When it comes to Mexico, it doesn’t get much more queer-friendly than Puerto Vallarta—a gay resort town that doesn’t skimp on tolerance or tequila.

Found on Mexico's Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a gorgeous city, with unbelievable natural beauty, and hosts some of the best LGBTQ+ destinations in the area. Puerto Vallarta is one of the country’s most popular gay tourist destinations, so you will have plenty of friends to make while in town.

As you wander through the cobblestone streets of the Zona Romántica, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ+ beating heart, you'll find yourself enveloped in a charming embrace that feels like a warm hug from an old friend. This area is the epicenter of culture in the city, buzzing with lively Puerto Vallarta gay bars, quaint queer cafes, and a few dance clubs that invite you to party the night away under a canopy of stars.

With perfect weather, the beach is unsurprisingly the main attraction. Check out the Blue Chairs Resort—which is a stable spot in the gay area, and if you hang out late enough, they host an awesome drag show at its rooftop bar. Other queer nightlife spots are close together in the quaint Zona Romántica. Just don’t get there too early—not much happens before midnight and the party really doesn’t peak until 1 - 2 am or so.

By day, take a boat ride to the Marieta Islands to see a whole wide world of marine life, like whales, sea turtles, manta rays, wild dolphins, and thousands of beautiful tropical fish. Try Aquaventuras ParkLos Muertos Beach, or take a stroll along the iconic Malecón, which are all hot spots to check out while in PV. Malecón is a seaside promenade adorned with contemporary sculptures and bustling with street performers, offering panoramic views of the azure waters and golden sunsets that seem to set the ocean ablaze.

For those seeking a more serene escape, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens offer a lush oasis of native plants and exotic flowers. It's a place where nature's artistry is on full display, inviting you to lose yourself in its tranquil beauty and relax.

Adventure seekers will find their adrenaline fix in the emerald embrace of the Sierra Madre mountains. Zip-lining through the canopy, you'll feel as free as the birds that glide beside you, with the wind as your companion and the jungle as your playground. Or, explore the hidden beaches of the Bay of Banderas, where the crystal-clear waters invite you to snorkel among vibrant coral reefs and playful marine life. Sign up for an off-roading ATV excursion through small coastal villages. Or spend a day kayaking around some of the pristine beaches and coves in Puerto Vallarta. For an adventure further offshore, go whale watching or snorkeling with sea lions at Los Arcos National Marine Park.

Puerto Vallarta is also a culinary paradise, where the flavors of Mexico dance on your tongue like a fiesta. From delicious street tacos filled with the freshest seafood to gourmet restaurants that blend traditional recipes with modern twists, every meal is a journey through the rich tapestry of Mexican cuisine. If you love ceviche, you must try it here, the seafood is fresh and amazing!

It doesn't matter if you are into the blue water or bright lights of nightclubs, either way, Puerto Vallarta is a spot to strike the perfect blend of revelry and relaxation whether it's for two nights or ten.

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