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Gay Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta has long been a #1 popular stop on the well-trodden North American gay trail for many years. Puerto Vallarta is easily accessible, truly accepting, and a very affordable gay beach destination. The city has more gay English speakers than most anywhere in Mexico. Many expatriates have chosen to make it their home. Local gays also come every weekend from Mexico City and Guadalajara, providing a solid and transient crowd year round. The year round warm beach climate is very attractive to LGBT travelers seeking a great gay beach vacation South of the Border.
Many have called Puerto Vallarta the “San Francisco of Mexico,”. Don't be surprised to find out the city has 3 large dance clubs, 20 plus gay and friendly bars, 2 saunas, 3 gay boat tours, 2 live cabaret venues, 1 gay bar hopping tour, many gay clothing stores, and a thriving arts and culture scene. So check out our gay friendly resorts and plan your stay! Don't forget Gay Pride in May, Bear and Leather week in February, and Latin Fever in November.
The newly remodeled Malecon stretches from downtown to the south end of Old Town, where clowns, mimes, performers, and sand castle builders provide traditional Mexican entertainment to hundreds of leisurely strollers. The Old Town, nestled over and beyond the Rio Cuale, provides a compact and charming base for many gay travelers. Also known as the Zona Romantica, this enchanting Mexican Colonia plays a foil to the sprawling resorts dominating “Neuvo Vallarta” north of the river. The Mexican colonial charms of the Puerto Vallarta gay zone are similar to San Francisco and Ibiza.
Shimmering Banderas Bay not only provides the backdrop for endless beaches and some of the most fantastic sunsets ever photographed, but also creates some fantastic opportunities to explore beyond the city. Jump on a city bus, and visit surfer’s paradise Sayulita. Scheduled boats leave from Los Muertos Pier to a variety of secluded gay hotspots, including the small, care-free village of Yelapa.
Puerto Vallarta is also a top beach destination for Mexican tourists, so visiting during large public holidays like Semana Santa and Latin Fever (Thanksgiving and New Years) will be extra-packed. Peak travel season coincides with the colder climes up north, as the gays really start moving south starting in October! The summer months between June until October provide daily tropical refreshing rains to cool down some of the humidity.
Watch as our Gay Travel Gurus, Bria & Chrissy embark on an adventure to Puerto Vallarta!
The Gay Scene in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top gay destinations because it has a great deal more tolerance for and in fact, a great deal more entertainment geared towards the gay scene than any other city in Mexico. Most of this is focused in the old town area which has several gay clubs and countless gay bars and restaurants.
Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants and has won many accolades due to its variety of restaurants ranging from the urban chic to the ultra gourmet. There are three annual culinary festivals and one for wine connoisseurs, where you can indulge till your heart’s content on both delicious food creations from global chefs flown in for the events, and excellent wines from around the world. While in Vallarta, go for some of the local delicacies like Agua Chile, Chile Rellenos, and Birria available throughout the cities known as fondas.
Nightlife in Puerto Vallarta
The nightlife can start on the beach in early afternoon and has be known to end up back at the beach after a dizzying 24 hours. Bars come and go with changing trends and fads, the leaders in today ́s Vallarta include Paco ́s Ranch, La Noche, CC Slaughters, and Enter on Weekends. Check out Garbo for entertainment. There are probably over 30 bars and clubs on offer catering to every category from Bears and Cubs, Sugar Daddies, EMOS, Muscle Marys, Cowboys, and Preps. Drag shows are still popular as are go-go boys in bikinis.
Local Tips in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta offers an extreme variety of activities that will seduce even the most urban, social media addicted gay visitor. With 27 miles of coastline, there is plenty of space to allow you be in the throng of thongs or enjoy a secluded beach just for 2.