Nayarit’s Pride: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Identity

Jun 20, 2023

The State of Nayarit in Mexico is a gorgeous travel location that cannot be missed, and it’s the perfect getaway for LGBTQ+ travelers. What truly sets Nayarit apart is its unwavering commitment to inclusivity, making it a leading destination for LGBTQ+ travel.

A happy gay man standing in a plaza in Jala, Mexico.

The region of Nayarit offers everything LGBTQ+ travelers are looking for. Luxurious and photogenic hotels are a must! Gorgeous beaches and outdoor nature are perfect for outdoorsy types looking for a new adventure. 

A colorful water and light show displays the Vidanta logo.

Of course, no gay getaway would be complete without a vibrant nightlife full of high-end dining experiences, and fabulous cocktails. Nayarit effortlessly exceeds expectations in all these areas and more, making it a place tailor-made for LGBTQ+ travelers.

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Cultural Richness of Magic Towns

Nayarit proudly holds four of Mexico’s renowned Pueblos Magicos, or “Magic Towns.” These are towns that earn the special title of Magic Towns and are cherished for their rich history, vibrant culture, and deep-rooted traditions. These towns will fully immerse you in the town’s history, culture, and traditions. They are often hotspots for LGBTQ+ events as well, and you can read more about them Here.

A group of gay men in front of a Sayulita sign.

Thrilling Adventures Await at Ceborubo Volcano

For adventure seekers, a visit to the Ceborubo Volcano is a must. It powers over the enchanting town of Jala, this active volcano offers mesmerizing views and plumes of smoke. 

A cow grazes in the crater of the Ceboruco volcano near Jala, Mexico.

Capture stunning selfies on the volcano’s rim, enjoy a picnic in the area, or embark on a hike to soak in the breathtaking valley views. If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, consider paragliding for an extra thrill. 

Smoke rising through a crack in the crust of the Ceboruco volcano near Jala, Mexico.

And don’t forget to try the famous Jala maize plume of smoke—it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

Unforgettable Experiences in Nayarit

San Francisco

San Francisco, lovingly known as San Pancho, is a town that breathes history. Discover its stories through vibrant acrylic paintings and diverse and unique personalities painted on the walls near the beach. 

Waves crash on the beach in San Francisco, Mexico.

As the cultural capital of Nayarit, San Francisco has become a hub for promoting culture and education. Relax on the beautiful public beach, explore the outdoor market and its vendors, admire the captivating murals and artwork, and soak up the lively atmosphere of the public square.

Colorful pendants hang over the street in San Francisco, Mexico.

St. Regis Punta Mita

At St. Regis Punta Mita, guests are treated to a truly enchanting Champagne ritual that epitomizes luxury and celebration. This exquisite tradition begins with the sound of a silver bell, signaling the start of the ritual. A graceful butler arrives, presenting a bottle of chilled champagne with meticulous precision. 

Man in a blue onesie drinks a glass of Champagne overlooking the St Regis Resort in Nayarit, Mexico.

With utmost care and attention to detail, the butler pops open the bottle, allowing the bubbles to dance and sparkle. As the champagne flows into the crystal flutes, guests are enveloped in an ambiance of elegance and indulgence. Each sip is a moment of pure bliss, accompanied by the breathtaking views of the pristine Punta Mita coastline. The Champagne ritual at St. Regis Punta Mita is a testament to the hotel’s commitment to creating extraordinary experiences and leaving guests with cherished memories of their stay.

A water fountain and palm trees at the the St Regis Resort in Nayarit, Mexico.

LGBTQ+ travelers are welcomed with open arms at St. Regis Punta Mita, and they have the perfect promo for Pride Month. Indulge in their Unparalleled Love package, which offers an exquisite stay filled with memorable moments of connection. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of authenticity, joy, and luxury, creating lasting memories with your loved one. 

A group of friends having a sunset dinner on the beach in Nayarit, Mexico.

As a special treat, St. Regis also has the PVRXR Joy & Pride package available during Pride Month, further enhancing your stay and celebration. It further spotlights the pride and acceptance of Nayarit!

Rincon Capesino

For an unforgettable breakfast experience, make your way to Rincon Capesino. Located just minutes from Jala, this family-owned establishment brings together the local village of Copan with fresh ingredients sourced directly from the farm. 

The outdoor grill at at Rincon Campesino in Coapan, Mexico.

Indulge in an organic, Nayarit-style breakfast featuring cheese, beef, fruits, and vegetables. Complete with fruit juices, warm beverages, games, and historical artifacts, this outdoor dining experience is immensely popular with visitors. 

A woman makes homemade tortillas at Rincon Campesino, a family owned, locally sourced, outdoor restaurant in Coapan, Mexico.

Before leaving, be sure to capture a photo opportunity at the “tree that has lived through everything,” a giant tree with a ladder that’s perfect for sharing on social media.

A ladder leads up to a gigantic tree in Coapan, Mexico.

Indulge in Fabulous Dining Experiences

Nayarit is where diverse flavors and rich culinary traditions await. From upscale beachfront restaurants to charming local eateries, Nayarit offers a range of unforgettable dining experiences. 

Fresh tortilla chips and salsas.

Indulge in fresh seafood, savor traditional recipes, and delight in the artistry of acclaimed chefs. Whether it’s elegant dining, vibrant street food, or immersive cultural encounters, Nayarit’s culinary scene promises to leave a lasting impression!

Tuna Blanca

Punta de Mita dresses up in sophistication and elegance at Tuna Blanca, where renowned chef Thierry Blouet delights guests with unique flavors and a celebration of traditional cuisine found along the Mexican Pacific coast. 

Dining tables along the beach at Tuna Blana in Punta De Mita, Mexico.

Set in an elegant yet relaxed seaside atmosphere, Tuna Blanca is the go-to spot for both locals and visitors alike, offering exceptional cuisine during the day and enchanting settings with splendid sunsets in the evenings.

A group of friends enjoying an oceanside dinner at Tuna Blanca in Punta de Mita, Mexico.

Don Pedro’s

In 1992, two cousins, Damien and Nicholas, embarked on a surfing and culinary adventure that led them to the hidden gem of Sayulita. Captivated by the serene natural beauty and warm hospitality of the locals, they decided to stay and bring their dream to life. 

A hand tossed margarita pizza at Don Pedro's in Sayulita, Mexico.

Despite skeptics who doubted their vision, they persevered, and over fourteen years later, Don Pedro’s remains a beacon of culinary excellence. With its prime beachfront location and a menu that showcases the finest ingredients, Don Pedro’s has become a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike.

Beach chairs and umbrella's along the beach in the magic town of Sayulita, Mexico.

Luxury Accommodations in Nayarit

Whether you’re dreaming of a breathtaking oceanfront resort or a cozy boutique hideaway, Nayarit has the perfect place for you to call home during your stay. Prepare to be pampered with exceptional service, stunning natural surroundings, and pristine beaches that will take your breath away. 

A row of lounge chairs at a public pool at the W Hotel Punta De Mita.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a well-deserved spa retreat, Nayarit’s hotels provide an unforgettable experience. Get ready to relax, unwind, and create memories that will last a lifetime in this incredible destination.

Vidanta Resort

Vidanta Resort is a stunning retreat set right on the beaches of Nuevo Nayarit, Mexico. With beaches on one side, and lush greenery on the other, this luxury resort will leave you feeling relaxed, pampered, and refreshed. There’s a wide variety of culinary options to choose from, with plenty of drinks to go around!

A deep soaker bathtub in a guest bedroom at Vidanta Resort in Nayarit, Mexico.

You can read more about it Here!

W Hotel Punta de Mita

Experience the ultimate beachfront retreat at W Punta de Mita, where modern sophistication meets the stunning beauty of the Mexican Riviera. This luxurious hotel in the exclusive Punta de Mita area offers a haven for relaxation, adventure, and top-notch service. Immerse yourself in a contemporary design inspired by local culture, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, pristine beaches, and awe-inspiring ocean views. LGBTQ+ travelers will feel more than welcome, as the hotel is committed to inclusivity and safety.

The new jungle rooms at the W Hotel Punta de Mita.

You can read more about this resort Here!

Hotel Nukari

Escape to the luxurious oasis of Hotel Nukari in Nayarit, Mexico. This five-star hotel offers a haven of relaxation and indulgence for discerning travelers. With elegantly designed rooms, exceptional amenities including a spa and fitness center, and delightful dining options, Hotel Nukari guarantees an enchanting stay. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a luxury adventure, this exquisite hotel is the perfect accommodation for your visit. 

The inner courtyard of the Hotel Nukari lit up at night.

Read more about this hotel Here!

Nayarit: A Warm Welcome for the LGBTQ+ Community

In Nayarit, inclusivity is not just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. The state has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights, recognizing same-sex marriage and fostering a culture that celebrates diversity and embraces all love stories. 

Furthermore, Nayarit takes pride in its indigenous heritage, incorporating unique Huichol ceremonies that unite souls and create a sense of harmony. Hotels such as W Hotel Punta de Mita and Vidanta have strong policies that advocate for the inclusion and respect of LGBTQ+ guests and ensure their safety and comfort. 

A colorful mural painted on a wall in a covered plaza in San Francisco, Mexico.

Nayarit, Mexico warmly embraces the LGBTQ+ community with a range of experiences across its cities, beach towns, and villages. Recognized for their inclusive atmosphere, Nayarit’s Riviera beaches were named the top Beach Destination at the LGBT+ Travel Awards Mexico in 2022. 

A view of the beach and ocean from the W Hotel Punta De Mita.

From luxurious resorts in Nuevo Nayarit to bohemian towns like Sayulita, upscale attractions in Punta Mita, and the untamed beauty of San Blas, Nayarit offers diverse experiences for LGBTQ+ travelers. Tepic, the state capital, boasts a vibrant gay scene, and Nayarit recognizes same-sex marriage and celebrates diversity. 

Pink flowers surround an open-air band stage in Compostela, Mexico.

With luxury accommodations and a deep appreciation for its indigenous heritage, Nayarit invites all travelers to experience its natural wonders, culture, and inclusive hospitality.

Nayarit is a Leading Destination for LGBTQ+ Travelers

Nayarit is a tropical wonderland whose Pacific coastline stretches for almost 200 miles. Nayarit’s southern border unfolds just 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Its northern border lies just 40 minutes west of the Tepic International Airport.

A group of friends enjoying brunch outdoors at a Vidanta Resort restaurant.

Nayarit is home to many wonderful cities, beach towns and small villages, all of which are ready to welcome and host LGBTQ+ travelers. From the gorgeous oceanfront resorts and restaurants of Nuevo Nayarit to boutique-heavy bohemian beach towns like Sayulita, the luxury hotspots of Punta Mita, including Thierry Blouet’s Tuna Blanca, and the rugged nature and beautiful wildlife of San Blas, Nayarit has a vibe to fit every style of traveler.

A group of gay men raising glasses in the pool at the W Hotel Punta De Mita.

Riviera Nayarit Mexico offers a backdrop of intense skies, emerald mountains, abundant vegetation, and endless beautiful golden beaches for an unforgettable Mexico vacation experience. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the western Sierra Madre mountains, this stunning treasure awaits you: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s fabulous new vacation paradise!

A wall covered in murals in San Fransisco, Mexico.

Start planning your trip to Nayarit today with Visit Nayarit.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb

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Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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