Puerto Vallarta Continues to Captivate LGBT Tourists from Around the World

Passport Magazine
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September 7, 2013


Puerto Vallarta has been Gay North America’s favorite winter beach destination for decades. The city boasts a broad array of gay bars and nightclubs, gay-owned restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and entertainment that put any other destination to shame.

Over the last decade, thousands of gay and lesbian visitors from the US and Canada have bought property in Puerto Vallarta creating a strong resident community as the core for gay and lesbian tourism.

In recent years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the entity responsible for promoting the destination in the US and Canada, has partnered with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GMHC and the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association to promote the destination to the LGBT market.

Many of Gay PV’s main attractions can be found in the Zona Romantica, a delightfully walkable and compact area where tourists of all stripes mix and mingle at the beach, in cafes, in restaurants and bars, as well as on the newly widened and covered sidewalks of the neighborhood.

In the past decade, many gay ex-Patriots from North America have joined locals in opening businesses in the area to cater to gay tourism, creating a vibrant and exciting mix of unique and friendly businesses.

Puerto Vallarta offers a huge variety of gay lodging possibilities. Gay travelers have the option of choosing from gay and gay-friendly resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and apartments for rent.

Mexico’s Most Famous Gay Beach

Playa Los Muertos beach is the most popular area for gay and lesbian tourists, focusing on the area in front of the “Blue Chairs Resort,” whose blue beach chairs became the name of what most people think of the “gay beach” for over 20 years.

Here you’ll find many visitors sitting under the round thatched “palapas” for shade or lying out on their towels soaking up the Mexican sun. And while it’s loaded with gayfolk, everyone gets along while enjoying Banderas Bay.

The Blue Chairs itself features a popular beachfront and rooftop bar, restaurant and resort. Next door, the larger Ritmos Beach Club (commonly known as “Green Chairs”) is where rock, reggae, disco and pop music, often from live DJs or bands, can be heard during the day.

The entire area has been a popular gay spot for over 20 years. In part that’s due to the beach service where delicious food and plentiful Margaritas are delivered to your Palapa while your cares melt away. Just a bit north, the Lido Beach Club offers a luxurious environment with large umbrellas, an air conditioned bar, lounge and an open-air dining area with Mediterranean food.

Widest Variety of Gay Nightlife

An endless selection of dozens of night clubs, bars, cafes, discos, cantinas, lounges, and gay party venues can keep the party going from afternoon to the wee hours. Some casual, more intimate spots include Anonimo, Apaches, Sama, Frida, Garbo Martini Bar and Reinas. For a livelier environment visitors can start out the evening at the popular La Noche Bar, then head to Paco’s Ranch or CC Slaughter’s nightclub. Don’t forget the fabulous Palm Bar, which features live shows (during the season) from a variety of entertainers nightly in a lounge environment, including the famous Kinsey Sicks and Canada’s favorite singer Kim Kuzma.

Read more about LGBT Friendly Activities Besides the Beach at Passport.

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