Puerto Vallarta Gays: Celebrating Community Champions and Cultural Icons at Awards Gala

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Photos by Oscar Almeida

It was an evening of Who’s Who in Gay Puerto Vallarta at the inaugural celebration of Puerto Vallarta Gays Best Of Awards 2023.

More than 160 people attended the event, which was held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Beefcakes Bar.

Attendees were greeted by Jet De La Isla, founder of the Facebook group “Puerto Vallarta Gays: Everything Gay You Need To Know”, and Chad Simpson, a moderator of the group.
Attendees were greeted by Jet De La Isla, founder of the Facebook group “Puerto Vallarta Gays: Everything Gay You Need To Know”, and Chad Simpson, a moderator of the group.

Attendees were greeted by Jet De La Isla, founder of the Facebook group “Puerto Vallarta Gays: Everything Gay You Need To Know”, and Chad Simpson, a moderator of the group.

“On behalf of the Puerto Vallarta Gays: Everything Gay You Need Or Want To Know Facebook Group, I want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to each of you for your remarkable achievements at the Puerto Vallarta Gays Best Of Awards 2023,” Jet De La Isla said. “Your talent, passion, commitment, and vision have played a pivotal role in making Puerto Vallarta one of the most vibrant and diverse gay communities in the world.”

De La Isla explained  that this first awards mixer was just a taste of what’s to come in the future. 

“I envision the ceremony becoming more elaborate, with nominees announcing winners in an annual ceremony showcasing the best of the best,” he said. “Each year will be bigger and better, creating an annual event that will be not to be missed, celebrating the very best of what Vallarta has to offer.”

Some 45 awards were handed out to winners like Hotel Mercurio, lauded as the Best Gay Hotel, and La Noche, crowned as the Best Cocktail Bar. The accolades extended to individuals as well, with Daniel Lozano Lugo earning the title of Best Influencer and Mizz Peaches reigning supreme as the Best Drag Queen.

“Thanks to your contributions, Puerto Vallarta continues to be a beacon of inclusivity and warmth, attracting millions of visitors year after year. Your dedication and hard work have not only enriched our community but have also helped shape the welcoming environment that we are known for,” De La Isla said. “To all the winners, nominees, and everyone involved, your efforts deserve recognition, thanks, and much more. You are the driving force behind our community’s growth and success, and we are immensely grateful for your continued support. Thank you once again for being an integral part of our community and for helping us create a place that we are all proud to call home.”


The winners are:

Best of Gay Awards

Best Gay Hotel
Hotel Mercurio

Best of Gay Awards


Best Cocktail Bar
La Noche

Best Gogo
Alex Zolanski

Best Stripper
Juan Pablo King @ La Noche

Best Influencer
Lalo Gil

Best of Gay Awards

Most Influential
Lalo Gil


Best Male Strip Club
Sixty Nine (69)

Best Gay Club
Pacho’s Ranch

Best of Gay Awards
Best of Gay Awards

Best Gay Boat Tour
Jets: Private Boat Tours & Naked Beach

Best of Gay Awards

Best Photographer
Oscar Almeida – Out & About


Best Gym
The Big Apple Gym

Best of Gay Awards

Best Gay Owned Restaurant
Let’s Pho

Best of Gay Awards

Queer Of The Year
Queerboy1

Best of Gay Awards


Best LGBT+ Waiter
Jorge @ Mercurio

Best Happy Hour
Blondies


Best Tacos
Poncho’s takos

Best Drag Queen
Mizz Peaches

Best of Gay Awards

Best Gay Chef
Roman Ventura

Best Gay Realtor
Ryan Donner

Best of Gay Awards

Best LGBT+ Hair Stylist
Christian Junco

Best of Gay Awards

Best SwimWear Designer 
Mercurio Swim

Trans Leader Of The Year
Gemelas De Vallarta

Best of Gay Awards

Best Activist
Paul Crist

Best of Gay Awards

Best Fashion Store
Angel’s Store

Best Fashion 
Mizz Peaches

Best of Gay Awards

Hottest Bartender
Edward Lucker – La Catrina Cantina

Best of Gay Awards

Best Pool Club
Casa Cupula

Best Bear Bar
Studs

Best Act Theater
The Palm Cabaret (Mark Rome)

Best of Gay Awards


Best Actor
Sebastian Coronel


Best Voice
Diego Guerrero

Best Drag Bar
Paco’s Ranch


Best Dance Bar
Industry (Javier)


Best Beauty Spa
Aqua For Men

Best of Gay Awards

Best OnlyFans
Jet De La Isla @jetsOnly

Best of Gay Awards

Best DJ
DJ Trevor

Best Gay Couple
Alex & Oscar – Starboys

Best LGBT+ Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shop

Best Night Club
Paco’s Ranch

Best LGBT+ Magazine
Out & About PV


Chacal Of The Year
Juan Pablo King

Best of Gay Awards

LGBT+ Art Gallery
Galeria Robles – Michael Tolleson Robles


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