Be left in no doubt that the way of life here lives up to its reputation – work hard (ish), play hard! For large crowds, dance anthems and free flowing alcohol, you belong in Cancun rather than here. However, that doesn’t mean that Isla Mujeres doesn’t have enough of a nightlife of its own. It’s easy to find Mariachi bands, salsa nights and street performers along the main beach and high street, but if you’re looking to really party, the general consensus is that Pocna hostel is the place to go.


The live band gets everyone into the Latino spirit everyday from 9.30pm until about 11. They’ll even let you get involved with the maracas if you want to – we obviously did! After that everyone moves to the beach bar and sandy dance floor.

If you’re not much of a dancer, swing along to the beats in one of the many hammocks hung between trees or observe one of the amateur fire shows that are bought out as entertainment – just stand well back!


It’s cheap, and its one of the most sociable places on the island to meet other travellers and locals.


Charlotte & Sarah x


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