We are asked this question many times each year and the short answer to that question is a resounding yes! In the 50’s the word had a different meaning and wasn’t capitalized. Today DINKS (Double Income No Kids) couples are finding Riviera Nayarit Gay with a capital “G.”
This is the place to vacation if you are in a committed relationship looking for a vacation that is peaceful, beautiful and yet a short ride away from what is unquestionably the Gay Capital of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. There are bars, restaurants and beaches catering primarily to Gay clientele and are proud to boast exclusivity.
The IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association,) hosted Latin America’s a recent LGBT Business Expo in partnership with Riviera Nayarit – a thriving hotspot for LGBT travel, located along the coast just north of Vallarta.
Riviera Nayarit is keen to follow its southern neighbor, Puerto Vallarta’s lead in tapping into the “pink pound.” A number of hotels in Riviera Nayarit have recently been accredited as “LGBT friendly,” including the top-end Four Seasons Punta Mita, St. Regis, and the all-inclusive Hard Rock hotel.
Riviera Nayarit is less touristy and more refined than its glitzy friend to the south, but is an equally fabulous holiday paradise with a visible, relaxed gay community. There are numerous beachside towns to explore by car, waves to surf, and tantalizing food to eat all along the coast.
Gay-owned establishments include Billy Bob’s bar in the historic port of San Blas, whose surroundings are the prime bird watching spot of the northern hemisphere, and the Xaltemba restaurant gallery in the town of La Peñita. The “hippy chic” towns of San Pancho and Sayulita with their eclectic mixes of cultures and surfing attract the LGBTQ market year round. Coastal Lo de Marcos is new to the Gay scene but very welcoming and accommodating.
Ultimately it’s the area’s pristine beaches and wide-ranging activities – from whale watching to spa experiences – with its luxury properties and diverse coastal towns, which are the biggest draw. It’s an ideal place for anyone looking to be close enough to the LGBTQ action without actually being in the thick of it, as Puerto Vallarta’s main LGBTQ scene is between a 30 to 45 minute drive away.
The team at Galvan Real Estate and Services is here to help with any information you may need regarding the area’s accommodations or activities.
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