Arts, Culture and Nature for the LGBTQ Traveler Puerto Vallarta

Author: , June 20th, 2019

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Puerto Vallarta is well known for its vibrant gay bar and club scene. It is Mexico’s #1 gay bar and club scene. So what about the LGBTQ traveler looking for Arts, Culture and Nature? Puerto Vallarta does not disappoint. From November until April, the every other week Southside Shuffle on the cobblestone streets of Basilio Badillo in the Romantic Zone feature street music, food and drinks, and artists showing their work in the local art galleries. Also the Centro Historic Artwalk draws a large crowd to the center of town every Wednesday to galleries open until 10 pm.

For the rest of the art, culture and nature found in Puerto Vallarta visit this story.

Just how gay is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?

Author: , June 18th, 2018
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Just how gay-friendly is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? What is gay life really like there?
Many people exaggerate about a destination being super gay only once it is visited discover it really is not. Mister BnB just produced an article about how gay friendly Tel Aviv is so we used the same criteria to produce our answer to just how gay Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is. The destination has been known as a gay mecca since the 1980’s and until recently Puerto Vallarta’s tourist season was very limited *the busiest months from November until Easter. Recently, Puerto Vallarta has been moving toward a year round busy season and its increasing appeal to LGBT travelers and residents is due to several factors.  Among them are increased national airline flights into Puerto Vallarta, the rising Mexican middle class traveling more, and the increased marketing and awareness of Puerto Vallarta as an LGBT destination.

Why the popularity of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico among the LGBT travelers?
1. Puerto Vallarta has the most well developed gay nightlife in Mexico! The first gay bar opened more than 20 years ago and today more than 25 hot gay bars and clubs are operating *some until 6 am, each unique and all located in the gayborhood.

2. Puerto Vallarta has a true Gay Zone. The Zona Romantica is a true gayborhood with all the gay bars, clubs, businesses, restaurants, and gay hotels within a safe walking distance of each other. With some rare exceptions, you never have to leave the gayborhood for anything!

3. Puerto Vallarta is for foodies! There is something for every culinary appetite and budget, from street taco stands to fine dining and everything in between.

4. Puerto Vallarta has an amazing arts and culture scene including the best gay cabaret scene in Mexico! We have three great cabaret venues producing two shows 7 nights a week from November until May…with 2 of them open year round. Also we have numerous great art galleries and artists exhibiting and living in town. Mix in festive Mexican culture and rich traditions for an amazing treat for everyone.

See much more about GAY PUERTO VALLARTA HERE.

Puerto Vallarta for Gay Spring Break 2018

Author: , February 19th, 2018

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Travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance has analyzed U.S. travelers’ Spring Break travel plans for 2018. Internationally, the top three destinations are in Mexico, with Cancun (14.2 percent) leading the list, then San Jose Del Cabo (6.3 percent) and Puerto Vallarta (5.1 percent). Let’s pick Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s top gay destination and here are some top things to do.

Attend the VIVA CIRCUIT JUNGLE FEVER PARTY  March 31, 2018… Party an incredible 10 hours with DJ Alex Lo, DJ Angel Rios, DJ Diego Alvarez at Lions Club on Lazaro Cardenas next to La Noche.

 

See one of the amazing cabaret shows at ACT 2 Entertainment or The Palm. Puerto Vallarta’s cabaret season will be in full swing and features the top cabaret scene in Mexico. In fact Vallarta competes with many US/Canadian cities in terms of gay entertainment offered. Many of the top drag show performers like Jo Ana and Chi Chi Rones, Mama Tits, Hedda  Lettuce, Sutton Seymour and Miss Conception make PV their home from December until April with nightly sold out shows.

In the gay bar scene you will not find a city in Mexico with more gay bars and clubs. From gay dance clubs rocking until 6 am, latin skin strip clubs, to quite sidewalk martini bars there is something for every gay spring break traveler. If you can’t make it to Vallarta during spring break, don’t worry. There are parties and themed events all year long in Mexico’s number 1 gay destination.

Michael Lucas discusses his recent trip to Puerto Vallarta Mexico and PREP

Author: , January 20th, 2016

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We were fortunate to get a few minutes with Michael Lucas, Founder and CEO of Lucasentertainment.com. He was just back from his Christmas vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Q: You just came back from vacationing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico where you stayed in Piñata PV Gay Hotel (www.pinatapv.com)

A: Yes, I spent Christmas at Piñata PV. I travel all over the world and can tell you that the hotel’s owners Ronnie and David are the most amazing hosts I’ve ever met. Not only did they explain to me how to get around Puerta Vallarta and booked some fantastic trips, but they actually took me and other guests out for dinner, showed us some amazing places, restaurants, galleries, nightclubs and introduced us to some cute local guys. The hotel itself is the one of a kind: they designed and built it themselves on a beautiful & quiet street in the heart of PV; it’s a modern boutique hotel.

Q: What do you think about PV? Also, we know that you collect art and crafts from all over the world and you love shopping in Mexico.

A: I love Mexico: it’s wonderfully warm and has hospitable people. I’ve traveled all over this amazing country. PV is a small place but it has so many things to do and see. One of my favorite places to visit is the botanical garden. When visiting make sure to meet its founder, Bob Price, who is an American man that fell in love with PV and built a spectacular collection of plants from all over the country there. It’s a huge area with a river, waterfall, and a beautiful restaurant on top of the hill with a magnificent view; it is also a perfect place for hiking.

Photos courtesy of Ric Chamblee taken at Vallarta Botanical Gardens

See the rest of the article http://gaypv.mx/interviews/michael-lucas-lucas-entertainment

Largest Gay Dance Party Announced for Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Author: , August 21st, 2015

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  • The world’s largest gay dance music festival WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS (WP) joins forces with Will Gorges and Latin Fever to launch WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA, Thanksgiving weekend November 27th thru November 30th, 2015

Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY Palm Springs started as a small celebration with only a few hundred people in the desert in 1989. It has evolved to become the world’s largest gay dance music festival, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS founder and producer Jeffrey Sanker says, “ WHITE PARTY has become more than just a party. It is an institution. After 25 years, it’s time we bring the festival outside North America and what better place to do it than in Puerto Vallarta during Latin Fever.”

Sanker joins forces with Latin Fever producer Will Gorges. The inaugural WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA will be headlined by two of the industry’s powerhouse DJs- ALEX ACOSTA and CINDEL along side local talents DJ Ramses and Daniel Sandoval. To keep with the WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS tradition, there will be big surprises unveiled along the way including top performers, WHITE PARTY signature Go-go Gods, and Andrew Christian giveaways.

To see more info on Puerto Vallarta White Party visit http://gaypv.mx/news/2015/08/largest-gay-festival-puerto-vallarta and book travel packages info when released visit http://gaypv.mx/events

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Puerto Vallarta Mexico for the LGBT Eco Traveler

Author: , May 31st, 2015

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The LGBT traveler meets nature in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Our  beyond gay friendly destination is an ecotourism wonderland. It is here the Sierra Madre mountains join the Pacific ocean and lush jungle to form a natural wonderland paradise. Puerto Vallarta offers more gay and gay friendly activities  than any other Mexican destination. Cool refreshing rains arrive in June bringing new life to vegetation, riverbeds and jungles. It is a great opportunity to experience our exotic destination.

Although the “rainy season” arrives in June many LGBT travelers mistakenly think this is a time to avoid travel to Puerto Vallarta. Nothing could not be further from the truth. Most often the rain, indeed hard at times, is at night bringing a refreshing cool next morning perfect for a trip to the gay friendly Botanical Gardens (www.vbgardens.org) or the Vallarta Zoo (www.zoologicodevallarta.com). Rains that arrive in the day are most often followed by the returning sun allowing for a perfect day at the luxury gay friendly beach club Mantamar (www.mantamarvallarta.com). It s also a great opportunity to experience horseback riding, atv jungle trek or zip line with Go Gay Vallarta’s jungle adventure.

As cooling refreshing rains bring new life to the town, so has the gay Romantic Zone experienced new life thru recent redevelopment. The center of gay life in Puerto Vallarta is the Romantic Zone with its many gay bars and clubs. La Noche Bar, one of Puerto Vallarta’s top night spots, has completed 3 floors including a new roof top terrace with a fantastic view of the city. Across the street, Spartacus Spa has also added a rooftop terrace taking advantage of the open air view of the city. CC Slaughter’s will be adding air conditioning so LGBT travelers who have not visited the city recently will be pleasantly surprised as to what’s in store. La Margarita and La Fiesta  are great spots to enjoy a drink and meet new friends.

Why should LGBT travelers visit Puerto Vallarta in June? It a great time to take advantage of summer savings at restaurants, hotels, and businesses. Many hotels, like Casa Cupula (www.casacupula.com), begin the summer saving season. Visit www.gaypv.mx/deals for great savings and discounts of all the businesses in one place. Puerto Vallarta has much to offer the LGBT traveler. It’s time to visit the new Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and see how beyond gay friendly Puerto Vallarta can be.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico an LGBT Arts and Culture Mecca

Author: , April 25th, 2015

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How important is arts and culture to the LGBT traveler? Very much so!  What arts and culture does Puerto Vallarta offer the LGBT traveler? We will concentrate on major offerings found in Puerto Vallarta: art galleries, music and theatre.

Puerto Vallarta has become a vibrant center of art gallery exhibition and promotion within Mexico.  A large group of gay friendly galleries are centered in the gay romantic zone and centro historico. In season take advantage of a self guided artwalk tour (www.vallartaartwalk.com) and Southside Shuffle.

Puerto Vallarta is very fortunate to have its own gay men’s chorus (www.pvmenschorus.org). Organized in 2012 as the first gay chorus in Mexico and Latin America, this chorus consists of 50 to 100 national and ex-pat singers. They perform both current and historical favorites in English and Spanish and is under the director of a new leader Alfonzo Lopez. Puerto Vallarta has also received men’s chorus from other cities, like the Arizona gay men’s chorus Reveille for 2014 Vallarta Gay Pride See bit.ly/gaypv056.

Puerto Vallarta has fantastic musical and comedy venues targeting the LGBT and friendly community: The Palm celebrating 15 years and Act 2 entertainment with its Main Stages and The Red Room. In season these venues feature famous international musical performers like Well Strung (The Today Show), Lorna Luft, Emmy award winner Leslie Jordan, Roslyn Kind and Jason Brock (the X Factor) seven nights a week.

Puerto Vallarta’s long running original drag shows began in the 1980’s at places like Paco’s Ranch and Blue Chair’s rooftop and continue today. A very successful production of Equus(a famous play) just completed at Act 2 entertainment. See bit.ly/gaypv057. This is quite a challenge even in cities with much larger populations to support theatre. There has been a recent alliance among venues, performers, and local community to increase support for performing arts in Puerto Vallarta (see performingartspv.com).

Puerto Vallarta is a diverse destination. We have different cultures here and a definite need to accept everyone if the destination is to grow and expand. Having a great arts and culture scene in Puerto Vallarta gives LGBT tourists another reason to visit Puerto Vallarta. Come and see for yourself!

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Puerto Vallarta Mexico for foodies!

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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Looking to experience a fantastic gay friendly culinary destination? Check out Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The very successful, multi-million dollar “Live It To Believe It” campaign launched by Mexico’s tourism department (SECTUR) for 2014 has an exciting, second phase for 2015. Unveiled November 2014 in London at the World Travel Market, the new promotion showcases Puerto Vallarta as an exciting, modern, and sophisticated gay friendly culinary destination.

Puerto Vallarta is on top. Six of the ten, 2014 Trip Advisor’s “Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Mexico” are located in Puerto Vallarta and all are gay-friendly: Cafe Des Artistes, Vista Grill, Ocean Grill, Bistro Teresa, Trio, and Le Kliff. Great dining is very important to the LGBT market. Like the world famous gay nightlife in Puerto Vallarta, this destination boasts hundreds of some of the best chef- inspired restaurants and culinary events in Mexico.  Barcelona Tapas, Vitae, Daiquiri Dicks, Si Senor, The Swedes, Taste and Archie’s Wok.  The list is endless. Many of these fabulous restaurants are gay-owned and operated but all are super gay friendly. Here is the list of the great restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.

Book your trip for Vallarta Gay Pride in May 2015 and take advantage of Restaurant Week 2015. It is an annual food event held the last two weeks of May. Take advantage of over 50 of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta some discounted 50% from the regular menu. Discover for yourself how beyond gay friendly Puerto Vallarta can be.

 

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Puerto Vallarta a Romantic and Charming LGBT destination

Author: , March 11th, 2015

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In the early 1960’s, Puerto Vallarta was a typical Mexican fishing village which burst into prominence fueled by the tempestuous love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  Hollywood discovered Puerto Vallarta and many creative gay Hollywood elite soon discovered the romance and charm of our city. You might say the filming of The Night of the Iguana was the first step in making Puerto Vallarta a gay mecca  See bit.ly/gaypv024. Our city offers the LGBT community a truly romantic destination. Think of intimate boutique hotels, quaint inns, and cozy, bed and breakfasts overlooking a tropical, gay beach. Imagine how perfect this setting would be for the celebration of your relationship. The Sierra Madre Mountains rise from the sea and nearby jungles team with exotic animals and fragrant flowers. Imagine how perfect such a place where would be for your next tropical adventure. Think about candlelight dining overlooking the endless Pacific and imagine the joy you will see in your beloved’s face. It’s all here in Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican gay friendly destination where misty blue mountains, lush jungles, and the endless sea meet.

It is no coincidence that the gay area of Puerto Vallarta’s old town is called the Romantic Zone. Our cobblestone streets are narrower; massive rubber trees form a canopy over the streets; and scents of bougainvillea and jasmine fill the air. The setting is intimate Mexican colonial and everything you might wish for is within easy walking distance. Zona Romantica is the center of our LGBT community and home to many full time, LGBT residents. From the Rio Cuale and south to the seahorse at Almar Resort , LGBT life unfolds in one of the most beautiful places on earth. By day, gay life is centered on the beach which stretches from Mantamar to Sapphire Ocean Club. Watch the pelicans swoop and scoop up lunch and the dolphins and whales (in season) in the bay, while you sip and snack. Relax on the sand and enjoy our gorgeous sunsets which welcome the romance of night.

At night in the Romantic Zone, the city’s twenty-plus gay bars and clubs come alive. (We boast more LGBT action than most large international destinations.)  Most of the gay bars in Puerto Vallarta, like Sama, Anónimo, Apaches, and La Margarita, are intimate spaces where it is easy to talk and carry on a conversation. Add the host of clothing shops which cater to our needs; toss in gay and gay-friendly art galleries; and season it with activities such as Diana’s Gay and Lesbian Cruise and you will taste the flavors of our LGBT life. Top-up your night with gay cabaret and late night disco clubs like CC Slaughter’s  or hot go go dancers from La Noche and relish our life which offers something for every LGBT traveler. See 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.