Riviera Nayarit

One of the newest rising LGBT-friendly tourism areas, Riviera Nayarit is both close enough to the glitz of Puerto Vallarta and far away enough from its bustle to make it as much of a retreat as it is a destination. A stronger emphasis on intimate romance over social gatherings make it more laid-back and elegant than its exciting sister city, especially within the upscale, gated-community resorts in its Punta Mita. 

Couples love taking panga rides through nearby San Blas’s La Tovara mangroves, taking breaks at local fruit stands, confections, and coconut water. While there, try Billy Bob’s, a gay-owned bar set inside a 16th century building. Sayulita also provides charming diversion, with its hippie-chic personality and surfing. The openly gay PR manager for the area’s visitors bureau Richard Zarkin cites plenty of activities, saying “we offer nearly 200 miles of coast lined with luxury hotels, pristine nature, and rich and friendly Mexican culture that continues to grow in popularity.”

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Popular for destination weddings; ceremonies can be performed here
  • Same-sex marriage is legal throughout Mexico

Featured Resorts:

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta


The oceanfront Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta treats couples and couples with children to Unlimited-Luxury® with spectacular views of the Banderas Bay, the Sierra Madre Mountains, a gorgeous beach and elegant pools. Located only 30 minutes away from the historic colonial town of Puerto Vallarta, whale watching, fishing, championship golf courses, exciting shopping and nightlife are nearby.

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta


Located on the beautiful beaches of Bahia de Banderas, near Puerto Vallarta in the heart of Riviera Nayarit, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta takes everything to extremes. Incredible views of the Pacific Coast, modern amenities and attentive service all infused with the spirit of rock 'n' roll. This all-inclusive hotel features 348 stylishly chic guestrooms, four decadent restaurants, four bars, cozy cool lounge areas, the world famous Rock Spa", two refreshing swimming pools an ...

Occidental Nuevo Vallarta


Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is an upscale resort located in Nuevo Vallarta, an important part of the Riviera Nayarit destination, at Bandera's Bay, with some of the most beautiful and large stretches of golden beach on the Pacific Coast. Surrounded by calm water and lush vegetation, the resort is the perfect setting of colorful days and fun. Enjoy relaxing and romantic sunsets. One block from the Paradise Mall.  

Additional Resorts:

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

One of the Leading Hotels of the World, 267 One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites, all featuring private terraces and spectacular views. Guests enjoy full services and amenities of a world-class resort in any of the spacious 1,000 plus square foot suites. Each suite is splendidly furnished in teak woods imported from Bali and decorated in elegant contemporary style with light neutral tones and tropical- influenced color accents. Grand Velas not only answers the increasing demand ...

Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa

The Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is located in a beachfront paradisiacal haven surrounded by lush tropical local vegetation and 300 meters of fine white sand bathed by the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean overlooking Banderas Bay. It boasts an exquisite Mexican decor and is ideal for getting away from all worries and relaxing after spending your day on the Bahia de Banderas or playing golf at any of the internationally known courses in the area. The area's ...

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Nestled in a captivating setting on one of the world's most alluring beaches, the resort promises to offer an experience that transcends ordinary travel, immersing guests in unsurpassed luxury. The resort features discerning service, 120 exquisite accommodations, thoughtful amenities, and spectacular grounds. It will energize, rejuvenate and refresh the mind, body and spirit with two golf courses, tennis courts, three infinity pools, a Spa, and superior international cuisine ...

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