Located in the Pacific state of Jalisco, sandwiched between mountains and gorgeous Banderas Bay, P.V. 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 has over a dozen LGBT hotels, rentals and guesthouses, a large 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. Welcome to coastal Mexico’s sun-drenched queer mecca.
More modern hotel and shopping areas (like Nuevo Vallarta) have arisen north and south of the cobblestone 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 the city home, Vallarta still feels authentically Mexico. You can also take side trips to the natural hot springs in the mountains surrounding the bay, and there are tours for swimming with dolphins as well.
Located in Romantic Zone, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa de los Muertos, and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Malecon. Los Muertos Pier and Olas Altas Street are also within 10 minutes.
Set on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, this resort is within the vicinity of Malecon, La Isla, and Bay of Banderas. Area attractions also include Los Arcos and El Eden.
Located in Romantic Zone, this boutique hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Olas Altas Street and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Malecon. Playa de los Muertos and Los Muertos Pier are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this all-inclusive resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Marina Vallarta and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Bay of Banderas. Marina Golf Club and International Convention Center are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olas Altas Street and Malecon. Los Muertos Pier and Playa de los Muertos are also within 5 minutes.
This family-friendly Puerto Vallarta resort, across the street from the Marina Vallarta resort/residential community's golf course, includes a Japanese/Thai restaurant and a big sports bar.
1. Choose the right beach for you.
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, board the raunchy Wet and Wild Gay Cruise which includes a detour at a private beach where you can strip down.
2. Avoid September.
Although P.V. is always warm, the humidity, rain and temperatures are worst during September.
3. Join gay excursions.
No need to bump Speedos with straight tourists when going on excursions: Both Diana’s Tours & Wet Wild Gay Cruise offer LGBT boat trips.
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