Puerto Vallarta

One of the most popular gay-friendly destinations in the entire world, the host of the first International Gay and Lesbian Expo is also a leader in the country when it comes to American expatriates, gay English speakers, LGBT-geared entertainment…and unbridled fun. Winter high season unleashes a slew of community-specialized activities, from bingo to horseback riding and cruises to nightly drag shows. Annual festivals are dispersed throughout the calendar year, and the Romantic Zone—also known as Old Town and Playa del Sol—is always lively in its LGBT-owned and –friendly businesses, attracting even national travelers from Mexico City and Guadalajara.

As commendable as all of the above is, it’s not the sole reason Puerto Vallarta counts as a global destination. An average of 3.7 million visitors choose to spend their precious vacation time on this golden coast, marked by world-class beach resorts on Banderas Bay and white-washed adobe houses on streets bursting with bougainvillea. A seaside promenade leads toward trendy Riviera Nayarit, the Hotel Zone, and marina for views that prove that romance is not only isolated to one eponymous zone.

Good to Know

  • Active, lively, and out gay scene, centered around the Romantic Zone
  • Entertainment includes three dance clubs, over 20 bars, two saunas, three boat tours, a gay bar-hopping tour, and more
  • Standout LGBT nightlife venues include Garbo’s Piano Bar, Hot Frida’s, Paco’s Ranch, and Club Mañana, voted best dance club in Puerto Vallarta in the Virtual Vallarta Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Nearby Yelepa village provides a gay-friendly day trip option
  • Popular for destination weddings; ceremonies can be performed here
  • Same-sex marriage is legal throughout Mexico

Featured Resorts:

Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

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Located in the heart of beautiful Banderas Bay on a long stretch of golden sand beach, sits the oceanfront Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. With the stunning Sierra Madre Mountains in the background, and only 10 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and the world famous Malecon in Old Town Vallarta, Sunscape Puerto Vallarta has an ideal location in the Hotel Zone where guests will find an array of activities, shopping, nightlife and fine cuisine jus ...

Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

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Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is elegantly appointed just a few steps away from the famous boardwalk "El Malecon" and its vibrant ambiance full of art galleries, shopping area and amazing night life. All luxurious accommodations are equipped with ultimate gadgets and sophisticated decoration. Some swim-out suites have direct access to the pool, overlooking Pacific Blue waters and relaxing beach. All guest suites have 24-hour room service, sec ...

Casamagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

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The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay. This Puerto Vallarta resort features guestrooms with luxurious bedding, contemporary bathrooms, decor with Mexican-inspired colors and patterns, four world-class restaurants, and exquisite updates to the banquet facilities and business meeting rooms. The CasaMagna Resort in Puerto Vallarta features Ohtli Spa, the most spacious and luxurious full service reso ...

Additional Resorts:

Casa Velas Hotel Boutique
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Immersed within the rolling greens of the Marina Vallarta golf course in Puerto Vallarta, this luxurious boutique hotel is well known for its secluded location and sense of intimacy. Discerning visitors can expect the ultimate in service standards while delighting in the welcoming atmosphere and discovering a new definition of pampering.

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
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Now Amber Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is ideally located just a few steps away from the famous boardwalk "El Malecon" and its vibrant ambiance full of art galleries, shopping area and amazing night life. All luxurious accommodations are equipped with ultimate gadgets and sophisticated decoration. Some swim-out suites with direct access to the pool. All suite accommodations overlooking Pacific Blue waters and relaxing beach. All guest rooms have 24-hour room ser ...

Hotel Mousai
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Hotel Mousai sets the pace for a new generation of designer hotels with its dazzling personality, where fresh flirtatious aesthetics and cutting-edge comfort inspire and rouse guests to live both sensationally and inspirationally. Guests from 16 years old to the young at heart enjoy the chance to indulge in an eclectic yet precise fusion of imagination, contemporary design and unforgettable experiences. On top of which, when you stay at Hotel Mousai, you gain unlimited access ...

Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta
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Set on 21 acres of palm trees, the resort combines the ambiance of colonial Mexico with some of the most sophisticated services and amenities. Oceanview rooms, a private beach, a spa, four palm tree studded pools, and Mexican hospitality are awaiting your arrival.

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