“Una limonada y un ceviche, por favor.” For me, a day on the beach just isn’t complete without limeade and a ceviche to cool off from the Caribbean heat, and the best place for both is at any one of Cancun’s premier beach clubs. Whether in Cancun or on nearby Isla Mujeres, these are the purveyors of ultimate beach relaxation, providing cushy loungers, top-shelf beverages, playful seafood-driven snacks and panoramic ocean views. Depending on which one you choose, you might also find a full-service restaurant, a private pool, bali beds, and even swanky events to attend after the sun dips below the horizon. Cancun’s beach clubs range from casual, bohemian alcoves to chic upscale lounge. Some are only open during the day, while others also feature stylish late-night beach parties under the stars. So pack your flip-flops, and maybe and your favorite eveningwear: No matter what your style, there’s a beach club to suit your seaside needs.
The place to see and be seen for Cancun’s elite is often known simply known as The Beach Club. This venue at the ME Cancun resort is known for contemporary, stylish amenities, with a chic pool area, two bars, live DJs, and The Beach House restaurant. Order seafood and snacks (banana leaf steamed sea bass; mahi mahi ceviche), and join one of their popular Saturday afternoon parties.
As an extension of Mandala nightclub (located in the heart of Party Center), Mandala Beach has a reputation for hosting elaborate beach parties on one of the area’s most popular public beaches. Mandala Beach has beautiful beachfront pools flanked by cushioned chaises, high-end cuisine, and a modern, sleek vibe. This beach club draws a young crowd craving DJ sets and bikini contests.
Situated on the spectacular North Beach on the nearby island of Isla Mujeres, Fenix is best visited on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This beach club has great live music, an extensive tapas and ceviche menu (order the octopus ceviche and red curry shrimp skewers) while enjoying the calm, pool-like water.
Also located on North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Sunset Grill is one of the most iconic spots on the island. This small-but-hip beach club has an open-air restaurant under a large palapa, serving a variety of snacks and seafood with an ocean view. Rent a beach lounger and umbrella to retreat to with a pitcher of iced hibiscus tea.
Cocos and Grill
For a more casual Cancun beach experience, Cocos and Grill is a laid-back beach club in the northern Hotel Zone that’s perfect for the whole family. Here, you’ll find enough amenities to keep everyone occupied: rent kayaks and wave runners, or wrangle the group for a game of beach volleyball. Cool off in the pool or with a sweet Kahlua colada.