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