The main LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in Mexico

Mexico proudly promotes LGBTQ+ tourism, given that this segment represents at least 35 million travelers worldwide, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). These tourists spend up to 15 percent more than other segments and travel at any time of the year, growing as a segment annually by 10.3 percent.

According to figures from the Mexican Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR), every year around 3.5 million members of the LGBTQ+ community visit the destination.

Here’s a look at the top five destinations where LGBTQ+ travelers will not only feel welcome, but can also enjoy plenty of exciting dining options, lively clubs, and group culture.

Vallarta Port

One of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Jalisco. Puerto Vallarta is famous for being one of the favorite tourist destinations of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2017 it was approved as a “gay tourist destination” by gaytravel.com and even more so, Puerto Vallarta has been considered the “Mexican San Francisco”.

mayan riviera

Located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea in Quintana Roo, this paradise of white sand beaches and turquoise waters offers a wide variety of options for couples and members of the LGBT+ community, such as extensive beaches, gastronomy, nightlife and historical sites.

Mexico City
Mexico City is considered within the LGBTQ+ Friendly options because it not only recognizes but also protects the rights of people. (Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)

Mexico City

Mexico City is considered among the most LGBTQ+ friendly options because it not only recognizes but also protects the rights of the people who are part of this community. Among the most visited neighborhoods are the so-called “Zona Rosa” that offers a wide range of entertainment to make the most of the night, as well as Roma, Condesa and Juárez.

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guadalajara

The capital of Jalisco is also considered the “Gay Capital of Mexico” for its openness to the LGBTQ+ community. It is among the five most LGBTQ+ Friendly cities in Latin America along with cities such as Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile and the aforementioned Mexico City.

acapulco

Acapulco’s nightlife is one of the liveliest in Mexico, so you won’t have any trouble finding bars and restaurants with shows, as well as “discotheques” and nightclubs.

Aisha and Lexie, travel influencers and LGBTQ+ activists, enjoy a game of volleyball on the beach.
Aisha and Lexie, travel influencers and LGBTQ+ activists, enjoy a game of volleyball on the beach. (photo courtesy of Giles Duley for Celebrity Cruises)

Going forward

The Mexican government works with the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) and the company Queer Destinations, promoting the segment to achieve the accreditation of destinations and companies in 2022.

In the second quarter of the year, Los Cabos, in Baja California Sur, and some hotels already have this accreditation, such as W Mexico City and Hyatt Regency Mexico City, in Mexico City; Thompson Playa del Carmen, Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen and TRS Coral Hotel, in Quintana Roo; The Westin Guadalajara, in Jalisco; Hostik Hostal and TRS Yucatán Hotel, in Yucatán; as well as 19 properties of the City Hotels chain and AVASA-Hertz, a car rental company.

“We provide security, quality service to the traveler in this segment, as well as comfortable spaces free of all discrimination, promoting inclusive and diverse tourism,” explained the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués.

In Mexico, according to the National Survey on Sexual and Gender Diversity carried out in 2021 by the National Institute of Statistics, Geography (INEGI), 5 million people identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ+ population, and 64.3 percent of this total it is economically active, making it a vital niche for the recovery of the tourism industry in this phase of the pandemic.

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