In Defense of Tourist Spots
Hanging out at a bar in Cabo San Lucas, a young woman once told me, "Everybody likes everybody on vacation." The people around her offered lots of supporting evidence. Tourists and locals both young and old danced in conga lines, ate jello shots and sang along to their favorite songs. You may have heard of this bar - El Squid Roe - because it's a well-recognized tourist destination. In other words, there were lots of people on vacation.
That's the power of a tourist spot, and why I think that young woman was right. The produced pandemonium of a touristy bar or destination turns the electric feel of being on vacation up to ten. The trick to finding a great touristy spot is to find the ones that became so well-known because they offer something just that special and awesome.
And that's not as hard as it may seem. Here's a quick list of our 3 favorite bars in Jamaica and Mexico where just about everybody's on vacation.