Nestled against the Pacific Ocean with stunning bay and mountain views, Vallarta is home to some of Mexico’s highest rated resort towns. The area exudes traditional Mexican charm, with plenty to do both in town and on the water. Snorkeling, diving and kayaking are worthwhile excursions, as humpback whale and dolphin sightings are common. In the nearby tropical jungle, you can also try more adventurous outings, like mountain biking, bungee jumping and zip lining through the forest canopy. In Puerto Vallarta, stroll the boardwalks to watch artists craft sculptures outside, or stop by the “Romantic Zone” for an intimate meal al fresco.
Same-sex marriage in Mexico is currently legal in Mexico City and Riviera Nayarit. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for additional information.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Mexico. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of Mexico, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The peso is the currency of Mexico, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
The climate is semi-tropical with an average temperature of 75 degrees F in winter months and 85 degrees F in summer. The rainy season is from June to September.
Puerto Vallarta is nestled along the shoreline of Mexico's largest natural bay and has palm-lined beaches with clear blue waters. Los Muertos Beach is a gay-friendly beach and has a great pier for people watching. Pack a picnic for Garza Blanca Beach, which the locals enjoy in peace on the weekend. To explore the bay’s natural caves and underwater tunnels, be sure to check out Los Arcos National Park.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The Malecón, Puerto Vallarta’s half-mile promenade, lines the city’s historic center with great shops and restaurants. For couples, schedule time in the “Romantic Zone,” a made-for-lovers, intimate square. Climbing the Matamoros lighthouse offers a great workout and sweeping views of one of the world’s largest bays, while a day sailing gets you close to humpback whales and dolphins.
At night, sunset dinner cruises are popular and there are dozens of LGBT-friendly lounges and clubs, like Mañana, to keep you busy well after sunset.
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