Puerto Vallarta, the First Gay Travel Approved City in Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is one of the hottest gay destinations and has become very popular over the last years. There are plenty of bars, clubs, shops, beaches, hostels and hotels that are gay friendly and many events happening throughout the year. 

In 2017 Puerto Vallarta became The First Gay Travel Approved City in Mexico. Meaning the city is recognized for the spirit of inclusiveness as well as constant innovations to improve attractive amenities for the LGBTQ community.

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1.   The Annual Puerto Vallarta Pride

During May Puerto Vallarta hosts one of the most important Pride events in Latin America, the annual Puerto Vallarta Pride. This one week-long festival features some of the best drag-shows, pool parties and foam parties. The highlight of the week is the big parade on Saturday evening. Usually around 30,000 people join this event!   

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2.   Several Events & Experiences for the LGBTQ Community

BeefDip Mexico Bear Festival in January

The biggest Bear Festival outside of the United States and is very popular! One week of too much fun!

Puerto Vallarta Carnival in March

Well known for its dramatic outfits, dancers and performers all around.

White Party Thanksgiving Circuit Event in November

While Winter is arriving in the US, Puerto Vallarta has four days of sun, beach, fun and original Thanksgiving celebrations!

Gay New Years Eve in December

On NYE Puerto Vallarta throws a crazy big party. The presence of LGBTQ Community is strong, although the whole town is very welcome to join.

3.   Laws

Mexico has rather progressive LGBTQ laws. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1871 during the French occupation. Around 2003 Mexico started introducing some anti-discrimination laws, and now it’s finally heading to full gay marriage equality. Since April 2016 gay marriage is legal in the state of Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is located). Now Puerto Vallarta is a very popular gay wedding destination! Click here to see what legal requirements you need in order to get married in PV!

4.   Zona Romántica

La Zona Romántica is Puerto Vallarta’s main gay area and also the old town. This part of the town is most popular for tourists, travelers and expats. On Playa de los Muertos you can find gay hotels, beach clubs and several pool parties. Most gay bars and clubs are also located in the Zona Romántica.

In a few words let’s say Puerto Vallarta always stands for acceptance, tolerance and absolute awesomeness!

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