. In the world of Cancun mega-clubs, this is one of our favorites.

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Coco Bongo Show & Disco

Neighborhood: Hotel Zone
This mega-club can legally hold 1,800. On busy nights when it's packed wall-to-wall, we're pretty sure they're surpassing that. There are constant performers amping up the excitement, from dancers and celebrity impersonators to acrobats and conga lines on the bar. Basically, there's enough stuff going on in here to ensure that you'll never sit there and stir your drink out of boredom. There are live rock or salsa bands as well as DJs spinning trance, hip hop, techno, you name it. There's also another location in Playa del Carmen if you make it out there when traveling around Mexico.

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Mambo Cafe

Neighborhood: El Centro
This is the place for Latin dancing, especially salsa. You can’t fail to have a good time here—unless, of course, you have two left feet. The music is live, and the drinks flow. The crowd is all ages, ranging from really good dancers to people who’ve sampled too many margaritas. The music here is terrific, and it’s no sin if you’re not the best Latin dancer. Just express yourself.

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Bling

Neighborhood: Hotel Zone
OK, so if you're looking for a little more sophistication than sweaty bodies pulsating to the same rhythm for nine hours straight, head to Bling. It's more sophisticated than raucous, and is a far cry from the mega-clubs. The complex includes an upscale restaurant and a terrace lounge serving sushi and sashimi. It’s a late-night scene and pretty romantic.

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Very Wine

Neighborhood: Hotel Zone
If you want to have a quiet end-of-the-evening glass of wine and a Cuban cigar, but you don’t really want to visit a nightclub, this wine bar upstairs at the Casa Rolandi is perfect. Most people visit for a before-dinner drink and then dine at the restaurant, but it’s also perfect for people who aren’t ready to call it a night, but don’t want the noise and crowds of the clubs. It’s a slighter older clientele.

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