Would it surprise you to know that the U.S. celebrates Cinco de Mayo more so than Mexico? Unless you call Puebla (the city where the Mexican army defeated the French on the fifth of May) home, the likelihood that you’ll find a slew of designated Cinco de Mayo festivities in Mexico isn’t high. But that’s okay; we’ll argue you don’t need an excuse to party in paradise. And what’s better than an ice-cold cerveza, some clear blue waters and some serious rest & relaxation to ring in this holiday?
Let’s start the party in Playa del Carmen. This Mexican hot spot is known for its stellar beaches and even spicier nightlife. Our pick here is 5-star THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen. Not only will you be submersed in luxury during your stay here, but you’re also mere steps from Playa del Carmen’s famed Fifth Avenue. This area of Playa del Carmen is home to plenty of hip nightspots and trendy cafes, making it the ideal area to put on your dancing shoes and party all night long.
Don’t worry; your days spent at THE ROYAL will be full of numerous all-inclusive dining options, sunbathing at both of the enormous freshwater swimming pools with built-in Jacuzzis, hanging out at the in-pool lounges and lively swim-up bar, and maybe even a tennis match on the rooftop tennis court.
Puerto Rico is the next party spot we’d recommend. With plenty of options for nightlife and even more things to do and places to see during the day, El San Juan Resort & Casino is an ideal home-away-from-home. Located in the city’s fashionable Isla Verde district, stop in at the resorts’ Club BRAVA nightclub or if you’re feeling like rattling Lucky Lady, hit the slots at the 13,000-sq-ft El San Juan Casino.
When you’re not busy perusing around the 15 acres of hotel grounds, including pools and beach, plan a day trip to Casa Bacardi, the famous rum factory in Old San Juan. You’ll learn all about the history of sugar cane in the Caribbean, as well as the origins of rum making. And, of course, there are plenty of free samples to go around.
Ready to rock? We are too. That’s why your next vacation party spot should be hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. This Dominican Republic hot spot was recently named a 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel and is the first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in the world. This resort does everything big, offering 13 restaurants, seven bars and 15 pools. As the sun goes down, stop into the 45,000-sq-ft, Vegas-style casino or grab bottle service at Oro Nightclub, open daily from 11pm – 3am.
And if you’re all about thinking ahead, make plans to attend the Enrique Iglesias Concert on July 23. Tickets can be purchased at the hotel. Your party options are endless here and with a hotel that embraces a rock ’n’ roll attitude, we can’t think of a better place to party hardy.
Another destination known for it’s great nightlife and “party in paradise” attitude is Los Cabos. And why not live it up in Cabo at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, All Suites Resort & Spa. This resort has five free-form swimming pools, five Jacuzzis, endless amounts of shady loungers and six swim-up bars, making your days spent poolside unforgettable. And when you’re looking for a beach that’s straight out of a magazine, catch the complimentary shuttle that takes you to Pueblo Bonito’s sister resort on Medano Beach, the perfect setting for continuing the party vibe. When night falls, dress up for one of the resorts’ themed dinners and have a nightcap at the ocean-view terrace of The Lobby Bar.
And since you’ll be busy partying the day away, reward yourself at the Spa at Sunset Beach. This resort spa was named the “#1 Top Hotel Spa in Mexico” and among the “Top 10 Hotel Spas in Mexico, Central and South America” by Travel + Leisure. We recommend the Honey Sugar Glow, where an exclusive formula of crystallized honey hydrates, exfoliates and soothes the skin.
Our fifth and final recommendation for a good, quality place to party is on an island that’s name says it all. Riu Palace Paradise Island is the Bahamas resort that rests on three miles of satiny sand and crystal clear waters making it a true island of paradise. If you love feeling like a VIP, plan your next trip to this 24-hour all-inclusive spot equipped with a long list of some of our favorite amenities.
Hang by the Romanesque pool and Jacuzzi or grab a bite at one of the five delicious dining options. And as nighttime approaches, head next door to the Atlantis Casino and end the night groovin’ at one of four bars, including the Sports Bar open 24 hours a day. Live like the Bahamians do at this Paradise Island must-stay.
So as you might agree, partying can mean a little something different to everyone. Whether you’re looking for iconic nightlife or simply want to waste the day away with a cold one in your hand, celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way this year – in the Caribbean or Mexico!