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As a popular gay vacation spot and international destination, Puerto Vallarta Mexico has plenty of gay excursions and activities for you to choose from. The gay-owned and gay-operated cruises and gay vacation tours in Puerto Vallarta are generally scheduled weekly during the "high season" winter months from November through March or April, with Diana's gay cruise-boat tour running once a week all year round. There are also a number of lovely getaways that might be fun to visit for day trips and which are listed below the gay tours section. Note: You may also want to check out the Puerto Vallarta Activities II page for other daylife, vacation activities and things to do such as biking, bird watching, boat tours, ecological tours, scuba diving, sightseeing, whale watching, golf and tennis that are not gay or lesbian owned or operated but may nonetheless be enjoyable and of interest to you.

gay vacation cruise - Pride Sisters show on the Amadeus cruise years ago, now defunctPuerto Vallarta Gay Cruises and Gay Tours

Boana Thermal Springs - 5pm-Midnight - every Tuesday
Enjoy the beauty of Nature, charming ambience of lighting by candles only and the natural hot springs. Men only. Includes transportation in a/c bus, open bar, BBQ chicken dinner with salad and potatoes. Minimum of 10 people necessary for this Puerto Vallarta gay tour. Departs from Boana Torre Malibu, 325 Amapas street at 4:45pm and returns around midnight. November to April only. Visit here for a few Boana gay thermal springs photos. $75 USD. Call Suzanne or Denis, Phone: 222-6695, 222-0999 

Boana Horseback Riding - 9:15am or 2:15pm - any Day except Sunday
From a ranch east of town you take a leisurely ride up the Cuale River, among the tropical deciduous forest and a river where you can stop for a dip at the cascade. Further on you stop a little ranch can provide some lunch and refreshments. Gay groups of two or more people, with a gay friendly guide or mixed gay/straight, with an English speaking guide. Includes snack and 2 drinks, and transportation to the ranch; bus or taxi back not included in price. $45 USD.  Contact Suzanne or Denis, Tel: 222-6695, 222-0999.

Boana Gay Cruise - any Day of the Week
Private charters available for any day of the week, sunset cruise or overnight. Contact Denis or Suzanne for prices and availability.  Tel: 222-0999 or 222-6695.

Diana's Gay Vallarta Cruise - 9:30am to 5pm - every Thursday
On a 48 ft. katamaran for a good time on Banderas Bay with swimming and sunbathing. The Diana's Tours Puerto Vallarta cruise includes continental breakfast, open national bar with unlimited beer, snacks, swimming and snorkeling and also a sit-down lunch at Las Animas beach. During the winter includes some whale and dolphin watching. This Puerto Vallarta gay cruise is quite popular and often sold out. Diana DeCoste is noted for her good service. Advance reservations are recommended and tickets available on-line or at the Hotel Abbey, Blue Chairs Resort and Hotel Mercurio. Boarding near the Puerto Vallarta Los Muertos pier. Post-cruise party at the Blue Chairs gay hotel. This well-established cruise in her 11th year, is the longest running Puerto Vallarta gay tour-excursion and runs every Thursday just about year round (Please note: Diana is taking some time off this year so her cruise will not be running from May 25-Oct 3, 2012; starting up again Thurs, October 24). Listed as one of the top Puerto Vallarta attractions-things to do at TripAdvisor. Diana may also offer private charters on Tues, Weds, Sat and Sun only. Cost of 950 Mexican pesos, plus tipping. Contact Diana DeCoste at Diana Tours - Puerto Vallarta or local Tel: 222-1510. (Diana's Tours and Discovery Vallarta also recommend this gay-friendly VIP transportation service from the airport to your hotel, condo or villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Be sure to read well the instructions and information on the website.)

Diana's Tours, the River Canopy - every Wednesday  (Dec-March)
Hosted by Sylvie, take a  break from the beach scene to ride the longest and highest cables in Puerto Vallarta. Located only 5km from the town limits, this gay canopy tour will have you soaring through the Sierra Madres at a height of 200 meters or 655 feet! The last two cables take you down to the river where you can refresh yourself in cool pristine waters. Getting back up the mountain will be a 30 minute adventurous ride by mule. Don't miss this great chance to fly high in the sky. This gay tour includes welcome beverage and tequila tour. Bring comfortable shoes, swimsuit, pocket money. Leaves at 12:30pm. A private guide will be provided for groups of 5 or more. $60 USD. For more details, website at or call Diana at local Tel: 222-1510

Diana's Tours, the Whale Tour - every Monday and Tuesday  (Dec-March)
Hosted by Sylvie, who will take you directly to the areas where these gigantic, beautiful creatures can be seen playing and breaching and close enough for you to take that perfect photo of some humpback whales. The gay tour includes soft drinks, water, beer and a light snack. Please arrive 11:15am for check in, leaves at 11:30am from Los Muertos Pier. Fifteen persons maximum and only Dec-Mar for $50 USD. Mon and Tues, 11:30am-2:30pm. For more details, website at or call Diana at local Telephone: 222-1510

gay vallarta bar hopping tour Jan 7 at pacos ranch with christian, edgar, melinda and friendsGay Vallarta Bar-Hopping Tour - 8pm-1am - every Friday and Saturday
A personalized tour every Friday and Saturday evening from 8pm-1am conducted by host Christian Gutierrez, a bilingual local gay guy. The program is for you to have some fun, get to know the area and its local gay hot spots and make some new friends. This hot gay Vallarta bar and club hopping tour includes: dinner, 1 welcome shot and visits to four bars, one male stripper bar, and two night-clubs (free cover and VIP access), with one national or well drink at each place. You'll also receive a VIP bar-hopping wrist band (over $100 USD value for use at local businesses). This popular tour currently costs $65 USD or 800 pesos. Listed as #4 out of the 94 Puerto Vallarta tours-things to do at Trip Advisor. Be part of this new Puerto Vallarta gay adventure by meeting at 7:45pm at the Hotel Mercurio at 168 Francisca Rodriguez street. Further information and photos on the Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping (facebook) and their new website at - check it out! Reservations: with your info, number of people and date; or call local Cellular: 044-322-138-9863

Go Gay Jungle Adventure - every Friday
A day of ziplining, local Mexican food, tequila tasting, a beautiful waterfall hike, and all-around GAYziness every Friday with your personal guide in Nogalito on the Punta Negra river, located just 8-10 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. The full day excursion departs at 9am and returns at 5pm, at $120 USD per person; half day trips depart at 11am and return at 2:30pm, $75 USD per person. Tour departs from the South Side at the corner of Olas Altas and Carranza streets in front of Daiquiri Dick’s restaurant. Contact Andrew and Logan via their GoGayPuertoVallarta(facebook) site. Tel: 222-3495, Cell: 044-322-100-5477.

Jungle Secret Oasis  - 12:30pm-6pm - Wednesday and Friday  (Nov-March)
The clothing-optional jungle resort-excursion. River white beach, swimming, cascades, waterfalls, trails for hiking, some sunbathing, open bar and an authentic Mexican light meal are included, 15-20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta up the Cuale River. Bus departs Weds and Fri from 388 Lazaro Cardenas street in front of the La Hacienda restaurant. No reservations needed. $40 USD. Note: starts up again November 2010. website: or Cell: 044-322-168-9377

gay cruise puerto vallarta party timePuerto Vallarta Sunset Party Cruise - 2pm to Sunset - every Weds (Oct 20 thru March)
Party party!! This lively gay sailing cruise (photo at left) includes open national bar, snacks and lunch, the latest dance music, go-go guys, swimming & snorkeling at Los Arcos depending on weather, and then a fun time at sandy Colomitos beach. Boarding starts at Los Muertos beach pier around 1:30pm, leaving at 2pm, cruising south to see a good deal of Puerto Vallarta and the South Shores from Banderas Bay. $75 USD or 900 pesos. Pre-sale tickets for the Puerto Vallarta Sunset Party Cruise (website) are available at La Noche martini lounge, Colors store, or on-line. Some of the very attractive go-go guys from the gay cruise are also out on the Vallarta gay beach in red speedos promoting their excursion from Sat-Weds. Note: Continues through the winter tourist season probably until the end of March or April. Private charter party cruises on alternate dates may be available for groups of 10 or more. See the Gay Puerto Vallarta Sunset Party Cruise video below. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hat, swimsuit and towel, camera, sunglasses and some extra cash, as drinks are not included at the restaurant stop at Las Animas, and you'll definitely want to tip the on-board crew and go-go boys.  Cellular: 044-322-150-4755

Wet and Wild Gay Cruise - 12 Noon-5:30pm - every Saturday
Half-day cruise on Saturday afternoons by the Sunset Party Cruise guys. This year-round gay cruise includes open national bar, snorkeling, light lunch and music by request. The excursion visits Los Arcos nature reserve where you can see the unique rock formations, sea birds and fish while snorkeling, then pass by the old set of the 1964 film The Night of the Iguana, touring along the beautiful coastline on the lookout for whales, dolphins and sea turtles to Colomitos beach to do some sun-tanning. Then to Las Animas beach for lunch. Check out their new Youtube video for the Gay Wet and Wild Cruise. Begins boarding from near Los Muertos Pier at 11:45am and departing at 12 noon, the Wet and Wild Gay Cruise returns at about 5:30pm. Bring along sunscreen, swimsuit, towels, camera, hat and sunglasses and some extra cash for tips to staff and the go-go guys. Pre-sale tickets at $75 USD on-line at Puerto Vallarta W&W Gay Cruise. Female and straight friends welcome as well. More information at Cell phone: 044-322-150-4755.

Whale Watching with Ocean Friendly Tours - 8:45am until 1:30-2:30pm - Dec. 8 to Mar. 23 only
Oscar Frey is an Oceanologist and whale photographer. He started his Puerto Vallarta whale watching tours in Banderas Bay in 1994, while also running a research program involving humpback whale distribution, numbers and behavior in this part of the Mexican Pacific. Oscar is also a consultant to the Department of Oceanography and Eco-Tourism. The Responsible Whale Watching Tours with Ocean Friendly includes: illustrated field guides; a meal service of homemade pannini sandwiches, condiments, snacks, fruit, bottled purified water and soft drinks; restroom facilities on the 30-foot boat; and a hydrophone system of underwater microphones to listen in on the whale songs and dolphins while on the boat. Advance reservation required. Oscar is gay but the tours are open to all, for 4-8 persons. I have received and read excellent reports of the Ocean Friendly tours, which is one of the most highly regarded and rated of any Puerto Vallarta tours-excursions. Well recommended. Note: Whale tours from Dec 8-Mar 23 only. $99 US per adult person. See photos from some terrific Puerto Vallarta humpback whale tours.  Meet at and return to Los Peines Pier, Marina Vallarta. Cellular phone: 044-322-294-0385; Tel: 225-3774.

Ecology Note: We ask our friends and clients to boycott the jet skis which pollute the air and water, endanger wildlife and diminish natural quiet. Reports show that at least 25% of their fuel goes directly into the water and we'd like to help with the current efforts to clean up Puerto Vallarta waters and Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta Getaways - Excursions
If you want to get away, there are cruises and tours that will take you out of Puerto Vallarta, some of which are listed above on this gay Activities page, or over at the straight-owned and operated Puerto Vallarta tours page. Here below are a few of the lovely places you can visit to further enjoy your stay in Vallarta and the Bay area. Go here for further information and photos of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay beaches.

puerto vallarta botanical gardens - photos thank to jesus reyesPuerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens
With agaves and other native plants, orchids, restaurant, river swimming - the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (photo left) are located approximately 12-14 miles (at km 24 Highway to Barra de Navidad) south of Puerto Vallarta in the Sierra Madre mountains. Located on 20 acres of land, the botanical collections feature over three thousand different species of plants. At 1,300 feet above sea level their gardens are in a unique tropical dry forest ecosystem. Against this lovely backdrop of soaring mountain peaks, there is much to experience: palm and agave gardens, rose garden, tree fern grotto, tropical bird watching, orchid house, jungle trails, displays of Mexican wildflowers and the carnivorous plant collection. You can bring your swimsuit and enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal clear Rio Los Horcones." The Hacienda de Oro restaurant on the premises also offers refreshments and food at reasonable prices. For more Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden photos. Established in 2005, admission is 50 pesos, about $4.20 US. Info at  Tues-Sun, 9am-6pm

It was here in the village of Mismaloya, approximately 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, that the movie "The Night of the Iguana" was filmed by John Huston in 1963. A part of the original set is still in existence, and if one knows the movie, walking onto the set can be an experience. Nearby is a restaurant named in its honor, with food, drink and views of the bay. The small beach at Mismaloya has several restaurants and there are boats for rent for a trip to the rock formations at Los Arcos. The movie Predator was also filmed in Mismaloya in the 1980s. Horses are available for jungle rides, and a trip up the Mismaloya River to the restaurant Chino's Paradise is popular. 

A small village on the south bay past Mismaloya, accessible only by boat. Many of the day cruises drop anchor here for several hours so that their passengers can horseback ride up to the popular waterfall in the mountains.  Several palapa roofed restaurants line the cove in Quimixto. If you want a quiet and still undeveloped area for relaxing and taking in some of the natural beauty of the Bay, try this getaway for an afternoon. You can get to any of the south bay villages by water taxi from the small village of Boca de Tomatlan. Or hire your own boat in Boca or in the nearby village of Mismaloya, and then you can take a spin to some secluded beach or village!

puerto vallarta majahuitas getaway South Shores - gay PV travelMajahuitas
Majahuitas (photo left) is a secluded, picturesque cove surrounded by verdant hills between Quimixto and Yelapa. A quaint beach resort hotel and restaurant can provide accommodations and food. The small beach is one of the loveliest in the south bay and the area is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. The Puerto Vallarta getaway of Majahuitas is famous among scuba divers for its underwater canyon just outside the cove.

Yelapa is the most remote fishing village on the South Shore of the bay, also accessible only by boat. It is popular because of its beauty and the slow pace of life, and is known as something of an artist retreat and hippie hangout. Several day cruises stop there for a few hours and like Quimixto there is a river and popular waterfall. Yelapa is very laid back and has real charm, with palapas and seafood restaurants on the beach and small bungalows and houses that dot the jungle hillsides. There are few telephones and no cars, gracias a Dios. Electricity has recently made its way to the village, which used to go dark around 10pm after everyone turned off their generators. One of the restaurants becomes something of a night spot/disco in the evening. Lodging is still reasonably priced. There are water taxis from Puerto Vallarta and the village of Mismaloya which go to Yelapa that run in the morning and afternoon. Here's the general schedule, but you should double check these times before making your final plans: Leaving Los Muertos pier to Yelapa: 10am, 11am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm; leaving Yelapa to Vallarta's Los Muertos pier: 7:30am, 8:30am, 9am, 10:30am, 3pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

Bucerias is a village of several thousand people located about 15 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. Bucerias is more relaxed than Vallarta and has a small expatriate community. Many pleasant accommodations with moderate prices are on or near the water and the town has the longest stretch of beach on Banderas Bay. Now popular with many Canadian tourists because of its more economical prices for food and lodging, Bucerias' architecture is noted for cupolas (domes), and there are hundreds of them on buildings throughout the town. Open air palapa roofed restaurants serve fresh seafood and the uncrowded beaches have gentle surf. Joann Quickstad and Patricia Mendez, who lived in Puerto Vallarta for many years, now reside in Bucerias and manage Casa Tranquila with one bedroom apartments. Joann practices massage with Swedish, reflexology and aromatherapy. Tel: (329)-298-1767

Twenty miles or so beyond Bucerias, but on the Pacific coast, is a favorite gringo getaway, the small picturesque village of Sayulita with its two thousand inhabitants. Surfers like it because the cove there gives good waves pretty much the whole year (the best waves are Nov-Apr), and it is the favorite surf spot in the Banderas Bay area. Several of Mexico's finest (and handsomest) surfers live and surf here - long board and short board are both popular. There are pleasant beach-front restaurants, including the upscale Don Pedro's and the popular Capitan Pablo's, as well as bungalows, villas, guest houses and camp grounds.

The dusty streets of the town all converge on the small town square, which has several restaurants, an ice cream shop and grocery store, a coffee shop, the church and town billiard hall, a row of houses and a bar or two facing it. This is the look of hundreds of small villages in Mexico. As Janelle Brown reported in the NY Times in 2003 the town of Sayulita, Nayarit still "retains its traditional lifestyle: residents buy fish off the beach, chicken from the woman in the square, and everything else (mops, strainers, plastic chairs) from the trucks that occasionally drive around town." The town is being rather rapidly developed, alas,. The Sayulita beach is long and lovely and is one of my favorite getaways.  Go to this page for some Sayulita photos

Following 4 pictures from Puerto Vallarta Diana's gay tours and cruises, thanks to Diana DeCoste

Diana's gay cruise vallarta on the katamaran    Diana on her gay and lesbian cruise    puerto vallarta diana's gay cruise  - gay vallarta Bay excursion
photos from Diana's year-round gay and lesbian cruise-tour boat trips,
one of the ever-popular Puerto Vallarta things to do

secret jungle oasis tour - gay puerto vallarta guide    
Jungle secret oasis excursion above

boana tours    boana party cruise Vallarta - photos by benoit    a great lucky find on the boana cruise
Three pictures from the Boana gay vacation boat cruises & bay tours thanks to Benoit

puerto vallarta gay cruises on the sunset party excursion    puerto vallarta gay cruises the W&W    
3 photos above thanks to Edgar and the fun guys at the Gay Puerto Vallarta Sunset Party Cruise
and the Puerto Vallarta Wet and Wild gay cruise

boana hot spring gay tours-excursion
Boana hot springs gay tour

Puerto Vallarta Gay Cruise & Tours Photos

two photos from the lovely natural attraction the gay-owned Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens


yelapa mexico restaurant - picture thanks to william clark    surfing in sayulita, nayarit beach resort town    chico's paradise restaurant - pic thanks to ibarra tours
Yelapa restaurant; surfing in Sayulita (more photos) Nayarit; Chico's Paradise south of Mismaloya

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