Puerto Vallarta: The Ultimate Gay+ Haven in Mexico

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Looking for a Mexican oceanside village that embraces Gay+ travelers for a rejuvenating getaway? Look no further than Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

With over 500,000 gay+ tourists annually, Puerto Vallarta has earned the moniker of the “San Francisco” of Mexico, ranking among the world’s top 10 LGBT+ destinations. In the charming Old Town, nestled within the “Zona Romantico,” you’ll discover a vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Its narrow cobblestone streets lead to numerous gay bars and clubs, a renowned gay beach, and LGBTQ+ friendly accommodations.

Zona Romantica is a bustling gay+ hub featuring dance clubs, saunas, cabarets, and a thriving gay culture scene. The area’s first gay club, Paco Paco (now known as Paco’s Ranch), was founded in the early 90s by Paco Ruiz, marking the beginning of a journey towards tolerance and acceptance (read more here).

Five Gay Bars History

Puerto Vallarta welcomes its LGBTQ+ visitors with open arms, particularly from mid-November to late April, offering pleasant weather and a lively atmosphere. Gay tours, such as the PV Bar Hopping Tour by Tim Wilson, provide a fantastic opportunity to explore the local bar scene and connect with fellow travelers.

In recent years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has collaborated with organizations like the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association to promote the city to the LGBTQ+ market. Additionally, Puerto Vallarta proudly hosts the Vallarta Pride festival in late May, featuring various events like anti-homophobia marches, Pride rallies, concerts, and drag shows.

Vallarta Pride Parade 2023

Recognizing its commitment to inclusivity and exceptional hospitality, GayTravel.com designated Puerto Vallarta as their first Gay Travel Approved® city in Mexico. Zona Romantica was also honored as the 2016 Gay Travel Awards Gayborhood of the Year, a testament to the destination’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Puerto Vallarta’s charm lies not only in its stunning landscapes but also in its warm embrace of diversity, making it a cherished haven for LGBTQ+ travelers worldwide.

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