Xoximilco-A Different Night Out in Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, noted for its spring break fiesta feel and famed nightlife now has another option for those seeking a great evening out on the town.  A night inclusive of dinner, dancing and drinking coupled with the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Mexico. Yes, a night at Xoximilco, a theme park in Cancun.

get ready to board inside Xoximilco Cancun in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

all aboard - Viva Mexico! (Mexico is the name of a State too)

What is Xoximilco?

At Xoximilco, located just outside the hotel zone of Cancun, over thirty boats fill the docks and prepare to host a party nightly on the water. The boats, each named for a state in Mexico, provide passage to a feel-good adventure on the water.

Xoximilco is a copy of the original canal based neighborhood of Mexico City called Xochimilco. In Mexico City boats of Mariachi entertain as vendors sell items to visitors taking a cruise along the historic lake canals. In Cancun, they mirrored (and enhanced) the experience by making a journey filled with quality food (3 meals), Mexican drinks, (all you drink) and a look into the culture of Mexico.

Welcome to Xoximilco sign inside Xoximilco Cancun in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

! Bienvenido a Xoximilco !

What Can I Expect at Xoximilco?

At one turn you are dancing on the boat, at another listening to Mariachi or Banda. Then at another turn you learn about Mexico’s past and then find yourself  playing the popular (and slightly crazy) electric shock game of Toques. All this in between pouring drinks and eating three courses. The ride on the water, lasts 3-3 and 1/2 hours and allows for one ten minute break to freshen up (the boats don’t have bathrooms on board).

Essentially, you can expect to have fun and have a memorable night out in Cancun. I certainly did.

music along the canals at Xoximilco in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico

he navigates the boat through the Xoximilco Canals inside Xoximilco Cancun in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

navigating the boat down the waterway

the tequila, el jimador from inside Xoximilco Cancun in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

I got my hands on the tequila... it is all you can drink


a boat of signing Mariachi inside Xoximilco Cancun in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

you pass entertainment including Mariachi

dancing the macarena on board the boat at Xoximilco in Cancun, mexico

it may not have been pretty, but we all danced

Travel Tips for Xoximilco

dinner is served at Xoximilco, Cancun

dinner is served (two other big dishes for appetizers and one for dessert)

  • On the water there will be mosquitoes, and although Xoximilco provides bug repellent lotion when you first arrive and also some spray on the boats, long pants and long sleeves are a good option especially if it is not too hot.
  • Bring sensible and comfortable dancing shoes, you will be shaking it up a little on board.
  • Bring your appetite and your open-minded curiosity, as there is plenty of authentic Mexican food to sample and taste from across Mexico and each taste is described.
  • Don’t have an early morning adventure planned for the next day, the tequila and cervezas go down way to easy. ( I made this mistake).

If you are looking to be entertained and get a taste of Mexico one evening, this is a great night out and one I am still talking about it. For more details, check out the website here > Xoximilco

Stay adventurous, Craig

Special thanks to Hacienda Tres Rios for taking us out to Xoximilco on a recent FAM for the 4th annual HTR Triathalon. Also, special thanks to Luis Vega, from Expo Triatlón, for allowing me to use his photograph of us dancing, apparently I was too busy showcasing my Macarena knowledge. As always, these opinions are my own.

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  • Maryann

    Many years ago I visited Xochimilco, Mexico City and remember how beautiful it was. Xoximilco on my bucket list for my next visit to Cancun. Looks like fun.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      I definitely recommend it, and believe it or not, it inspired me to visit the original place in Mexico City on my next adventure there… Stay Adventurous, Craig

  • Bill

    This sounds great—hope to visit this park the next time I am in the Cancun area–

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Bill, you will certainly appreciate it… they do a very good an authentic job… stay mexican, Craig

  • TripsByLance

    Yes, those early morning excursions the next day are so hard in Mexico. This looks like a good time. I’d love to sample the variety of food.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Never a good idea for an early rise activity… not sure why people even try. Stay TequilaSunrise, Craig

  • The World Wanderer

    This looks fantastic (especially the all you can drink part, haha)! Good tips too. Love that they supply mosquito repellent too.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It is all eco-friendly repellent too…. a nice eco-friendly touch. And actually, I didn’t receive one bite, but they I saw the mosquitos… well maybe that was the drinks, tequila as a repellent? StayMosquitoFree, Craig

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    This party looks like a blast. Music, food, dancing, boats on the water, and tequila sounds like a recipe for great times and slow moving next mornings.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It is great night out… no doubt. Stay Making the Perfect Mexican Recipe, Craig