Puerto Vallarta: Gay fun in the sun in Mexico’s premiere queer vacation destination

Your go-to gay guide for getting around and gaying out in Puerto Vallarta.

Life + Leisure Travel and Getaways Brian Webb

This article was published on June 17th, 2018

Puerto Vallarta is swiftly becoming one of thego-to places for gays on the go looking for a one stop shop of a holiday experience. The warm weather, friendly and tolerant atmosphere, stunning beaches, insane topography, and plenty of fun in the sun make Puerto Vallarta a hot bed of homo activity in recent years. Here is your go-to gay guide for getting around and gaying out in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Get wet and have fun in Puerto Vallarta aboard Wet and Wild Cruises PV

Beach Clubs

Puerto Vallarta is known for its numerous beach clubs. Blue Chairs is the place that everyone thinks to go when visiting PV. Yes, it is a classic, but if you only go there, you’re missing out. Sapphire Beach Club is the most loyal gay beach club and big supporter of the local gay community. They have a great location, and offer fantastic light-bites and cocktails throughout the day.

Puerto Vallarta: Gay fun in the sun in Mexico’s premiere queer vacation destination

Mantamar Beach Club and Grill is the newest, largest, and hottest gay beach club in PV. Home to Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party PV, Mantamar Beach club also has a fantastic beach infinity pool, all-day grill, and cocktail service.At night, head to The Tops Skybar for cocktails and to watch the incredible sunset.

Puerto Vallarta: Gay fun in the sun in Mexico’s premiere queer vacation destination

Traveler’s tip: Avoid Green Chairs. This establishment is only in it for the pink dollar. They do not care about the LGBT community or support any local LGBT programs or organizations. They are typically an overflow for Blue Chairs, but you should really just get your group to relocate to Sapphire Beach Club or to Mantamar Beach Club and Grill. HomoCulture does recommend that you spend your hard-earned cash at this resort.

Boat Cruises

PV is also known for its amazing water sports opportunities. No, not that kind, you dirty bird. Puerto Vallarta has stunning beaches and ample opportunities to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Snorkeling, wind surfing, scuba diving, surfing, jet skiing, and more are all at your doorstop in Mexico’s premiere queer vacay spot. For a fun daytime adventure, Wet and Wild Cruises is a 7 hour, all-inclusive gay cruise that takes you snorkeling, bird and animal watching, to a private clothing-optional beach, and keeps you boozed up all day.

Get wet and have fun in Puerto Vallarta aboard Wet and Wild Cruises PV


When it comes to dining, Puerto Vallarta has numerous options for the gay on holiday.

El Arrayan—named after the El Arrayan tree, which the owners planted in the center restaurant courtyard when they first opened—just celebrated their 15thanniversary! They serve up incredible, real Mexican fare prepared by authentic chefs from across Mexico. It’s a lesbian owned establishment that prides themselves on quality, freshness, and authenticity. This is a jewel in PV!

The staff of El Arrayan in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Azafran, another great restaurant spot, is located on Olas Altas, is just two blocks off the ocean in the heart of the gay district. Azafran is a beautiful street side restaurant best known for authentic Mexican dishes and local ingredients. It’s casual, upscale atmosphere is perfect for a special night out during your vacation to PV. You can taste the quality and house-made care that goes into each dish.

Azafran in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Sapphire Beach Club is also a fabulous eatery. Tapas and light bites are the way to go for a day at the beach, and Sapphire Beach Club is serving up margaritas, crevasses, salads, and sandwiches to fuel your day on the strand while soaking in the sun. The large deck gives you the perfect view of the pier, people watching, and having casual conversation with friends.

Azafran in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Puerto Vallarta’s gay nightlife can’t be beat. If you really want a good sampling of what PV has to offer, try the Vallarta Gay Bar Hopping Tour. When you’re in a new city, especially Puerto Vallarta, where there’s the highest ratio of gay bars in a concentrated area in Mexico, having a guide direct you to the various places is the way to go! Vallarta Gay Bar Hopping Tour will get you into each bar through express entry without waiting in line. You’ll receive a complimentary cocktail, and get the inside secrets about each location.

Each tour is unique and it’s a great way to meet new friends while on vacation. If you want to know where to buy poppers, see the strippers, and where to find the twinks, drag queens, or daddies, the professional guides at Vallarta Gay Bar Hopping Tour have heard it all and will be happy to answer all your questions. This tour is really fun and a must-do on your first night in PV to get the lay of the land.


Searching for a gay friendly place to stay while in Puerto Vallarta? If you’re looking for the perfect accommodation while in Puerto Vallarta, make your choice to stay at the SunRise Suite PV. Right in the heart of the gayborhood, SunRise Suite PV offers luxury accommodation at a third of the price.

Stay in style in Puerto Vallarta at SunRise Suite PV

More ideas

PV has become a go-to destination for gays looking for a one stop shop vacation. Puerto Vallarta really does have it all. To plan your next trip to the gayest place in Mexico, go to VisitPuertoVallarta.com

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