Mexico is a never ending experience for the gay traveler. Relax by lying on an isolated beach, or wandering the avenues of some lovely village. Mexico offers so many things to do and experience. Jungles, architecture, historic landmarks, arts and crafts, amazing food, scuba diving, parasailing… The list can go on and on. Homosexuality is still a bit closeted in Mexico, but surprisingly, the attitude towards the lgbtq+ population is quite liberal. We recommend visiting Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Loreto, and Cancun. This is a fabulous place to visit, with Atlantis Vacations usually having two cruises and two land based vacations a year here.

A traditionally Catholic country, Mexico is getting more gay-friendly all the time. Medium-sized and big cities as well as coastal resorts all have gay bars and sometimes gay discos. Watch out, the extrovert Mexicans are never shy of flirting.

Mexico City - This huge city offers a vast array of gay bars and clubs, from stylish and slick to unassuming and friendly, both in the elegant Zona Rosa and elsewhere

Acapulco - Apart from the natural beauty of the Quebrada divers, this party place has hectic night clubs, strip joints and friendly bars. Most of your fellow travellers are Mexican.

Puerto Vallarta - Commonly considered the most gay-friendly destination in Mexico. The area known as the South Side or Zona Romántica in the southern part of the old city the epicenter of both gay nightlife and the popular gay beach, which consists largely of the Blue and Green chair restaurant/bar areas with their many palapas along Playa Los Muertos beach.
Same-sex marriage legalized in June 2016 when Mexican Supreme Court declares denying gays and lesbians from marriage went against the Mexican constitution.

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Here are some of the events and venues, for the lgbtq+Q+ community in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;

1. Puerto Vallarta Mexico Gay Resort Week; This amazing event organized by Vacaya offers a resort experience in Puerto Vallarta. It's a favorite among lgbtq+Q+ individuals looking for a time. You can find details about this event on Happy Gay Travel.

2. Guadalajara Gay Pride; Held in Guadalajara this pride celebration is an event that showcases the gay community and their commitment to lgbtq+Q+ rights. To learn more about this celebration you can visit Wikipedia.

3. Pacos Ranch Gay Bar; Located in Puerto Vallarta Pacos Ranch is a known gay bar that attracts locals and tourists alike. It's a choice for those seeking a nightlife experience. For information about Pacos Ranch you can visit their website.

4. Orgullo Gay in Mexico City; This event is a highlight of the Mexico City lgbtq+ Pride festivities. Includes activities as well as an impressive parade. To get information about this celebration you can check out HuffPost.

5. BonBon Party in Mexico City; Known for its inclusive atmosphere the BonBon Party rivals some of the gay parties around the world like those held in New York City. For details, about this event you can refer to Myopia Media.

6. Sunset Drag T Dance; Join the fusion of a captivating drag show and a lively dance party, at the Almar Resort in Puerto Vallarta. This incredible event takes place against the backdrop of a sunset. For details you can find information on Almar Resorts official website.

7. Puerto Vallarta Pride; Every May Puerto Vallarta hosts a celebration known as Puerto Vallarta Pride. This week long extravaganza is filled with parties, dazzling parades, exhilarating concerts and engaging activities. The highlight of this event is the parade that attracts thousands of participants and spectators alike.

8. Leather Weekend Puerto Vallarta; Immerse yourself in the thrilling experience of Leather Weekend Puerto Vallarta. This fantastic event includes parties at STUDS Bear and Leather Bar poolside celebrations a day at the beach tea dances, cigar socials and even a leather brunch with breathtaking views overlooking Puerto Vallarta and the ocean. There are surprises awaiting you!

9. BeefDip Bear Week; Embrace a week in coastal Puerto Vallarta during BeefDip Bear Week. Taking place during winter months annually this gathering unites members of the bear community along with their admirers. Experience an array of activities, parties and social events meticulously designed to create an enjoyable ambiance for all attendees.

10. GAYthering; Get ready to be part of a series of parties and social gatherings throughout the year, in Puerto Vallarta.
It's an opportunity to meet people enjoy dancing and have a blast.

11. Blue Chairs Rooftop Bar; This iconic bar, known for its views of Puerto Vallarta and the ocean is a hotspot. They often organize events, like music performances, drag shows and much more.

12. CC Slaughters; This vibrant nightclub is one of the destinations for dancing through the night in Puerto Vallarta. With its dance floor stocked bar and welcoming ambiance it guarantees a fun filled time.

13. Casa Cupula; This luxurious resort is sought after by lgbtq+Q+ travelers. It offers amenities such, as a pool, spa services, a restaurant and more. The resort frequently hosts events and parties that make it a central hub of the scene in Puerto Vallarta.

Gay Bars and Hotspots in Puerto Vallarta:
Puerto Vallarta is a popular destination for the lgbtq+Q+ community, with a vibrant scene that includes a variety of gay events and hotspots. Here are some details about the most popular ones:

  1. Los Amigos - Cantina Style Gay Bar: Friendly "cantina" style gay bar with an open terrace and friendly crowd. Dance floor.
  2. Anonimo Video Bar PV"A place for everyone! Multiple floors, balconies, patios, and bars. We have the best bartenders in PV! Come on in and see for yourself!"
  3. Mr. Flamingo: An hugely popular open air tiki bar with a very popular dance vibe. It is gay owned with an mixed crowd of visitors! It is the place to party and you have to see the hot bartenders and waiters starting at the corner sidewalk. The bar is located in the corner of Lázaro Cárdenas and I.L. Vallarta streets in Old Town. Open daily from 2pm to 3am.
  4. Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea: This iconic beachfront resort is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta's gay district and is known for its lively atmosphere. The resort features a popular gay beach club, as well as a rooftop bar that offers stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding area.
  5. Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill: This popular beach club is located in the Zona Romantica and features a large pool, hot tubs, and a bar and grill. It's a great place to relax during the day and also hosts a variety of events and parties throughout the week.
  6. The Palm Cabaret and Bar: This intimate theater and bar is located in the heart of the gay district and features a variety of performances, including comedy, music, and drag shows. It's a great place to enjoy a night out with friends and experience the local entertainment scene.
  7. Paco's Ranch: This popular nightclub is located in the gay district and features a variety of music, including pop, dance, and Latin beats. It's a great place to dance the night away and meet new people.
  8. La Noche: This popular nightclub is located in the heart of the gay district and features a variety of music, including pop, dance, and electronic beats. It's a great place to dance and party with friends.
  9. Casa Cupula Hotel: This boutique hotel is located in the Zona Romantica and features luxurious accommodations, a spa, and a restaurant. It's also home to the popular Taste restaurant, which serves up a variety of delicious dishes using local ingredients.

Recommended Gay-Friendly Hotels in Mexico:

  1. Hotel Mercurio, Puerto Vallarta: Known as a favorite gay hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Hotel Mercurio offers unforgettable attention and great experiences. It's lgbtq+-friendly and close to the city center and nightlife, making it an ideal spot for new adventures. Link
  2. OTE4, Playa del Carmen: LOTE4 offers lgbtq+Q studio apartments in the center of Playa del Carmen. It's a gay-owned, adult-only accommodation focusing on the lgbtq+Q community, with facilities like a swimming pool and proximity to the famous Quinta Avenida. Link
  3. Almar Resort Luxury lgbtq+ Beach Front Experiences, Puerto Vallarta: Almar Resort is the only gay luxury hotel in Puerto Vallarta on the beach. It offers luxury suites, exclusive services, and is located steps from the famous Malecon and the best gay bars and clubs in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta Link

Here are 15 recommendations and tips for a gay traveler visiting Mexico:

  1. Visit Mexico City's Zona Rosa district, which is known as the city's gay district. Here, you can find plenty of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that cater specifically to the lgbtq+Q+ community.

  2. Check out the gay pride parade, which takes place in Mexico City every June. It's one of the largest pride events in Latin America and is a great way to connect with the local lgbtq+Q+ community.

  3. Explore the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, which is known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. The city is also home to a growing lgbtq+Q+ community and a number of gay-friendly hotels and restaurants.

  4. Head to Puerto Vallarta, which is one of Mexico's most popular gay destinations. The city has a large lgbtq+Q+ population and is known for its lively nightlife, beautiful beaches, and stunning sunsets.

  5. Visit Tulum, which is a popular destination for both straight and gay travelers. The town is home to a number of gay-friendly hotels and resorts, and is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ancient ruins.

  6. Explore the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, which is one of the most popular tuorist destinations in Mexico. The site is home to a number of ancient temples and pyramids, and is a great way to learn more about Mexico's rich history and culture.

  7. Try traditional Mexican cuisine, which is known for its bold flavors and unique ingredients. Some of the most popular dishes include tacos al pastor, mole, and chilaquiles.

  8. Take a cooking class, where you can learn how to make traditional Mexican dishes from scratch. Many classes are taught by local chefs and offer a fun and interactive way to learn about Mexican cuisine.

  9. Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, which is dedicated to the life and work of the famous Mexican artist. The museum is housed in Kahlo's former home and is filled with her artwork and personal belongings.

  10. Check out the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which is a stunning building located in the heart of Mexico City. The palace is home to a number of art exhibits and performances, and is a great way to experience Mexico's vibrant cultural scene.

  11. Take a tour of Tequila, which is the birthplace of Mexico's national drink. You can visit local distilleries, learn about the history of tequila, and even sample different varieties of the drink.

  12. Visit the Xochimilco canals in Mexico City, where you can take a boat ride and enjoy traditional Mexican music and food. The canals are a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, and offer a fun and unique way to experience Mexican culture.

  13. Check out the Cenotes, which are natural swimming holes found throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. The cenotes are known for their crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty, and offer a refreshing break from the heat.

  14. Learn how to salsa dance, which is one of Mexico's most popular dances. Many bars and nightclubs offer salsa lessons, and it's a great way to meet locals and immerse yourself in Mexican culture.

  15. Take a day trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, which are located just outside of Mexico City. The pyrammids are some of the largest and most well-preserved in the world, and offer a fascinating glimpse into Mexico's ancient history.
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