Any individual who needs proof that the gay and lesbian traveler need the same things in their vacation as their straight counterparts should invest some time in Puerto Vallarta. The charm of miles of perfect sunny shores embracing vine-hung foothills, climbing above cobblestone roads, shops overflowing with the nation’s best crafts, close to flawless climate, and a plenitude of extraordinary food and beverage offsets any contrasts — locals and visitors, of all ages, gay and straight, all lounge in sheer happiness here. In the past few years, a remodeled malecón that multitasks as crafts market, outside theater and widespread front yard, and additionally a striking new pier that imitates a sailboat on vivacious Los Muertos Beach, have further increases the appeal of Puerto Vallarta.
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The previous fall brought an alternate motivating force: The state of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is found, passed a civil union law permitting cohabiting couples to enroll with the state to have legal access to property possession, medical, and different rights formerly allowed just to wedded couples.
Perhaps that is the reason the Vallarta Pride 2014 festival has extended from a long weekend to five days, May 22-26, 2014, hosting vacation spot parties, music celebrations, design shows, arranged activities and a mass commitment ceremony.
In the course of recent years, Puerto Vallarta has picked up a notoriety — under the radar in previous years — for offering a wide assortment of fantastic gay-accommodating resorts, lodgings and hotels, and gay organizations. There are gay and gay friendly clubs and bars, enough to keep the party going throughout the week, however the city’s appeal rests on activities such as tequila classes at Casamagna Marriott Resort, French-roused feasting at La Leche, yoga retreats, gay cruises and tours, and, yes, honeymoons.
No more a small fishing village, Puerto Vallarta has experienced widespread growth in a few territories, yet the cobblestone lanes in Old Town’s Romantic Zone still overflow with appeal. This is Gay Puerto Vallarta Central, with little lodgings and hotels, art galleries, nightspots from “dives” to smooth martini parlors, and endless beach restaurants worthy of a visit.
Puerto Vallarta simply feels more comfortable inside its skin. Gay-Friendly establishments are as inviting to straight clients — its about the spot and the activities, not about which group you’re in. This current year’s Vallarta Pride will reflect the growing number of lesbian travelers to the area as well, offering a ladies only party organized by lesbians.
The Gay Pride Festival commences Thursday night, May 22, with an opening gathering at Mantamar Beach Club Bar and Grill on Los Muertos Beach for mixed drinks and a viewing of “Feel the Pride,” which archives the city’s LGBT history.