Located on the same latitudes as Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta is one of the western hemisphere’s most popular destinations for LGBT tourists.
The white sands and turquoise ocean of Puerto Vallarta came under the international spotlight in the 1960s, after it became known American actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love in the Mexican coastal town.
Because Puerto Vallarta is on the west coast of Mexico, the beaches and hotels give travelers a vantage point for some of the most stunning and romantic sunsets in the world. Watching sunsets in PV (as it’s affectionately known) is the perfect way to spend a brief intermission between the day spent sunning and an evening spent partying.
With over 20 LGBT nightlife venues to enjoy, ranging from local watering holes to bumping super-clubs, Puerto Vallarta continues to be a favorite hot spot for gays, lesbians and friends.
The party never stops in PV, even as the rest of the world bids farewell to the summer parties, but if circuit parties aren’t your scene, the local beaches, attractions and gastronomy are more than enough to keep you occupied for days on end.
Tim Wilson, owner of GAYPV magazine told Gay Star Travel why he thinks Puerto Vallarta is North America’s top gay beach destination: ‘PV offers the LGBT traveler everything in one place… from dozens of gay-owned bars and clubs to activities in the mountains, beaches and even jungle settings.
‘Add an amazing gay beach with 300 warm, sunny days a year, and you can see why no other destination in North America has this much to offer the LGBT traveler. To top it off, it’s affordable!’
Following are three main reasons you should take advantage of Puerto Vallarta’s temperate climate and smoking-hot surroundings.
While the most of the US tucks into their Thanksgiving dinners, head south for PV’s five-day music and culture festival from 27 November to 1 December.
Headlined by world-renowned DJ Manny Lehman, the Puerto Vallarta 2013 Festival brings the global LGBT community together for themed pool parties days of fun in the sun.
The week’s schedule is as follows:
27 November – Sunset Party @ Blue Chairs Rooftop 6pm
27 November – Welcome Party @ Paco’s Ranch 10pm
28 November – Thanksgiving Party @ Enter Nightclub 10pm
29 November – Almar Beach Club with DJ Manny Lehman 9pm
30 November – SPLASH PARTY @ Blue Chairs Rooftop 4pm
30 November – the legendary WHITE PARTY @ OSCAR’s Rio Cuale 9pm
1 December – ADIOS PVR! Party @ CC Slaughters 10pm
Visit the festival website for to purchase tickets or for more information.
Chic and stylish – Surrounded by coconut, mango and papaya mangroves
Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Cupula is one of the city’s top gay resorts. The hotel has three pools with full room service, a Pump gym free for guests and is offering a deal this autumn where you book seven nights for the price of five between 24 november to 3 december.
The iconic ocean-front Blue Chairs Hotel is known for its signature blue canvas lounge chairs that mark the gay section of the beach front. The popular beach-side resort located in the gay-borhood ‘Zona Rosa’ just a stone’s throw away from the entertainment of downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Best for value – Puerto Vallarta’s affordable three-star Hotel Mercurio offers a buffet breakfast served next to the pool and high speed internet access.
The best in luxury for 2014 – Puerto Vallarta’s newest luxury Alma Resort Spa and Beach Club will be opening in 2014 next door to the gay beach – the stunning luxury hotel includes a fully-stocked gym with a panoramic view of Banderas Bay.
Brand new resorts by Pinnacle, new luxury condo suite rentals in the Romantic Zone are also accepting bookings for 2014.
Mix and mingle with the beauties in blue chairs at Los Muertos gay beach. On the sand you’ll meet venders selling anything from ice cream to jewelry.
Leave with ‘the dust of Mexico on your feet and the love of Mexico in your heart’ after visiting the Vallarta botanical gardens. The center is dedicated to the preservation of the plants indigenous to the tropical part of Mexico.
Showcasing the best in contemporary and folk art from 30 October 2013 to 28 May 2014, the Puerto Vallarta ArtWalk offers up everything from paintings, sculptures and ceramics from over 18 local galleries.
Now in its 19th year, Puerto Vallarta’s International Gourmet Festival is one of the most important gastronomic festivals in Mexico. You won’t even think of Thanksgiving during the 10 days of the festival where world-renowned and cutting-edge chefs concoct traditional Mexican dishes with a modern flair, also offering wine pairings and cooking demonstrations.