If you’re taking a vacation to Cancun, you are probably imagining spending hours sipping tropical cocktails by the pool or lounging on the white, sandy beaches. Located in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is a top tourist destination. In addition to amazing beaches and freshwater cenotes, Cancun has amazing restaurants, bars, shopping, and tons of outdoor activities to enjoy. In addition, there are also impressive thematic shows and performances to attend. For example, the Jolly Roger pirate show is one of Cancun’s top tours that travelers really enjoy. It’s a day full of adventure, world class entertainment, a gourmet meal, and premium open bar. Make sure to book your tickets in advance as space is limited. In the meantime, keep reading more below about top 5 picks for the best thematic shows in Cancun. 

Jolly Roger Pirate Show

Best Shows in Cancun
Jolly Roger’s Pirate Ship

To start with, the Jolly Roger pirate show has been a favorite tour for travelers for many years. Set aboard an authentic 17th century replica vessel, guests will feel as if they have stepped back in time when they set foot aboard the ship. There are day and evening tours available, and both shows are family-friendly. In fact, the Jolly Roger Cancun pirate show and dinner cruise is perfect for the whole family. Both kids and adults will love the exciting entertainment that includes live music, singing, dancing, and acrobatic fighting. There is even real cannon fire and the evening tour includes a dramatic fireworks display. The 3 ½ tour will cruise through the Caribbean Sea while guests enjoy the world class entertainment and cheerful, animated costumed pirates. In addition, a delicious gourmet dinner and unlimited drinks from a premium open bar makes this one of Cancun’s top tours. 

Cirque du Soleil Joyà

Unique Shows in Cancun

Next, the Cirque du Soleil Joyà show is an 80-minute long performance in the Riviera Maya. The show is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and its subsidiary Cirque du Soleil Events + Experiences. The first resident show in Latin America, Joyá combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting that will engage the audience’s five senses. The show is based on Mexico’s rich history and heritage, and tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter. Together, they embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of life. Guests will also be treated to tastings of extraordinary and authentic dishes in addition to the exciting performance.  

Coco Bongo Nightclub

Must attend Shows

Another fun show to enjoy in Cancun is held at the Coco Bongo nightclub and disco. One of Cancun’s most popular nightclubs, the arena offers visitors a fun place to go dancing and watch live shows including professional rock star impersonators. Guests must be 18-years-old or older to attend and there are various tour packages to choose from. You can opt for the Regular Pass which allows you access to Coco Bongo and unlimited domestic drinks and a snack. ThePpremium Deal includes unlimited premium drinks, and the Gold Member option includes a front row seat for the show. Nightly shows are held each evening from 7:00pm to 1:00am.  

Elton Dueling Pianos

Elton Dueling Pianos Cancun

If you enjoy listening to live music, the Elton Dueling Pianos show is a fun one to attend. The super popular new bar-restaurant is located in the Puerto Cancun area of town. There, the show features a live showband and a DJ every Wednesday through Sunday. They also have a small menu that features paninis, skewers, tacos, tostadas, and steak and seafood dishes. This club is packed with travelers of all ages so you’ll feel comfortable if you’re in your 30’s, 40’s or older. There is no cover, but it’s recommended to call and reserve a table ahead of time.

Xcaret México Espectacular Show

Xcaret in Cancun

Last but not least, the Xcaret México Espectacular Shows is one of Cancun’s most impressive thematic shows. Mexico is a fascinating blending of traditions of culture that have endured the past of the centuries. The show includes amazing historical reenactments that will delight the audience. Featuring more than 300 artists on stage, the impressive scenario of the Gran Tlachco is the background for this exciting performance. Visitors will  be taken on a journey through the rich heritage and culture of Mexico. The presentation covers more than 500 years of history and includes important moments from various eras including the pre-Columbian era, the Conquest of Mexico times, the Colonial Era, the first years of Mexico as an independent country, the Revolution years at the beginning of the 20th Century, up until present time.  

Are you ready to take a vacation to Cancun? Why not surprise your family with a wonderful trip to paradise? During your visit, make sure to attend these top thematic shows as well! If time is limited, the best choice is the Jolly Roger pirate show. The entire family will love the day full of adventure, excitement, and world class entertainment. Plus, there is singing, dancing, live cannon fire, and impressive acrobatic fighting. Evening tours even have a dazzling fireworks display to conclude the tour. Day tours can be combined with visits to local Mayan ruin sites, too. Plus, there is a delicious gourmet meal served as well as a premium open bar. What are you waiting for? Make sure to book your tickets in advance as space is limited!