AARP and Expedia travel compiled the top 11 cities for LGBTQ Seniors to travel and retire! Discover why they call Puerto Vallarta the Gay Beach Capital of Mexico and why is was included on the list! Its gay roots date back to the 1980s when expats began building gay businesses in the area. Then in 2016, the state of Jalisco legalized same-sex marriage. The beach town continues to thrive as an LGBT destination, becoming a favorite among tourists and retirees alike.
Play: Zona Romantica is the gay neighborhood, but join an LGBT-specific tour to find out more about the area. Stake a spot down at Playa de los Muertos and stop in one of the many gay bars when you get thirsty. There are tons of attractions in Puerto Vallarta. Between exploring Isla del Rio Cuale and nearby Vallarta Botanical Gardens, you’ll soon realize the allure of this coastal hot spot.
Stay: There aren’t any LGBT retirement home options, but it’s very welcoming to gay retirees. Many expats enjoy the city for its affordable living and easy access to healthcare. Gay hotels, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and condo rentals abound.
Mark your calendar: Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride is a week-long celebration that takes place each May. Festivities include parades, cultural events, parades, and more! Many Bear and White Party weeks during the year also!
There will be an estimated 7 million LGBT seniors living in the U.S. by 2030. Now more than ever, it’s important for gay seniors to have access to safe and welcoming places to visit and settle down.
See the other cities on the list here.