PUERTO VALLARTA ATTRACTS DIFFERENT LGBT NICHES

Author: , March 5th, 2015

Marketing to today’s LGBT consumers requires targeting the different niches that exist within the gay community. There are gay men, lesbian women, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning, all with different interests and motivations. These subgroups travel to a variety of different events: bear events, pride festivities, lesbian events, circuit parties, live entertainment, eco-tourism, arts and culture, gastronomy, or simply to a warm beach relaxing destination. Puerto Vallarta offers these events all wrapped-up in one sun and sand resort destination.

For the bear and leather community, Puerto Vallarta offers Beef Dip Bear and Leather week (www.beefdip.com). For more than 12 years, Steve Buczek from Toronto, Canada has organized bears to enjoy the hot gay beach scene of Puerto Vallarta. Held the last week of January, hundreds of hairy men enjoy pool parties, pub crawls, boat cruises, and charity fundraisers with others sharing similar interests.

For circuit party travelers, Puerto Vallarta has three main events: Semana Santa (Easter week);  Latin Fever (Thanksgiving); and a New Year’s blowout.  Large event organizers like Maxima and Will Gorge bring international DJ’s to PV‘s club venues. Puerto Vallarta has seen some great international DJ’s like Tony Moran, the late Peter Rauhofer, Hector Fonseca, and Kidd Madonny, to name a few.

For live entertainment seekers, Puerto Vallarta has two great cabaret venues: Act II and The Palm. These stages have welcomed international performers like Lady Bunny, Coco Peru, Miss Conception, Leslie Jordan, The Kinsey Sicks, and Well Strung. National personalities like Supermana, La Gorda, and Alejandra Bogue have performed.

Ecotourism LGBT travelers enjoy a huge selection of activities. Vallarta has a fantastic botanical center (www.vbgardens.org) and zoo (www.zoologicodevallarta.com). The nearby mountains and jungle offer zip line canopy tours, horseback riding, nature hiking, and all-terrain activities.

On famous Los Muertos Beach, gay travelers enjoy eye candy from Blue Chairs or the expansive new beach club Mantamar. They enjoy the water from a different perspective aboard gay cruises like the popular Diana’s Tours (www.dianastours.com) or a little sexier on Wet and Wild (www.pvsunsetpartycruise.com). During the season, gay eco-tourists watch whales, dolphins, and porpoises in Banderas Bay and marvel while protected, sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. It’s no wonder Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s #1 Gay beach destination, with all that is offered in one destination. It’s time to discover for yourself how “Beyond Gay Friendly Puerto Vallarta can be”.

Tim Wilson, owner of www.GAYPV.com is a member of NATJA and submits articles and press releases about Puerto Vallarta as Mexico’s #1 Gay beach destination. GayPV travel magazine highlights the gay and friendly scene of Puerto Vallarta with photos, what to do, where to stay and a complete activities and events listing.

 

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Treasure Island

Author: , March 5th, 2015

Treasure Island! Treasure Island http://glynnhouse.com/events/ has been adapted by Ken Ludwig from the glynnhse winternovel by Robert Louis Stevenson Ken Ludwig’s fanciful adaptation follows young Jim Hawkins as he takes to the high seas in search of treasure and contends with a band of buccaneers including the brutal Billy Bones, sinister Blind Pew, brash Anne Bonny, and, of course, Long John Silver.  Experience a delightful evening of theatre at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse March 20 – 22.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Win a Trip to Gay Disneyworld in June

Author: , March 5th, 2015

One Magical Weekend

Its the 25th Anniversary and you don’t want to miss it!!! One Magical Weekend during Gay Disney – One of the largest LGBT Events in the World! June 5 – June 7, 2015, Orlando Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Epcot.

If it’s the time of your life that you’re looking for then One Magical Weekend is where you’ll want to be! The host hotel the B Resort & Spa will be where it’s all happening with boys and girls from around the world enjoying world class events and a fantastic DJ line up!

This is Disney as it was meant to be – a very personal experience with one or as many as 150,000 of your closest friends coming to Orlando – where Magic truly takes place.

Enter here by May 15th.

By Kelly Riker – Full Story at Seasons of Pride | Orlando Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Nomadic Boys: Is the Maldives a Save Gay Travel Destination?

Author: , March 5th, 2015

Nomadic Boys - MaldivesThe Maldives is a Muslim country and unfortunately carries all the usual Sharia Law ‘decoration’ with it like:

  • it is illegal for Maldivian citizens to be non-Muslim

  • women must be covered up at all times – even when going for a jog or swimming in the sea
  • alcohol is illegal
  • gayness of any sort here runs the risk of the death penalty…

Gay Maldives: The Reality

We didn’t find the Maldives to be as scary as we thought it would be. Fortunately for gay tourists, the Maldivian economy relies heavily on tourism as its main source of income, so there will always be a different view towards foreigners.

Full Story at Towleroad.com | Maldives Gay Travel Resources

Breakaway Backpacker: Waterfall Off the Beaten Path in Pucon, Chile

Author: , March 5th, 2015

Jaime Davila in ChileThey said,

“only a few make it, but those that do are rewarded with the most amazing experience ever.”

Bajajajaja just kidding no that’s not how this starts. This isn’t like The Beach, but I thought I sure was on the same adventure.

When I arrived to the hostel the owner let us know all of the activities you can do while you’re in Pucon. Most of them are excursions and cost a lot of money. Knowing I came there to hike Volcano Villarica I didn’t want to do anything else that cost a lot of money aside from that. He let us know of a free “off the beaten path” activity we could do.

He showed us a hand drawn map that would take us to the beautiful Salto el Claro waterfall. Of course every time… yes every single fucking time someone mentions see a waterfall I think of the time I was held at gunpoint for visiting one. So anyway he explained that it’s about 4-5 hour hike to and from the hostel so I figured I could do that. I didn’t want to do it alone so ask around and most had already done it or were gonna go later. So yeah I did it alone and well this is what happened.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker | Chile Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Stonecreek Cabins, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Author: , March 5th, 2015

Stonecreek Cabins

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Creekside and Treehouse cabins are two of the most requested cabins in the Gatlinburg area. Romantic, private and secluded, these cabins offer many amenities that you cannot find elsewhere. Located in a gated 23 acre Smoky Mountain Paradise,your cabin is carefully cleaned and personally prepared for your arrival and stocked with supplies and goodies to make you feel welcomed and appreciated.

See the Stonecreek Cabins Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Tennessee

The Alleys and Street Art of Valparaiso, Chile

Author: , March 4th, 2015

Valparaiso street artWe’ve got another great new gay travel blogger for you – Jaime Davila at Breakaway Backpacker:


Valparaiso is a city I have been wanting to visit for years. I had heard that it is a city filled with colorful houses and street art everywhere. Y’all know I love both of those things so it was high on my list of places to visit during my time in South America.

Lucky for me it was a short bus ride from Santiago so was able to visit it soon after arriving. I made my way there and it didn’t disappoint. Yes I arrived and the weather was not that great.

It was dark and gray with no sign of sun and was that way on my first two days there. I didn’t allow that to deter me from wandering the city. On the third day though the sun finally came out and everything looked even more amazing. I ended up spending 5 days there and each day discovered a different reason to fall in love with it.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakway Backpacker | Chile Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Travel: Koh Tao, Thailand

Author: , March 4th, 2015

Koh Tao, Thailand

I’ve arrived in Thailand and it’s so good to be back here! I only interrupted my island hopping mission briefly for a quick visit to Bangkok before I moved on to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand.

I finally visited Koh Tao, an island that has been high on my ‘Thai islands I need to go to’ list for years. I have to admit that during my last Asia stint, I was a bit lukewarm on Thai islands; I just didn’t happen to visit one that I truly loved, and other countries in South East Asia just happened to be more beautiful islands (at least in my opinion), plus I was spoiled having spent so much time in the Caribbean prior to my first trip to Asia.

However, I had high hopes for Koh Tao, the smallest one of the three famous islands in the Gulf of Thailand (the other two being Koh Phangan and Koh Samui), and it did not disappoint. Admittedly, I wasn’t wowed by any of the beaches but I could’ve guessed that, coming from the Philippines where I visited some of the best beaches I’ve ever been to (I mean.. Look at these photos!) and any beach in the world would’ve had a hard time to impress me after the jaw-droppingly gorgeous beaches of Boracay, El Nido or Siquijor.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Thailand Gay Travel Resources

New Glasgow Queer Film Festival Starts in Two Weeks

Author: , March 4th, 2015

GlitchGLITCH is Scotland’s first Queer, Trans, Intersex, People of Colour Film Festival. A 10 day festival that runs from 19th – 28th March which will be held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.

28 events and screenings including 72 films with 16 visiting filmmakers, and best of all every single event is FREE of charge.

For this First Edition GLITCH have kept their programming focus of films by or about people of colour – so GLITCH is a queer, trans, intersex, people of colour film festival with the abbreviation of QTIPOC. There are films about road movies, love, prisons, cooking, BDSM, life drawing, diasporas, colonialism, dance, fireworks, death, the play of light, lipstick, racism, shop work, night life, children, poetry, outer space, sex work, ancient rites, mothers, pet dogs and more!

Full Story at The Gay UK | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Nomadic Boys: Is it Myanmar or Burma?

Author: , March 4th, 2015

Myanmar - Nomadic BoysOur first problem with researching and planning for this new country was what the heck do we call it? Is it Myanmar (pronounced Mee-anmar) or Burma? And why is one name sometimes put in brackets like on our Lonely Planet?

‘Burma’ was the old colonial name used during British rule and the accepted name after independence in 1948. But, the (unelected) military junta that took over in 1962 following a military coup (and still in place today) unilaterally changed the name to Myanmar in 1989.

The military government argued this was to shake off the British colonial history and have a more inclusive name for all ethnicities in Myanmar, not just the main Bamar people.

Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Myanmar Gay Travel Resources