Gay Guide to PUERTO VALLARTA

Home to the best gay beaches, finest restaurants and busiest gay bars in all of Mexico and is warm from October to April making it the perfect Winter Escape!

Playa Los Muertos

Playa Los Muertos is home to the gay beach of Puerto Vallarta with great beach clubs.

Puerto Vallarta Gay Scene

PV’s gay scene is centered around the Lázaro Cárdenas strip with great bars & clubs open ’till 6am.

How PV became Mexico’s No 1 gay destination?

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular gay destinations in North America. This bustling small city of cobbled streets is nestled between Bahía de Banderas and the tropical forests of the nearby Sierra Madre mountains. It combines the best  beaches, ocean and mountain vistas, pacific sunsets, and handsome hombres, to create a truly memorable destination that is popular from mid November to the end of April.

There is no shortage of activities. Whether you want to bike ride along the Cuale River, whale watch while the sun sets, sail on one of the many gay-day cruises or simply relax in one of the beach clubs along the bay, Puerto Vallarta ticks all the boxes.

In 1963, then a small fishing town, Puerto Vallarta burst upon the international jet-set-scene with the arrival of Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and soon after Liz Taylor, for the filming of the “Night of the Iguana”. Taylor’s influence still remains today. Her former home is now a stunning restaurant.  The film brought mass attention to Puerto Vallarta and every since, Puerto Vallarta has been popular with those seeking an idyllic beach escape.

The city’s evolution into a gay destination begin in the early 90’s when Paco Ruiz opened the first gay club, “Club Paco Paco”.  Early on he faced police intimidation which garnered media attention.  The public outcry that followed helped create the tolerant and gay-friendly environment experienced by visitors to the city today.  It is this tolerance and openness that made Puerto Vallarta an attractive destination for gay tourists looking for a safe and welcoming destination. Over the years the city has become one of the world’s top 10 gay destinations. Incidentally Club Paco reopened as Paco’s Ranch in a new location and is now one of the busiest gay bars in Puerto Vallarta.

Getting Around – Zona Romantico, The Gay District.

Located on Mexico’s west coast in the state of Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta is home to more than 40 different gay bars, restaurants and clubs, all located in the Zona Romantico and close to miles and miles of turquoise seas and golden beaches. Unless you are staying in one of the resorts in Nuevo Vallarta, the Romantic Zone is where you will spend most of your holiday. Check out our top places to play, drink and dance below!

  • Where to Stay

    Puerto Vallarta can be divided into 3 zones, Zona Romantica, El Centro and The Hotel Zone. You will want to stay in the Romantic Zone close to all the bars and clubs. El Centro is home to some great restaurants and the main boardwalk. The Hotel Zone is quite a distance away and caters to all inclusive tourists. Check out hotels in the Romantic Zone.

  • The Gay District

    You can walk to most bars and clubs . For recommended restaurants that are further from the historic district of Emiliano Zapata, take a taxi. They are cheap and plentiful. Pay in Mexican pesos for the best rate and agree on the fare before you get in the cab

  • The Gay Bar Tour of Puerto Vallarta

    Take the famous Bar hopping tour of Puerto Vallarta. Meet new friends, get VIP access to all the bars and clubs and take in a meal or show if you wish! Book in advance as this tour sells out during October to April.

Where to eat, drink & Party IN PUERTO VALLARTA

From the best beaches to the most authentic restaurants, check out our top tips recommendations when staying in gay Puerto Vallarta!

DINING OUT

No 1 – VISTA GRILL

Vista Grill

Puerto Vallarta offers great dining options, from local Mexican food to the finest in International Cuisine.  Our top recommendation has to be The Vista Grill with memorable views of Puerto Vallarta and a fresh take on traditional Mexican cuisine.

BEACH CLUB

No 1 – MANTAMAR

The beach clubs along the gay beach are clean, friendly and a great way to spend the day! Our favourite has to be the Mantamar beach club with great pool and excellent food.

PARTY

No 1 – LA NOCHE

La Noche

The best gay bars and clubs are all located on one strip. They are all fun and friendly but our favourite has to be La Noche. Great drinks, large interior and stunning shows with hot GoGos and excellent music.

Where to stay in PUERTO VALLARTA?

Most of the major large chain hotels are located in the Hotel Zone. For gay visitors we recommend avoiding this area and opt for the Zona Romantica. Here you will find boutique hotels, gay guest houses and gay-friendly condos and apartments right by the beach.

Casa Cupula

One of Puerto Vallarta’s most famous gay guest houses!

Casa Cupula is one of the most famous gay guest houses in PV. Each room is different and they offer a delicious late breakfast. The venue also hosts several themed parties throughout the high season. Check rates for Casa Cupula 

Pinnacle Suites PVR

Stunning suites with the best view of PV

The luxury 5 star Signature by Pinnacle has a very popular roof-top bar for sundowners and the sea-facing rooms provide breathtaking views. Check Rates for the Pinnacle Now

Casa Dona Susana

Stunning adults only boutique hotel

Casa Dona Susana is an adult’s only boutique hotel with a great rooftop pool, large rooms with modern decor and is close to all the gay bars and clubs.

Exploring the best of PUERTO VALLARTA


Whether you are a thrill-seeker or prefer lounging around in a private beach club, Puerto Vallarta has activities to suit all tastes. For shopaholics, the city is full of stunning art galleries and craft stores. Take the city art walk and discover some of the stunning local glassware, pottery, and paintings. Shop on the water by paying a visit to the Island in the middle of the Cuale river where you can find local artists selling their wares.

Gay Cruise Puerto Vallarta

Explore the nearby beaches and snorkeling on the Wet and Wild or Diana’s Tour Cruise.

Las-Caletas

Head to Las Caletas where you can surf or chill out with Spa Treatments!

Mantamar Beach Club

Spend the day lounging at one of the great beach clubs along the gay beach!

Zip Line Tours PVR

Go on a Zip Line adventure tour over the canopy of a tropical forest!

What to do?

Those seeking adventure should check out the ATV and Zip Lining tours through the forest! Try some world-class surfing at Sayulita beach. Its paradise! Or hitch a ride on a panga (water taxi) and visit nearby Los Arcos for some snorkelling and relaxation.  Diana’s Tour is one of the longest running gay tour companies in Puerto Vallarta. The tour sells out in advance.  It takes in some of Puerto Vallarta’s best know beach stops including a clothing-optional stop at Los Caballitos Beach.

Want to do something different? Book a day Trip to Las Caletas. You have a variety of options on how you choose to spend your day. Relax under the shade on a hammock, book a therapeutic spa treatment, go diving, or explore Las Caletas by land.

Another popular destination is Marietas Islands, where you can snorkel and take in the stunning hidden beach. Sunset and whale watching cruises are also available.

Finally, we love the Vallarta Botanical Gardens with its stunning orchids, superb restaurant, and hidden swimming holes.

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