September 29, 2023
Puerto Vallarta is recognized as “The Friendliest City in the World” thanks to its great spirit of welcome, warmth and inclusiveness towards all people.
The hospitality, respect and friendliness of Puerto Vallarta's people complement other attributes of the destination, including the fact that Puerto Vallarta ranks among the top 10 safest cities in Mexico, enjoys an exceptional climate with 360 days of sun per year, and features over 50 outdoor activities.
Not coincidentally, Puerto Vallarta has established itself as the leading LGBTQ+ beach destination in Latin America and second internationally after Tel Aviv.
Once again, Puerto Vallarta has become a national reference in recognition of the destination's contributions and commitment to gender-diverse people, with nominations in five categories in the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Awards Mexico.
These awards recognize excellence in tourism for LGBTQ+ travelers nationwide, promoting destinations that embody a spirit of inclusiveness, service and excellence in hospitality.
The 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Awards Mexico nominees for Puerto Vallarta are:
Puerto Vallarta loves its LGBTQ+ visitors. And LGBTQ+ visitors love Puerto Vallarta. “The Friendliest City in the World” is Latin America's only destination with its own Gayborhood, located in the Romantic Zone. In addition to the famous Los Muertos Beach—the "Gay Beach of Mexico"—, this area includes more than 70 gay-owned or gay-friendly establishments such as: hotels, restaurants, theaters, cabarets, art galleries, bars, boutiques, barbershops, spas, coffee shops, among others.
The city has also been included in important rankings such as "Trending Pride Destinations Year after Year" and is among the top 15 of "Airbnb's Best LGBTQ+ Destinations", in addition to national and international recognitions such as the Gay Travel Awards.
Puerto Vallarta confirms its position as a safe city for the LGBTQ+ population by hosting important national and international events that have chosen the destination to celebrate diversity, inclusion and pride in a respectful and warm environment.
Stylishly designed and located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, Almar Luxury Resort LGBT Beach Front Experience is Puerto Vallarta's only gay beachfront luxury hotel. Under Almar Group ownership and operation, Almar brings exclusive luxury brands and experiences to Puerto Vallarta's LGBT community. They offer a full range of services, from Mantamar Beach Club—one of the hottest pool party venues in town—to their signature The TOP Sky Bar, as well as adventure tours, outdoor activities and lavish spa treatments, creating the complete experience for your gaycation. In addition, Almar Luxury Resort is a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Best of the Best 2022 winner.
For 32 years, Café des Artistes—a “Mexican-inspired French restaurant”—has offered an exclusive, elegant and comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Underlying every single dish is the passion and creativity of Chef Thierry Blouet to maintain a menu inspired by the flavors of Mexico, with a great dose of creativity and innovation. With an atmosphere for every occasion, Café des Artistes is an experience for the senses: P'yote Lounge & Piano Bar, decorated with Huichol themes and other chic accents by renowned Mexican designer Cristina Covalin; the new La Troje terrace, which offers an elegant outdoor setting; the new and recently renovated interior courtyard, with fresh and elegant windows leading to the main courtyard; and the most famous area of the café: the verdant Garden for an evening under the stars, amidst works of art and natural beauty.
Puerto Vallarta celebrated the tenth annual edition of Vallarta Pride with the theme "Be proud of your nature" from May 17th to 28th. Through entertainment, cultural and sports activities, informative forums and the ever-popular Block Party at Lázaro Cárdenas Street, the event promotes values such as equality, respect and recognition of gender-diverse people. One of the highlights of Vallarta Pride is the Parade. Thousands of people take to the streets of Puerto Vallarta in a show of support for the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Parade is always a festive event that is a celebration of diversity and inclusion with colorful floats, music and dancing. The tenth annual edition of Vallarta Pride was a record breaker in its own right with over 20 thousand people in attendance.
Located in one of the highest enclaves in Puerto Vallarta, Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences offers LGBTQ+ visitors an experience of luxury and distinction. Each of their spacious suites and residences offers spectacular panoramic views and privacy in the exclusive Conchas Chinas area, just south of the Romantic Zone. The hotel is also an Equality Institute LGBT+ Wedding Certified by the Gay Wedding Institute®, a leading institution in research, education and training for equal marriage worldwide, making it one of the most popular venues for LGBTQ+ weddings in Puerto Vallarta. Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences has been awarded the prestigious Four Diamond Award and has won the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award for two years in a row.
Voting for the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Awards is open until October 10th. Visit the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Awards Mexico website (in Spanish) to cast your vote for Puerto Vallarta. The winners will be announced and honored at the International Gala to be held on October 26th in the city of Morelia, Michoacán.
Providing safe, friendly and inclusive spaces for all, Puerto Vallarta continues to position itself as the leading beach destination in Latin America and the second in the world for the LGBTQ+ population.
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