With a motto that translates into “pride of all,” you’d best believe that Pride is celebrated with your head held high. This city’s LGBT scene is a thriving one; there’s someone going on downtown on any given night. This vibrant culture is part of what makes it an American expatriate favorite, many of whom are retired, gay, and local business owners. In fact, over the past decade, the number of gay-owned businesses in this city has increased significantly, adding to its reputation as a welcoming, accepting destination with a progressive way of thinking. 

Thursdays through Saturdays are the busiest for evening entertainment, and taxis for getting to and from your hotel to the gay bars and discos on the outskirts of town are both easily available and affordable. Among those are the shows and comedy of Blue Namu Caberet; two gay saunas; Pride Disco; gay Bar Rafaris, which offers a risqué clothing-optional pool area; gay-owned Botella Verde café; five-star Yucatan-European fusion eatery Nectar; and other exemplary restaurants popular with the local LGBT community. Together, Merida gives its residence plenty to march for during its pride marches, and much to boast about

Good to Know

  • Active, lively, and out gay scene
  • Significant growth in gay-owned businesses contribute to its progressiveness
  • Notable population of American expats
  • Popular for destination weddings; ceremonies can be performed here
  • Same-sex marriage is legal throughout Mexico

Featured Resorts:

Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes Merida


The hotel features 8 meeting and banqueting rooms with capacity from 10 to 350 guests, with wireless internet access, the latest in audiovisual and video conferencing equipment for conventions, conferences, work meetings, congresses, theme parties and more. Grand Salon, with a separate foyer is divisible in 2 with sound- proof panels. It has a sound and projection cabin to monitor and operate at remote distance. El Patio, is ideal for outdoor theme parties, with a capacity of ...

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