Brought into the tourism spotlight by famous Hollywood celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and offering a broad range of gay bars and nightclubs, gay-owned restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and entertainment that established the destination in a league of its own, it is no wonder Puerto Vallarta has been a favorite among LGBT travelers for decades.
Why Choose Puerto Vallarta?
In recent years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has partnered with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GMHC and the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association to promote the destination.
In 2014, Puerto Vallarta became the first Mexican destination to participate in World Pride with its ‘Noche Alegre’ event during the World Pride celebrations in Toronto; and in 2015 the tourism board became the first destination to sponsor the Human Rights Campaign on a national level.
Many of Gay PV’s main attractions can be found in the Zona Romantica, a delightfully walkable area where tourists of all types mix and mingle at the beach, in cafes, shops, restaurants and bars, as well as on the newly widened and covered sidewalks around the neighborhood.
In the past decade, many gay expats from North America have joined locals in opening businesses in the area to cater to gay tourism, creating a vibrant mix of unique and friendly outlets.
Puerto Vallarta’s Annual Vallarta Pride festival takes place in the end of May. The 10-day event includes a Pride Rally, concerts, fashion shows, drag shows, wedding women’s parties.
Gay-friendly Hotel Accommodations
Puerto Vallarta is home to an array of gay lodging options including TAG gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges,bed and breakfasts, and guest houses, some are even gay-owned.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (Marina), host of the 2013 International LGBT Business Expo, the beachfront luxury resort offers all the amenities for a perfect vacation: fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and volleyball courts, easy access to the nearby golf courses and marina, the most spacious spa in Puerto Vallarta, and four world-class restaurants.
Casa Velas (Marina) has become, through the years, an iconic place in Puerto Vallarta. This luxury all-inclusive boutique hotel for adults only features a private ocean beach, several Jacuzzis, an organic garden which provides fresh ingredients for the restaurant, a golf and pools. This haven of peace counts 80 suites inspired by Mexican design and is consistently receiving rave reviews and voted among the top hotels in Mexico by Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler.
What is there to do?
Bar-Hopping Tour – The friendly and professional gay staff organizes a guided immersion in gay Puerto Vallarta’s nightclubs, a wonderful experience
to meet people from all over the world and enjoy Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant nightlife.
Private Beach Clubs – Safire Ocean Club and Mantamar Beach Club are located along the popular Los Muertos Beach, where the ocean meets the cobblestone streets of the old town and lush mountains in the backdrop.
Both offer adult only gay friendly private oceanfront playgrounds featuring the finest amenities including swimming pools, Jacuzzi, beach lounge chairs and cabañas, towel service, poolside bars, live DJs, lockers, showers, changing rooms and restaurants. A host of water sports & activities are also offered including stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, aquaerobics, boogie boarding, yoga and pilates classes and more.
Puerto Vallarta ArtWalk – held every October through May, the ArtWalk is an immersion into the city’s vibrant and ever growing art scene. Participants will tour nine different galleries located in the Historic Center offering a wide range of works by important national and international artists; including paintings, sculptures, fine ceramics, blown glass and other types of noteworthy pieces.
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