A Night at Parque Las Palapas

Parque Las Palapas is one of my favorite places in Cancun. It’s not particularly fancy and there’s no ocean view, but the atmosphere is great.

This park (and I use the term loosely because it’s mostly paved) has a food area where you can buy tacos, tortas, etc, along with tons of junk food carts (yum!) and vendors selling tables of used books, traditional clothing, handmade jewelry and more.

Last time I went, it just happened to be the night of the pageant to crown the Junior King and Queen for the upcoming Cancun Carnaval. There was a pretty big crowd gathered around the main stage at Parque Las Palapas. I guessed that the girl in the blue dress was going to win because her dress was the most sparkly. And she won!

After the pageant, my friends and I strolled around the park and just took it all in. Lots of families, kids running around, and a group of guys playing drums for tips. It’s a fun place to just hang out with the people of Cancun.

If you’re ever in downtown Cancun one evening and want to see where all the local families go, stop by Parque Las Palapas and just walk around for a bit. Maybe buy some jewelry. Parque Las Palapas is located near the ADO  bus station, just between Avenida Tulum and Avenida Yaxchilan.

4 thoughts on “A Night at Parque Las Palapas

  1. OMG, I’ve been there! That place is AWESOME!

    I ate there several times and the food is really good. I’d go back in a heart beat. It was very close to the hotel I stayed in.

    Ah the memories. Great post!

  2. They don’t sell used books it’s a free public outdoor library. You can just borrow any book and donate those you have to the library so someone else can borrow it.

    They also sometimes sell new books but only during the book fair

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