Why Puerto Vallarta Is a Gay Mecca You Have to Visit (Plus Pride 2016 Photos)

Andrew Villagomez - Vee Travels
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June 7, 2016

It’s not just the 19 gay bars and clubs that make the Mexican Pacific Coast destination of Puerto Vallarta a gay mecca, but they certainly help and keep the evenings entertaining.

After spending a few days in PV for its annual Pride festivities, this year with a 15-day agenda that brought together thousands of locals and visitors for the Pride parade and to celebrate this year’s approval of same-sex marriage in the state of Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is located), I really got to see the power of the beach escape for the LGBT community – and how it’s been blossoming for decades.

In Puerto Vallarta, since it’s a beach city, locals have a ‘live and let live’ attitude, which help the LGBT community plant its roots. Today, the community has grown and flourished in the super LGBT-friendly Romantic Zone (which is also known as Zona Romantica or Old Town). Here, travelers can find a majority of the gay hotels, bars and clubs, and gay-owned or openly LGBT-friendly businesses. There’s at least five gay-specific stay options in the Romantic Zone, but honestly, everywhere in PV is welcoming and you’re sure to find other gays in your hotel, resort or if you’re staying in a villa or apartment, there’ll be some right down the block.

The golden-sand beaches stretch from the Romantic Zone, around the Banderas Bay and from further south, all the way up to the Riviera Nayarit...

Read the rest and see all the Pride 2016 photos at Vee Travels.

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