Like all of Latin-America, Cozumel is a town that lights up late at night when locals, who take siestas during the heat of the day if their schedule allows, come out in the cool of the evening to shop, eat and socialize.
Shops typically stay open and busy until around 9 PM. Restaurants often don’t even get really rolling until at least that time. And its not at all unusual to see large groups eating a big restaurant meal at 1 AM in the morning. Or later.
Bars and Dance Clubs also “happen” late with the crowds starting to flood in at 11 PM or later.
Exceptions to this are places that cater heavily to the tourist and cruise ship trade like Margaritaville, Fat Tuesdays and Senor Frogs. These places strive hard to create a party atmosphere at all hours of the day and well into the wee hours of the morning and are the closest thing little Cozumel has to the Cancun Scene. Fun for late teens and twenty-somethings. But may be a little too loud and silly for the tastes many of us who will never see 30 again.
Want to mingle more with other young locals as they party down late at night? (You’ll be perfectly safe.) Then check out places like Viva Mexico on the waterfront at Rosada Salas.
Not a drinker or a dancer? You can still enjoy the nightlife of the town. It’s a great time to stroll the mile long stretch of the downtown waterfront. The sea breezes are great, the lights of the town look lovely from across the avenue. If you do this be sure to also check out the central plaza by the ferry dock. Sunday nights in particular there is often live music, dancing or various events that can range from a beauty contest to a religious pageant. And large numbers of local folks invariably turn out for these.
Another interesting option is to take a guided night tour. We have a really sweet, bi-lingual cab-driver friend who will take you around to all the night-spots so you don’t have to drive.
Live music is available every evening. Woody’s Bar & Grill, Wet Wendy’s, The Thirsty Cougar, and The Money Bar are your best options.