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Salsa Dancing Playa Del Carmen: Where to Go

Curious to check out the vibrant salsa dancing Playa del Carmen scene? I’m a big fan of salsa dancing and have used it as a tool to meet people when solo traveling. When I arrived in Playa, one of the first things I did was look for bachata and salsa Playa del Carmen classes, which were challenging to find.

Over the past few years, the salsa dancing Playa del Carmen community has grown. As I’ve gotten to know the teachers, fellow dancers, and DJs, my nights have been filled with classes and social invitations.

I created this salsa Playa del Carmen guide to help people who are new to the area or visiting on vacation and want to salsa. Playa has an energetic and thriving dance scene, but it isn’t easy to navigate unless you know where to look!

Salsa Dancing Playa del Carmen: Where to Take Classes

I recommend taking salsa classes to learn about the dance style before hitting the clubs. Playa del Carmen has plenty of salsa teachers and lessons—these are some of my top picks.

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Encubate is the best place to try salsa dancing Playa del Carmen, regardless if you’re a beginner or intermediate dancer. They have weekly evening classes at the Deportivo Mario Villanueva (the stadium off 10th Avenue, between Calle 32 and 34). Just walk in and head up the stairs to the Palapa—currently, the timetable at Encubate is:

Monday and Wednesday: Beginners’ Salsa (8:00 to 9:00 p.m.), Beginners’ Bachata (9:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

Tuesday and Thursday: Intermediate Salsa (8:00 to 9:00 p.m.), Intermediate Bachata (9:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

You can check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about taking a salsa class in Playa del Carmen. The updated cost is $450. I took Intermediate Salsa and Bachata, so I can do 16 monthly classes for just 700 pesos!

Selina Playa del Carmen Salsa

Wednesdays and Fridays at Selina Playa del Carmen Salsa are the best! My favorite teachers work there—there’s always a great social scene after the classes.

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Typically, Selina Playa del Carmen Salsa is an open-level bachata class from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. for 50 pesos, but it occasionally offers salsa at 7:00 p.m. Check Facebook for the schedule of weekly classes. Selina has a big, friendly crowd, so don’t feel shy coming alone—you’ll quickly meet people and make new dancing friends!

Other Salsa Dancing Playa del Carmen Classes


On Stage Dance Studio (with teachers Pau & Mariano): Salsa (8:00 p.m.), Bachata (9:00 p.m.) 

10th Avenue and 6th Bis (with teacher Aldebaran): Salsa and Bachata Cumbia (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

Riviera Maya Suites (with teachers Ramon & Daniel): Salsa (8:00 p.m.), Bachata (9:00 p.m.)


10th Avenue and 6th Bis (with teacher Aldebaran): Salsa and Bachata Cumbia (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)


On Stage Dance Studio (with teachers Pau & Mariano): Ladies’ Styling (8:00 p.m.), Bachata (9:00 p.m.) 

10th Avenue and 6th Bis (with teacher Aldebaran): Salsa and Bachata Cumbia (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)


On Stage Dance Studio (with teachers Pau & Mariano): Beginners’ Salsa (8:00 p.m.), Bachata (9:00 p.m.) 

10th Avenue and 6th Bis (with teacher Aldebaran): Salsa and Bachata Cumbia (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)


10th Avenue and 6th Bis (with teacher Aldebaran): Salsa and Bachata Cumbia (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

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Salsa Playa del Carmen: Best Teachers

While there are many incredible salsa teachers in Playa del Carmen, these are the teachers that I know personally and recommend. They speak Spanish as their first language but speak English well enough to teach salsa.

I highly suggest taking classes with these teachers—each has a unique style, and it’s fun to keep things fresh by changing teachers. I take weekly classes with Martin, Tonio, and Chino.

Please let these teachers know you found out about them through this post when you contact them!

Looking for somewhere to stay in Playa del Carmen?

I wrote a whole guide to Accommodation in Playa del Carmen you can read here. I also recommend booking one of these Airbnb’s. They are all in great locations and are super reasonably priced. 

Charming Penthouse
Paradise Awaits at our Trendy Condo, Fantastic Rates!
Casa De Namaste- Relaxing 1 Br Condo near Playa’s best Beaches & 5th Ave!


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Tonio teaches salsa and bachata—he runs the Latin nights at Selina and is super active in the community. He also speaks excellent English!

WhatsApp: +52 1 984 118 0094 | Facebook 


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Martin teaches salsa and bachata at Encubate if you want to take a few before committing to private sessions with him.

WhatsApp: +52 984 145 2655 | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Pau and Mariano

Pau and Mariano teach bachata, salsa, and styling. They’re the only professional couple (that I know of) currently teaching in Playa. The couple has received many professional accolades and has won many international competitions—they’re also super friendly!

WhatsApp: +54 9 11 3569-310 | Instagram


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Chino teaches salsa, bachata, and reggaeton. He’s available for classes most days and can come to you, or (for an extra fee) you can take classes in a dance studio with mirrors.

WhatsApp: +52 1 984 807 6453 | Instagram | Facebook

Salsa Dancing Playa del Carmen: Where to Dance Socially

There are many places to social dance salsa and bachata in Playa del Carmen. These are my favorites and the most popular ones among dancers and teachers.


Selina: Classes (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.), Social Dancing (starts at 9:00 p.m.)


MDR Social at Encanto Beach: Social Dancing (typically starts at 8:00 p.m.)

If you want to join the Salsa Dancing Playa del Carmen WhatsApp group, click this link—this is just for students and has all the most up-to-date information. It’s the best place to stay in the loop with weekly salsa socials in Playa del Carmen.

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Playa Del Carmen Travel Guide Planning

🧳 Any recommendations on what I should pack for Playa Del Carmen?

Yes! I have created a whole packing guide to Playa Del Carmen which you can read here and you can also check out my packing list for Playa Del Carmen on Amazon here.

🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m in Playa Del Carmen?

I strongly recommend using GottoGo. You can book almost all transport in the major Mexican tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours in Playa Del Carmen?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a  lot of options available!

If you are traveling from Playa del Carmen then I recommend booking through my friend Vanessa at Turismo Channel. You can check out their tours by clicking here and using the following discount codes for the best prices clairecaroff (car rental), claire10off (for 10% off group tours), claireprivate (for a discount on private tours). You can also send her a WhatsApp message quoting the above codes to receive the discount.

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

Where to salsa playa del carmen


Saturday 11th of September 2021

Amazing article i take lesson with Steve in Playa del Carmen amazing teacher in


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Hi Claire! Thanks for your article! I have décided to take a break and move to playa del Carmen in October. I am looking for portorican salsa actually ! It's what i practice, even though i am open to learn cuban, bachata and some kizomba too. Have you heard of any portorican salsa classes in Playa del Carmen? Thanks you so much!


Thursday 5th of August 2021

Great infos. It is so hard to find the good salsa dancing places!!! Thanks!


Sunday 1st of August 2021

Thank you for all these wonderful info, I will be traveling at the end of this month, also looking for salsa/ kizomba social. The places you mentioned, are there lots of higher level of dancers., the one you mentioned on Friday nights, and Saturdays?

Thanks a ton!


Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Hi Claire! Thanks for the details of this article. I’m heading to playa this weekend and can’t wait to dance. Unfortunately, the WhatsApp link you provided says the group is full. Any recommendations to access it?