Gay Vacations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Sunset over the ocean in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Corel)

Puerto Vallarta Highlights

  • There are plenty of beaches to choose from. If the scene at Blue Chairs is simply too much, don’t worry: More than 26 miles of beaches line the Bay of Banderas. If you’re looking for a gay nude beach, head to the lesser-known beach 12 miles south of town in front of the remote LGBT guesthouse Paco's Paradise.
  • Avoid traveling here in September. Although Puerto Vallarta is always warm, the humidity, rain and temperatures are worst during September.
  • Join gay excursions. No need to be packed in with straight tourists when going on excursions: Blue Chairs Beach Resort (right on the beach) arranges LGBT boat trips, horseback jungle tours, and scuba trips.

Located in the Pacific state of Jalisco, sandwiched between mountains and a gorgeous bay, Puerto Vallarta attracts not only a swath of gay and lesbian American and European travelers, but also its fair share of queer Mexicans as well. Puerto Vallarta now has over a dozen LGBT hotels and guesthouses, a selection of gay bars and clubs, a world famous gay beach (Blue Chairs and its neighbor, Green Chairs), gay boat trips, and lots of fine dining to boot. Most of the gay and lesbian infrastructure is in the Zona Romantica (also called the South Side). The city is small but sophisticated, with a huge art gallery scene and one of the most gay-positive vibes in Latin America.

More modern hotel and shopping areas have arisen north and south of the cobblestoned old town, allowing the area to retain much of its colonial charm. Malecon (the town’s main waterfront street) presents sculptures in an outdoor palm-lined art walk, and galleries outnumber churches. Despite the onslaught of timeshares and ex-pats who now call it home, Vallarta still feels authentically Mexican. You can also take side trips to the natural hot springs in the mountains surrounding the bay, and there are tours that include swimming with dolphins.

Published: 17 Jul 2008 | Last Updated: 17 Aug 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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