This sleepy island has a surprisingly healthy nightlife scene, with a variety of options to choose from. Most bars close by midnight, but the party continues at the nightclubs until 2 am. The majority of venues are within downtown’s four-block radius, with a few others along Playa Norte. The proximity makes barhopping on foot perilously convenient.
Isleños also celebrate many holidays and festivals in El Pueblo, usually with live entertainment. Carnaval, held annually in February or March (the week before Lent), turns sleepy Isla Mujeres into party central with music, dancing, and colorful parades in the zócalo. In Mardi Gras–like fashion, locals dressed in costumes liven up the island with decorated golf carts and dance performances. Other popular events include Founder’s Day (August 17), which marks the island’s official founding by the Mexican government. From October 31 to November 2, locals head to the cemetery to honor their dearly departed during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.