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Yes you can still dance Salsa in Cancun in 2018!



UPDATED: August 2019

Calling all Salsero/as!

I don’t go Salsa dancing nearly as much as I would like to anymore, but when I do get the chance to go, I want to know what my options are. That, and all of the the Salsero/as that visit Cancun, are the inspiration for this post.

First of all, let’s get this straight… La Candela, Batacha, Melao, Sabor Latino and my personal favorite, Azucar are all closed. There were many other places that opened for a short while and then closed again, but these were the big ones. There used to be rumors about Sabor Latino and even Azucar opening again but those ships sailed long ago.

Now don’t despair, there are still a few places to dance Salsa in Cancun:

Grand Mambo Cafe is open where Sabor Latino used to be in Plaza Hong Kong. They are open Wednesday-Saturday. Live music starts around midnight. This is the largest Salsa club in Cancun. There are Salsa classes available Wednesday through Friday from 7pm to 10pm.


Grand Mambo Cafe Cancun


On Sunday evenings there is a free weekly Salsa event in Parque Bohemio (near Parque las Palapas) downtown. Salsa Planners gives a Salsa class at 7pm. The music isn’t live but with the lessons it sounds like fun and afterwards there’s open dancing. Look for the gazebo.


Salsa Planners Cancun


Macumba, la Casa de la Salsa is located in downtown Cancun on the corner of Yaxchilan and Uxmal Avenues. This club occasionally features famous Cuban bands (La Charanga Habanera, Elito Reve y su Charangon) in addition to local groups. Macumba is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm until about 5am.


where to dance Salsa in Cancun


Carlos ‘n Charlie’s, which is located in the Hotel Zone Party Center (Forum by the Sea) offers Salsa night on Friday’s. The Cuban band starts at 10pm. No cover!


dance salsa Cancun

Sirenas Raw Bar which is located in the Hotel Zone at El Embarcadero (kilometer) offers a Buena Vista Social Club style Salsa night on Friday’s. The Cuban band starts around 10:30pm. There is no cover. The crowd is quieter and a little older here, and they group only plays two sets, but the outdoor setting, which is right on the water, is gorgeous. You can make a reservation through their Facebook page.

dance salsa in Cancun 2018

A great resource for Salsa in Cancun is Salsaplanners. They seem to be on top of the salsa scene in Cancun, but all of the information is in Spanish.

There is also a new expat social group that focuses on dancing salsa… Cancun Salsa Lovers.



Stay tuned because I always update this post for the Salsero/as!


Thank you for the fabulous HOT photos…




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