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Gay friendly destinations in Mexico for gay couples and singles

Best Mexican cities for Gay Couples and Singles

Mexico welcomes everyone with open arms and a warm smile. Mexico doesn’t judge. You can be a gay, a lesbian or just another queer. But, Mexico will welcome you with the same love reserved for straights. Mexico offers plenty of destinations for gay couples and singles. It is one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world.

The legalization of gay marriages in Mexico City has given a second wind to gay life. The amazing gay-friendly beaches all over the country have only increased its allure. So what are you waiting for? Check out some of the best gay-friendly destinations in Mexico for gay couples and singles.

Best gay friendly destinations in Mexico for gay couples and singles

There are nine gay friendly destinations in Mexico – Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Acapulco, Huatulco, Veracruz, Mazatlán and Mérida.

The Catholic Church does have a conservative influence on Mexico. Yet, Mexico has become broad-minded about sexuality. Gays in Mexico don’t attract discrimination or violence. This has made it a perfect holiday getaway.

1. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun - Mexican city for gay singles and couples
Cancun is just perfect for gay couples and singles from all over the World. If you land up as a single, you will find lots of groups you can join for the duration of your cancun holiday. In this pic: Resort Blue Hour. Jdross75 /

Cancun is Mexico’s number one destination for gay couples and singles. They are welcome with open arms in this sizzling city. You can experience clear blue water and miles after miles of white sand beaches here. Friendly locals who refuse to judge you on the basis of your sexuality are a common sight. You will find all these and more in Cancun. Cancun is also an easy place to get to if you are coming from North America. Cancun has a great nightlife. It has many gay dance clubs and bars where you can go with your partner or even in search of a partner. Cancun will not disappoint for sure.

Most friendly place to stay: Cancun has the proud reputation of making its same-sex couples feel at home. The feeling remains the same wherever they go in the city. But which is a perfect place to stay in Cancun? Most of the gay couples or singles choose Villas Tacull, a Boutique Hotel. Villas Tacul is a small exclusive resort. It has 23 separate villas surrounded by 12 acres of lush green gardens. Address of Villas Tacul is: Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Best gay-friendly restaurant: La Parrilla is one of the best gay-friendly restaurants in Cancun, Mexico. It is one of the best places in Cancun where you can find exotic Mexican food at a reasonable price. The other popular gay friendly restaurants are Restaurante Natura, La Pasteleteria-Crepería, Perico’s, Labna and La Joya.

Recommended bar for gays: Karamba Bar used to be one of the coolest gay-friendly bars in Cancun. But it is now closed. The other popular gay-friendly bars in this city are 11:11 Club, Club 69, and Picante Bar.

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2. Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City - Best destination for Gays
Panoramic view of Zocalo and Cathedral in Mexico City. The Mexican capital city has a sizable LGBT community, and hosts one of the best Pride parades in the Americas. Diego Grandi /

Mexico City is the largest city in the world and the capital city of Mexico is a hot hub for gay travelers. The city has a huge population of gay and lesbians. Trendy restaurants, sizzling nightlife, and affordable luxury hotels are star attractions. Especially for gay travelers in Mexico City. Calle Amberes (to Paseo de la Reforma) in Zona Rosa is the epicenter of gay and lesbian scenes. It has dozens of gay bars, discos, and clubs. In other neighborhoods like Rome, Condesa, and Polanco you will find gay clubs too. You can also find gay-friendly restaurants and cruising in this neighborhood. Mexico City’s annual Gay Pride Parade attracts millions of gays and lesbians from all over the world.

Most friendly place to stay: Mexico City is a great place for gay travelers. Finding a gay friendly place to stay here is not a problem. El Patio 77, the first eco-friendly bed and breakfast in Mexico City is one of the best hotels for gay travelers. The address of El Patio 77 is: Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta 77 | San Rafael District, Mexico City, Mexico City 06470, Mexico. Some of the other gay-friendly hotels in this city are: Condesa Haus, Sightseeing, Vacation Specials, PassportMX, The Red Tree House etc.

Best gay-friendly restaurants: Mexico City has plenty of restaurants. And most of them offer you great food in a gay-friendly environment. El Califa, Papa Guapa and Quintonil are few best gay-friendly restaurants in Mexico City.

Recommended bar for gays: Mexico City boasts of some very classy and cool gay-friendly bars of Mexico. These bars are a perfect place for those who want to have a chilled out and relaxing evening in Mexico City. El Viena, Tom’s Leather Bar, Alba33, Bb Show Bar, Bota’s Bar and Kinky Bar are few places where you can go with your partner.

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3. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta - best for gay couples and singles
In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico there are numerous untouched tropical beaches such as Yelapa (in pic) which gay singles and couples can visit. Karamysh /

Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s most gay and lesbian-friendly resort town for decades. The accessibility to Puerto Vallarta is easy for all. You can see gay-friendly clubs, bars, restaurants, resorts and hotels everywhere in Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta has been a well-known Mexico travel destination for many years. Especially for national and international gay travelers.

Puerto Vallarta boasts of warm tropical weather and year-round warm beach climate. These make it very attractive to gays from all over the world. Puerto Vallarta has all the stillness of a classic holiday. Plus, don’t have to compromise on any of the modern conveniences. You will find all kind of gays in this cosmopolitan mix known as Puerto Vallarta. Younger and older gays, Europeans, Americans or Australians gays. No wonder that Puerto Vallarta is also known as “San Francisco of Mexico.” Gay Guide Vallarta

Most friendly place to stay: Casa Cupula is one of the best places to stay for gay travelers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is one of the finest places for gay travelers who are seeking luxury and relaxation in their vacation. Single or not, you will find this luxury boutique hotel charming in either case. The address of Casa Cupula is: 129 Callejon de la Igualdad, Puerto Vallarta 48399, Mexico. There are other hotels too that act as accommodation and amazing ggay guides Some of them are Almar Resort, Amaca Hotels and Spa, Blue Chairs Beach Resort and Hotel Belmar.

Best gay-friendly restaurant: La Palapa is one of the best gay friendly restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Great food, attentive staff and friendly locals make it one of the best gay-friendly restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. There are many other famous restaurants in this gay destination. Some of them are Apaches Bistro, Archie’s Wok, Barcelona Tapas, Cafe Bohemio, Coco’s Kitchen, El Arrayan and El Mole de Jovita.

Recommended bar for gays: Cc Slaughters is one of the best gay-friendly bars. It has a dance club with sexy crowd and music. The other top notch gay bars and clubs are: Paco’s Ranch, Kinky Karaoke Bar, Grand Odyssey Casino etc

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4. Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara - Best Mexican gay destination
Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico and perhaps the most LGBT-friendly city in Latin America. Mehdi33300 /

Guadalajara, the second largest city of Mexico is one of the hot spot for gay travelers. Very close to Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara has a grand gay scene. It has a long list of gay friendly bars, clubs, hotels, resorts and what not. For gay and lesbian couples this is an ideal place for a romantic getaway. The nightlife in Guadalajara is something you must experience. Gay bars, gay cafes, gay clubs and full-blown gay nightclubs keep the heat up until the dawn.

You can divide the gay scene in Guadalajara in two parts. The expensive luxury side and the affordable side. The historic center attracts the working class gays. The Avenue Chapultepec, which has a more sophisticated vibe is for those who love luxury.

Most friendly place to stay: Casa Alebrijes Hotel is one of the best gay friendly places to stay in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is comfortable beyond your imagination and very friendly staff make it one of the best gay friendly places in Guadalajara. Casa Alebrijes Hotel is located at Libertad 1016 | Centro Historico, Guadalajara 44100, Mexico. Some of the other top accommodations in Guadalajara are Hg Hotel, Hotel Clarum 101, and The Sabilas.

Best gay-friendly restaurant: We highly recommend Chez Chouchou as it is one of the best gay friendly restaurants in Guadalajara. You will love its exotic food and friendly ambiance. Queer Nation, i Latina Restaurante, Equilibrio and Restaurante Recco are top restaurants that welcome gays.

Recommended bar for gays: Babel Gay Club is one of the best gay friendly clubs in Guadalajara. This sexy club is the best place to show some moves to your partner. The other must visit bars and pubs in Guadalajara are – California Bar, Club YeYe, Dolce Veele Cafe and Bar, El Condado Country Bar and L’Osho Beer Snack Music.

5. Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco - best Mexican city for gay couples
Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific,” Acapulco’s beaches are perfect for gay vacations. Tony Moran /

Acapulco has a Hollywood history, an awesome nightlife and cheap drinks. It boasts of a gorgeous bay with deep blue water. It offers the right drinks for a gay hotspot in Mexico. Acapulco is very friendly to gay and lesbians. This location has always been their one of favorite destinations within Mexico. Acapulco has a booming gay scene. And this resort town is giving good competition to Mexico City and Guadalajara. It has white sand beaches, cheap but classy alcohol and glamorous nightlife. All these are the perfect combination for an awesome romantic getaway. Gay-owned hotels and bars are in good numbers too. The gay culture here is so friendly and this creates a welcoming ambiance for gay travelers.

The city is experiencing a fast growth of gay nightlife options, due to its resurgence as a tourist spot. The older part of town, also known as “Tradicional” or “Nautica” offers cheap gay holiday options. The south end of the bay offers high-end hotels and resorts for luxury gay holidays.

Most friendly place to stay: Casa Condesa is the best place to stay in Acapulco during your gay vacation. Very friendly and helpful staff does their best to make you feel at home in Mexico. Casa Condesa is at Bellavista 125 | Fracc Farallón, Acapulco 39851, Mexico. Other hotels near the gay beach and gay nightlife are Calinda Beach, Fiesta Inn, Fiesta Americana and El Presidente.

Best gay-friendly restaurant: Zolache is one of the best gay-friendly restaurants in Acapulco, Mexico. The biggest strength of this restaurant is its food which lures hundreds of guests every day. The next best restaurant is Zibu, overlooking Pichilingue Bay.

Recommended bar for gays: Acapulco is long known for its sizzling nightlife. Demas is the best gay club and bar in Acapulco. This place is famous for its sexy strippers and very attractive staff. Some of the other clubs and bars popular in Acapulco are Picante, Cabaretito Beach, Pink, Prince, Relax and Zoom.

6. Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco - Mexico gay holiday destination
Most of the gay life in Huatulco, Mexico is in the La Crucecita area. Galina Savina /

Huatulco is the name for resort area Bahías de Huatulco, which consists of Tangolunda (town with luxury gay resorts), Santa Cruz (town with affordable gay hotels), and two other towns called La Crucecita and Chahué. The gayest part of this region is La Crucecita with all gay friendly resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants.

Now, do you like your gay holiday destination to be quite and less crowded? Then, look no further than Huatulco in Mexico. There is no traffic, no crowd and no queues.

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7. Veracruz, Mexico

Veracruz - best for Gays couples and singles holiday
Veracruz has a vibrant and active gay community with multiple destinations for LGBT travellers. The most active of course is in the Zona Centro of the city. David Arciga /

Veracruz is a city in the Mexican state by the same name. It has a visible and active gay community. This community for long has been conducting pride marches every year. Some of the best gay-friendly bars in Veracruz are Bar Paraiso, Boudoir Lounge Bar, Cabaret Night Club, El Rincon De Osorio and La Soberbia Bar.

8. Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan - best Mexican holidays for gays
Mazatlan is a thriving port and resort getaway town. Photomatz /

Mazatlan, a thriving port city and resort getaway, lies across the Gulf of California from the tip of Baja. This city has miles and miles of beaches which are perfect for holiday as a single gay or as gay couples. If you intend to meet some local or international gay travelers you can head towards Zona Dorada, the club-and-hotel area. Zona Dorada is also known as the Golden Zone.
To meet new gays or for some gay-clubbing, check out some of the finest gay friendly bars in Mazatlan. Passion Club and Pepe Toro are awesome. Pepe Toro is Mazatlan’s oldest gay club and a must visit for any gay passing by.

9. Mérida, Mexico

Merida, Mexico - vacation spot for gay couples and singles
Merida is close to famous tourist sites like Chitzen Itza, beach resorts of the Riviera Maya such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen etc. This is why it is popular with the gay community. Jess Kraft /

Merida has a very active gay scene. Recently it has started featuring in gay holiday packages created by travel agents. The climate is tropical making it an all-year destination. If you love history, its location is a huge plus point – it is close to Mayan ruins of Chitzen Itza.

Some of the finest gay hotels in Merida are Casa Del Maya Bed and Breakfast, Ochenta y Dos, Villa Verde Merida and Posada Santiago Guesthouse. For your nightlife don’t miss out of these bars – Bar Rafaris, Jorge’s Cantina Imperial, La MalQuerida Cantina, PK2 etc.

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She is a holidaymaker comfortable with vacations on sandy beaches or breaks where she is skiing in the snow. She mixes up her holidays with the right amount of activity and lazing around and believes that both are needed in the right amount to experience the world’s cultures and destinations. Favorite Cities: Prague, Budapest, Munich, Florence