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From sandy beaches to fancy restaurants, salsa beats make up the backdrop for the heavenly touristic destinations from downtown Cancun. Step forward and hit downtown to dance salsa like the locals.
Though not a salsa club, Las de Guanatos in La Plaza de Toros does open the dance floor to salsa lovers all night long every Friday. Enjoy a delicious dinner and keep the party going starting at 9p.m. Try the house special: beer flavored with choice of mango, guayaba (a sweet tropical fruit), pineapple with coconut, or the traditional michelada, (beer with lemon, salt, and mix of salsas).
Los de Guanatos, Plaza Kabah, Kabah Ave 1, Cancun, Mexico, +52 998 206 3835
Characterized by its cheerful atmosphere, Carlos’n Charlie’s is an authentic Mexican restaurant to get a delicious dinner, and every Friday night at 10p.m. is the traditional Noche de Salsa Charlies (Charlie’s Salsa Night). Though it is a restaurant and bar in the daytime, it becomes a genuinely happy nightclub that features juggling bartenders and an animated staff that will slowly get you in a party mood and ready for salsa night.
Carlos’n Charlie’s, Kukulcan Blvd, Cancun, Mexico, +52 998 883 1862
Every Saturday night, 8p.m.–1a.m., the bar El Camarón Chelero in the Plaza de Toros has a Noche Latina (Latin Night), featuring live music by a Cuban orchestra. There’s no cover, service is friendly, and prices very fair. This is the place to get some shots and snacks: get a pizza or some nachos, or ask for its delicious skirt steak.
El Camarón Chelero, Xel-ha 67, Cancun, Mexico, +52 998 148 7597
Tourists who like to experience the culture of the place should take a bus to downtown and look for the popular Parque Bohemio, which becomes a stage for salsa lovers every Sunday night at 7p.m. Both locals and tourists have the opportunity to learn and dance salsa for free, and as Sundays nights out are a tradition for Mexican families, the place gets a nice festive atmosphere. This is excellent opportunity to dance salsa in a totally different environment.