If you’re travelling the Gringo Trail and are looking for an amazing time then these are the places to party in Central America!
While travelling through Central America I came across some truly amazing places to party. In fact, I’m underselling that. I came across some really really amazing places to party in Central America.
Some of them were massive clubs, some were little beaches bars with only a handful of people bouncing up and down, but the one thing they all had in common – they were all so much fun.
When it comes to nightlife in Central America, people are always surprised by what’s on offer. There really is something for everyone, and with cheap cervezas, Latino bumping and grinding, Ricky Martin, reggaeton, more rum punch than you’ve ever had in your life, salsa, sweating, and of course tequila, you really can’t help but be caught up in it all and have an amazing time.
To give you a sense of the nightlight, I’ve picked one bar or club from Mexico all the way down to Panama. That’s 8 places for you to try out!
So, if you’re looking for a good time and somewhere to throw some shapes, this is where to find the best nightlife in Central America.
Rhodesia Social Club (Mexico City, Mexico)
Rhodesia Social Club is an awesome little club found in Colonia Roma, Mexico City, that’s always bouncing on the weekends with some quality DJs playing. There’s a big focus on design in Rhodesia, and it’s just one of many clubs that’s coming to define the nightlife in Mexico. If you’re looking for an unforgettable night out then look no further than Rhodesia and this is easily one of the best places to party in Central America.
Café No Se (Antigua, Guatemala)
Café No Se is an alternative downbeat bar on the edge of Antigua in Guatemala. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but as soon as you step inside you know you’re in for a good time. There are a number of little ‘secret’ rooms where you can go off for a drink and there’s a lively music scene too. Beware: the local mezcal will blow your head off. After hours, just bang on the door and they’ll still let you in.
The Split (Caye Caulker, Belize)
Found on the tiny islands of Caye Caulker, just off the edge of Belize, The Split is a brilliant beach bar to knock back a few beers. It doesn’t matter what time you come to The Split, there are always people lazing on the pier or throwing a Frisbee in the water, always with a rum punch close to hand. If you’re looking for the place to watch the sun set on Caye Caulker then this is it. And in the evening, what a place to party!
Treetanic (Utila, Honduras)
Travellers are starting to flood to Utila and the Bay Islands for two reasons; extremely cheap diving, and the great party scene that goes with it. Well, in Utila they’ve got Treetanic too. This place is like stepping into a kaleidoscope as there are brightly coloured mosaics wherever you look. It’s a labyrinth of sparkling walkways and secret seating areas and swings, so the perfect place for a couple of cocktails.
Republik (San Salvador, El Salvador)
Republik looks like a bar straight outta New Orleans, and they do a wicked mojito with it. Also, towards the end of the week there’s always live music, and it is (nearly) always good. Being right in the heart of Zona Rosa (the party area), there are a number of other places to check out in the area too. San Salvador is a seriously good place to party in Central America!
The Loose Moose (San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua)
San Juan del Sur has become known as a bit of a party destination in Nicaragua, and The Loose Moose is right at the heart of that. Run by a couple of Canadian ex-pats (and our buddies!) Karim and Pete, The Loose Moose if the first place to start your night out in SJDS. Often they run pub crawls and boozy boat trips, but at the end of the day people still keep coming back to The Loose Moose.
The Lazy Mon (Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica)
This is another of your stereotypical backpacker beach bar, and it’s guaranteed good times. In the afternoon, expect proper laid-back vibes where you can have a drink and go for a dip in the sea, but by night things crank up a notch or two with good local DJs, cheap shots, competitions and games for everyone to get involved in. Reggae happy hour? Yes please.
Tantalo Rooftop Bar (Panama City, Panama)
There’s a reason why Panama City is known as the Miami of Central America, and it’s an unbelievable place for a night out. The city is really trendy, so make sure you’re dressed in your best. In Casco Viejo (the historic quarter), Tantalo Rooftop Bar offers some of the best views of Panama City’s skyline. It’s open every day but the best days to go are Wednesday for their Latin night. Oh, and the cocktails are to die for!
One of the things I adored about travelling through Central America was the parties. I mean, you only live once, right!?
Where are some of your best places to party in Central America? Have you got one or two killer clubs that you think everyone should know about? As ever, let me know in the comment box below!
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