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Vallarta Pride has been named THE pride festival to attend by the annual “Gay Travel Awards”, sponsored by the blog GayTravel.com. Visitors to the blog voted for their “favorite” in each category.
The annual seven-day pride festival, organized by the local LGBT business association ACT LGBT A.C., is held in May each year. In 2017 New York City was named the top pride festival, and in 2016 Madrid, Spain, won top pride festival honors. The only other time Puerto Vallarta has made the gay travel awards list was in 2017 when Zona Romantica made the top gayborhood. Zona Romantica is Puerto Vallarta’s gay district – filled with dance clubs, more than 20 gay and friendly bars, saunas, gay boat tours, cabarets, a gay beach, a gay bar hopping tour, and a thriving arts and culture scene.
Puerto Vallarta is renowned as the premier LGBT vacation destination in Mexico. The country’s first IGLTA member, since 2014, it was also honored as the first city in Mexico to be granted Gay Travel Approved status by GayTravel.com. GayCities.com users named Puerto Vallarta their “Fun in the Sun Destination” in the site’s 2018 and 2016 “Best of Gay Cities” poll. Puerto Vallarta was also named an International LGBTQ Destination at tourism industry awards Travvy Awards 2017 and listed as a top beach destination by Passport magazine in April 2017.
The mission of the Gay Travel Awards is to recognize and promote select destinations and travel-related companies around the globe. These distinguished organizations lead by example and help to inspire and challenge other companies and brands to follow their spirit of inclusiveness as well as to constantly improve their amenities and service levels.
Here is a list of all of the winners:
Bed & Breakfast – Mauger Estate B&B
Car Rental – Advantage Rent A Car
Casino Resort – The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Destination, Domestic – Miami, FL
Destination Honeymoon – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Destination International – Paris, France
Gay Bar – Cafe Lafitte in Exile, New Orleans
Gay Pride – Vallarta Pride
Glamping – Patagonia Camp, Chile
Hotel, Best Restaurant – The Restaurant – Meadowood, CA
Hotel, Boutique – The Orlando Hotel, West Hollywood
Hotel, City Domestic – The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hotel, City International – The St Regis Mexico City
Hotel, Beach Resort – The St. Regis Punta Mita
Hotel Luxury, Europe – Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, Italy
Hotel Luxury, Mexico – The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Hotel Luxury, US – Monarch Beach Resort, CA
Hotel, Pet-Friendly – Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
Hotel, Seasonal – AWOL, Provincetown, MA
Hotel, Spa – Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
Hotel, Value – Best Western Plus Inn Of Sedona
Hotel, Wedding – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
LGBT Event – Life Ball Vienna
LGBT Friendly Cruise – Celebrity Cruises
LGBT Tour Operator – Venture Out
Check out our photo gallery from last year’s pride festival:
Video from 2018 Vallarta Pride Festival, provided by Vallarta Pride
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