CANCUN- Beyond Spring Break by Frank Lazzaro

Cancun is notorious for its sizzling beaches and wild party scene. We have all heard about Coco Bongo, Daddy O’s, Senor Frogs, the wet T-shirt contests, blaring discos and packed multi-level dance floors…been there, done that. Not that there is anything wrong with any of these places, and a stroll down the main Cancun nightlife strip after midnight can be a mind boggling and entertaining experience in itself. But where do the over 30 folks hang out in Cancun, besides the aforementioned places and many more like it? That is a question I often receive, as well as which Cancun resorts are best for singles. That can be a difficult question to answer, as while Cancun and Riviera Maya have many adults only resorts, most really cater more towards couples then singles. So where do the singles stay? A few all-inclusive resorts I recommend for those past the spring breaker age are: ME Cancun- this ultra-hip. modern upscale and chic resort attracts an international crowd of beautiful people, with its beach cabanas,  sexy lounge scene and disco. Another fun spot is Temptation Resort & Spa, for those even less inhibited. A topless optional beach and pools, along with a hedonistic streak makes Temptation a unique spot for those adults (21 and up) looking for something on the wilder side. You will find a mix of singles and couples here, but very few honeymooners.

Golden Parnassus is another budget adults only on Cancun, though more couple oriented. I stayed recently at Cancun Palace, and found it to be a great mix with excellent food and bars, a lively pool scene, and great beach. It is a little more pricey, so that does weed out the spring breakers. RIU Palace and Fiesta Americana also offer something for everyone.

For a different style of nightlife, I recommend riding the bus from the hotel zone to downtown Cancun, where you will find smaller local type bars and clubs, and lively plazas with food vendors and street performers, making for great people watching and interacting.

For those looking for a more mellow scene than what Cancun has to offer, I recommend Play del Carmen. Just 45 minutes south of Cancun airport, here you will find a wide range of hotels, including some nice all-inclusive resorts in the Playacar area, all with easy access to 5th ave, the trendy pedestrian street where all of the shops, restaurants and nightclubs can be found. Playa also has some beach front open air night clubs and discos on the sand that our quite popular.

Cancun and Playa del Carmen offer something for everyone, including us that are over 30, or even more mature! For more information on booking Cancun resorts, visit


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