While the most alluring aspects of Caribbean destinations are the year-round warm weather, beautiful sandy beaches abutting blue water, and water-based activities ranging from paddleboarding to scuba diving, many travelers also want a healthy dose of partying on their vacation. From buzzing nightclubs and casual beachfront bars, to strong rum cocktails and all-inclusive drink packages, there are some Caribbean locales that offer a plethora of party-minded pros for visitors. Keep reading for our top party-centric spots in the Caribbean.
Although visitors to the Dominican Republic often head to Punta Cana for its beachside fun, it’s actually not the best party spot in this Caribbean nation. Santo Domingo, the capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is packed with bars, nightclubs, and hotels offering live performances. Visitors can pick between their favorite style of music — merengue, salsa, bachata, pop, and reggaeton — or sample all of them at various spots throughout the city. Onno’s Bar and Sabina Bar are just a couple of favorites. In addition to fancy wine bars and buzzing dance clubs, there are grocery stores known as colmados that turn into popular spots for locals to grab a beer and listen to Latin music. Plus, the abundant historic colonial architecture, sea views, and museums are excellent ways to keep busy in the day.
College kids and young-at-heart travelers head to Cancun for the free-flowing margaritas, Caribbean sunshine, and rampant nightlife spots. Though visitors should expect lots of Americanized restaurants and bars, as well as some rowdy behavior, there’s no denying it’s a great spot to let loose while overlooking the beautiful white-sand beach. Resorts in the Hotel Zone can provide all the party essentials, plus the area is packed with popular spots like Señor Frog’s, Carlos’n Charlie’s, and Coco Bongo dance club, all of which are close together for easy bar hopping.