Puerto Vallarta Gay Travel
wolfyy’s Puerto Vallarta gay guide to the best gay hotels, resorts, beaches, gay bars, clubs & things to do.
The Gay Travel Experience: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Without a doubt, Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s most popular gay travel destination. Dozens of gay hotels, fun gay beach clubs and energetic gay bars have kept the LGBT community coming back for decades, especially in winter.
Another reason why Puerto Vallarta is so popular is the city’s high density of gay resorts, hotels, bars and beaches. The local gay scene is super concentrated, making the city a convenient destination for groups of gay travelers.
Even with all the English-speaking tourists though, Puerto Vallarta maintains an authentic Mexican charm you’ll love.
Is Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly?
Yes, Puerto Vallarta is absolutely gay-friendly! I’d even say it’s the most gay friendly city in Mexico. You’ll see gay flags everywhere as you walk the cobblestone streets.
Puerto Vallarta Gay Hotels, Resorts & Where to Stay
I definitely recommend Zona Romántica, especially for its convenience. Hotels here are close to the gay beach and a short walk to most gay bars, clubs and restaurants.
Gay Resorts in Puerto Vallarta
Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea is the other iconic oceanfront gay resort in Puerto Vallarta. Everyone loves their easily accessible beach bar that wraps around from the beach side to the street.
Gay Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
Casa Cupula Boutique Gay Hotel is a highly-rated 19-room hotel in the Amapas neighborhood. The hotel is perched above the seaside, offering incredible views. Amenities include a pool club, spa, fitness center and complimentary rides down to the local beach area.
Piñata PV is a popular Puerto Vallarta gay hotel in known for their rainbow-striped swimming pool. The property is highly rated for being fun, clean, modern and located in the center of the gay area. They also have a popular clothing-optional hot tub!
One of the most affordable gay hotels in Zona Romántica is Hotel Mercurio. Their location is unbeatable and their staff is incredibly friendly. Plus, you grab some food and drinks around their pool area.
Luxury Villa Rentals
Does a secluded, natural retreat sound like a better option? Luxurious villa rentals in Puerto Vallarta are hugely popular with travelers who prefer to be away from the denser areas of town.
You can find some truly stunning Amapas – Conchas Chinas villa rentals on VRBO. You’ll be able to get a ton of space, private pools and phenomenal views.
Jet’s Gay Hostel
If you’re finding Zona Romántica accommodations to be a bit expensive or already booked, hotels in the neighboring Centro neighborhood are a good alternative.
Puerto Vallarta Gay Travel Experiences
Get yourself oriented with the most vibrant part of Puerto Vallarta by walking the streets of Zona Romántica and Centro. Los Arcos is a fun spot to walk through after sunset to see street performers.
Before you relax at the beach clubs and bars, here are two quick local sightseeing experiences. First, stop by Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The structure is particularly pretty while lit up at night.
The Puerto Vallarta Gay Beach
It will be obvious when you arrive, with everyone in their sexy swimsuits socializing and splashing around in the waves.
Lounge at Mantamar Beach Club
Mantamar Beach Club & Bar is a staple of the Puerto Vallarta gay travel experience. Everyone spends at least one afternoon lounging by the iconic glass-walled pool or visiting for evening cocktails. The vibe at Mantamar is very relaxed, but there’s definitely a fun energy with background lounge/house music playing all day.
It’s best to make reservations for Mantamar to secure a specific number of chairs, or stylishly lounge in a cabana. If you would rather not commit ahead of time, just drop by day-of. Put in your name and then chill on the beach until space is available.
Local Beaches: Playa Amapas & Conchas Chinas
There are plentiful options offering seaside serenity away from bustling Playa de Los Muertos. If you’re comfortable climbing some steep pathways, continue walking south.
First, you’ll stumble upon the picturesque Playa Amapas. Waves crash over rock outcrops along the shore, leaving lovely little channels of flowing water.
Even farther south, you’ll reach the dreamy Playa Conchas Chinas. You probably won’t find a tourist in sight at this beach. There’s plenty of open sand to claim.
Gay Gyms & Spas
The Fit Club is the most well-known local gym in Zona Romántica. It’s popular for incredibly cheap daily and weekly rates in a convenient location. While The Fit Club isn’t marketed specifically as a gay gym, you’ll find that the majority of the men there are gay.
For something more upscale that offers more of an experience, try the Casa Cupula Gym & Spa. They’re a luxury gay gym in Puerto Vallarta that offers massage treatments, spa dining and a pool.
Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available. If you’re a Casa Cupula Hotel guest though, everything is included!
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Grab Slushies at Blondies
The alcoholic slushies at Blondies Loft + Slushbar are perfect. Sit down and relax or grab them to go. In the humid heat, you’ll be glad you stopped by.
Blondies has tables along the sidewalk as well as an indoor loft space seating. Ordering to go is simple as well, since they sell drinks at a bar right on the sidewalk.
Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
Don Chava Taqueria Cantina
You absolutely have to eat at Don Chava Taqueria Cantina. I had some of the best tacos al pastor here. The food was so good I came back twice!
They’re super inexpensive, have friendly service and they’re centrally located. Don Chava’s sidewalk seating is great for people watching, too.
Mariscos el Guero: Seafood Tacos
Mariscos el Guero is a superb alternative to traditional tacos, serving delicious seafood tacos and other traditional Mexican entrées. Super cheap (about $1 USD per taco) and undiscovered by tourists, Mariscos el Guero is definitely a restaurant worth trying. Note they’re closed on Wednesdays.
Apaches Martini Bar
Fredy’s Tucan Restaurant
Fredy’s Tucan is an amazingly delicious LGBT-friendly restaurant in Zona Romántica. They serve breakfast and lunch, offering authentic Mexican food and traditional items like pancakes and egg dishes.
Puerto Vallarta Gay Bars & Clubs
There are so many gay bars in Puerto Vallarta that finding which suits you best can be difficult. Having tried almost all of them while spending nearly two weeks in Puerto Vallarta, so I’ll gladly help you decide.
You can party any day of the week at Mr. Flamingo, the most popular Puerto Vallarta gay bar. Perfect music selections, an open-air feel and space for dancing always attracts a crowd. They have one of the earliest happy hours in Puerto Vallarta, usually starting at 2:00 PM!
My favorite part about CC Slaughters is dancing in the thick clouds of the fog machine. CC’s is quite a popular bar with more of an intense ambiance in a dimly-lit bar. The venue is medium sized, so it doesn’t take too massive of a crowd to feel full.
While CC’s is not the most prominent gay club in town, I certainly wouldn’t skip it!
The only gay bar in Puerto Vallarta that’s open until 6:00AM, Paco’s Ranch is definitely a crowd favorite.
No matter what type of traveler or partier you are, Paco’s is welcoming and is sure to entertain. There’s a pretty steady crowd throughout the evening, but the bar really fills up when all the neighboring establishments close for the night.
Industry Gay Nightclub
Industry is definitely the best place to go if you like house/electronic music. This is one of Puerto Vallarta’s bigger gay clubs. Expect pulsating beats in a warehouse-style space with high ceilings.
Colorful laser lights, a dark interior and a fantastic bar attracts lots of guys, especially those who love a good circuit party.
Industry tends to be much busier on weekends, but you’ll still find dancing on weeknights. It just won’t be jam-packed Cover charge for entry is 60 Pesos at the door.
CO-DE Gay Club
CO-DE is the biggest gay club in Puerto Vallarta and is my personal favorite. The multilevel balcony-style venue is remarkable. I don’t often get the “travel chills”, but this awesome nightclub experience (with my newly-made local friend Luis), really impressed me.
The crowd at Divas Bar is quite diverse, so you’ll find more than just gay men. The LGBT crowd along with some allies attend for a night of dinner, drinks and shows.
La Noche Gay Stripper Bar
During the week they have some of the most popular drag shows in town. Entry cover fee is 60 Pesos.
Expect a relaxed, casual vibe at La Chachalaca, a perfect happy hour spot. It’s great to visit after the beach, before dinner. The bar is less than a five-minute walk from the central part of Playa de Los Muertos. They have open-air seating overlooking a quaint garden area on a street near the beachfront.
You can’t miss La Chachalaca with their gay pride flags lining the bar’s facade. They offer cheap happy hour specials, too. I recommend this gay bar for groups since there’s a lot of space and seating.
La Cantina Margarita
Directly adjacent to Mr. Flamingo’s, La Cantina Margarita is calmer option. It’s a small gay bar with seating and some of the friendliest bartenders in Puerto Vallarta. I ended up laughing and talking with the bartenders after ordering a drink.
Margarita bar is also a good meeting point if you’re traveling with a group of friends. Since its more subdued and you can sit down with a drink while waiting for your crew.
More Gay Bars in Puerto Vallarta
The bars described above are the mainstays of gay nightlife in Puerto Vallarta, but that is certainly not all of them. Here are a few other places you may be interested in.
Wet Dreams is a subdued gay bar where you can watch gorgeous go-go dancers while perched on a bar stool. They don’t accept credit cards and require that you spend a minimum of $10 USD. It never seemed too crowded whenever I passed the bar.
Antropology Gay Dance Club is exclusively a nude male strip club. and the go-to spot to drool over male dancers. This place gets mixed reviews, which is typical for any given stripping establishment.
Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips
Dinnertime in Mexico is similar what Americans are used to. Restaurants fill up starting around 6:00 PM and most do not stay open past 9:00 PM. If you tend to eat late like I do (or even later like Spaniards in Barcelona), don’t let yourself miss dinner!
Grab Some Gay Swimwear
Haven’t had a chance to buy new gay swimwear before your trip? There are a few spots LGBT travelers can find some fun swimsuits and beach accessories.
Platinum Boutique Man is adjacent to the Blue Chairs Resort beach bar. They’re oriented toward the LGBT community and also carry towels if you forgot one.
Alternatively, you can shop at Liquid Men, a small boutique in the center of Zona Romántica. They have a wide range of clothing types.
When is Puerto Vallarta Busiest?
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Local Gay Events
Gay events in Puerto Vallarta happen all times of year. Gay Guide Vallarta’s Event Calendar lists local activities for the LGBT community. See what’s going on while you’re visiting.