We once thought of this place as our little secret. Never too crowded, never too raucous. Always pleasant and serene. Luckily, even as more and more people discover it, the gay Riviera Maya is still holding onto that soft charm that made us fall in love in the first place.
Exploring the Gay Riviera Maya
The gay scene may be tamer than Cancun, but its presence is still felt, especially in Playa del Carmen. If you go at the right time of year you’ll find colorful parties, in particular, the Mayan Xcapade on Labor Day Weekend in early September!
Beyond the gay nightlife, the beaches of the Riviera Maya are simply divine – one of the many reasons why we were drawn here initially. The white sands, still blue waters, and gorgeous Caribbean weather are indescribably wonderful – you need to experience it to truly appreciate the magic of it.
The Riviera Maya is also popular with history and nature enthusiasts. There are tons of ancient ruin sites and Mayan pyramids dotted throughout the region that are worth devoting an entire day to. Here is our detailed guide to the Riviera Maya to inspire your own trip here.
The Riviera Maya can be found in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Just 10 miles south of Cancun, it’s an alternative for those who crave beach life and warm Caribbean sun, without the hustle and bustle of a typical urban city. Surfers, swimmers, and divers prefer it to other Mexican cities, as the waters tend to be calmer here than in Cancun.