Puerto Vallarta

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    South of the border, Puerto Vallarta is a hotbed of lesbian and gay travel. (It's known worldwide as Mexico's gay capital!) Find your fellow sun-seekers on the white-sand beaches of Banderas Bay—frolicking in turquoise waters and enjoying the town's old-school Mexican charm.

    Where to Stay

    Puerto Vallarta's old town—aka Zona Romantica—is home to most of the gay hotels, gay resorts, and gay nightlife. You'll find chain and mainstream hotels in the Hotel Zone. Newer all-inclusive resorts are a long taxi ride north of the town.

    Map of Puerto Vallarta

    Things to Do

    • Find your spot in the sun at the south end of Los Muertos Beach at Blue Chairs Resort. As long as you're buying drinks you can lounge in the blue chairs on this unofficial gay beach.
    • Go snorkeling! Tons of charter boats offer tours. Try gay-owned Diana's Tours for their Friday snorkeling cruise which includes a stop at a secluded beach.
    • December through March, hop on a boat to see humpback whales and wild dolphins.
    • From November through April, attend Art Walk every Wednesday evening. Various galleries host cocktail receptions—and local artists are showcased.
    • Feeling adventurous? Sign up for horseback riding, zip lines, catamarans, scuba diving, and more.


    The sun, the sea, the margaritas. You can't avoid romance in this tropical destination. Although a sunset cruise wouldn't hurt either.


    There are two distinct nightlife times: Before midnight and after midnight. Before midnight, seek lively conversation and libations along gay-friendly Olas Altas Street. Afterwards, head to the nearby discos to dance the night away.

    Know Before You Go

    Once you arrive, track down the Gay Guide Vallarta. This comprehensive book is available at most gay businesses.

    For More Information

    Consult with our knowledgeable Expedia Local Expert staff in Puerto Vallarta for more lesbian and gay-friendly activities, restaurants, hotels, and clubs. Call 1-888-387-1983.