Daylife, Tours & Activities
You'll find plenty of ways to wait out the daytime until your next trip to the bars and discos. During the daytime you might be inspired to do some shopping or browse through the many art galleries in Vallarta. We have dedicated separate pages for those, so we won't repeat much about those ideas here. Vallarta has many options for relaxation during the day including our gay beaches and many organized gay cruises and tours. Unless your accommodations have satellite TV, the half dozen channels that are in English on the cable system here just might not do! So, what else is there after TV in the daytime? Part of the reason to visit the tropics is to enjoy the outdoor life that our climate makes possible.
It's usually called the blue chairs, which really is one beach restaurant's section of this special beach on the southside of Puerto Vallarta. Los Muertos is the busiest beach area in Vallarta, and one section of it is very gay: around the beach concession commonly known as the blue chairs. Spread out under little palapa (thatched) umbrellas are literally blue beach chairs, where our kind of people tend to hang out. So many, in fact, that the gay beach area always included the green chairs of the Ritmos Cafe concession area too, immediately south of the blue chairs.
The gay beach continues to expand. A short way further north is Club Lido, a small gay owned beach club with very classy service and great food.
In these beach clubs you'll find hundreds of gay men and women sitting under the palapas or on towels nearer the surf line, soaking up the hot Mexican sun and socializing with gays from all over the world.
Once at the beach you'll immediately come in contact with the many beach vendors, who are licensed and very territorial. There are various things being sold, all by differing vendors, since there are separate licenses for each kind of item. You'll be offered fruit, ice cream, fresh pies, newspapers, silver jewelry, clothing items, tickets to cruises and tours, Mexican blankets, and many more items. This is the place to bargain, you should never pay the asking price, although even with great bargaining skills you won't get as good a price here as when you shop for these items away from the beach. After a while it can get irritating to some, because these vendors keep coming around. Our recommendation is to stay relaxed and get used to saying politely (but firmly) "no, gracias" and don't let it bother you.
The beach is easy to find, it is less than a quarter mile south of the pier located at the foot of Francisca Rodriguez Street. The blue and green chairs are marked on our map (see map). In case your gaydar isn't working when you get there and you need help finding the place, the Blue Chairs flies a rainbow flag on top of their restaurant building. If taking a taxi to the beach it is best to tell the driver "Blue Chairs - Los Muertos."
Vallarta Botanical Gardens opened its gates less than four years ago. Since then it has grown to become one of Puerto Vallarta's most fabulous “must see” tourist attractions. The Gardens will be closed on Mondays beginning April 1. We will also be closed for the entire month of September.
Zoologico de Vallarta
Located in Mismaloya, Zoologico de Vallarta is surrounded by lush jungle vegetation in one of Puerto Vallarta's most exotic zones. This naturally tropical environment provides the perfect setting for the zoo's more than 400 mammal, bird and reptile inhabitants.
These beach clubs on Playa Los Muertos are gay owned or cater to the gay audience.
Blue Chairs Beach Club
This is the original gay beach club of PV. Standard beach fare is served up. Located immediately in front of the Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea.
Lido Beach Club
The Lido Club includes menu selections from Southern France, Italy, Greece and Northern Africa with cold items featuring soups, sandwiches, salads, pastas as well as hot items from grilled sausages, fresh fish and kebabs, and many signature desserts including homemade ice creams.
Mangos Beach Club
Located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta a few blocks from boardwalk, enjoy the best rest, comfort, luxury, relaxation and fun in our corner of the beach, with fine sand and calm waters certified for quality and cleanliness.
Schools and Classes
A hands-on exploration of authentic Mexican cuisine by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Miriam Flores. Includes a 6-7 course meal with dessert and a glass of wine.
There are several folks selling tickets and assisting visitors. Your best bet is always to stick to the well known and reputable folks listed here for the straight dope.
Vacation adviser and personal concierge
Blue Chairs Concierge
Convenient to the gay beach, the concierge desk in the Blue Chairs Resort is happy to assist all gay visitors (regardless of whether they are staying in the hotel) with reliable ticketing and advice.
Boana Tour Desk
All the best tours tailored to the gay community are available here at the Boana Office. Open to the public, office is open during the daytime only.
My Own Concierge
Wouldn't it be nice to have your own private travel expert and concierge located in Puerto Vallarta to take care of all your travel needs? Now you can with My Own Concierge.
PV Fishing and Sailing
Their motto is "Small Groups Big Memories". Specializing in groups of 4 to 40 people providing executive vans, full + half day trips, Yelapa water taxis, private charters for fishing excursions, and sailboat or luxury yacht rentals.
For all kinds of tours and activities
There are several tour companies and cruises to choose from if you're interested in getting off that beach and doing something else. With the beauty out there that is Banderas Bay, the most common type of tour is a gay cruise. You can also choose horseback riding tours and shopping tours. All tours listed here are for the gay community. There are countless others (straight tours) that we don't detail here.
For a full calendar of all the gay tours click here!.
From a ranch north of Vallarta you take a leisurely ride up the hillside among the tropical deciduous forest and river, where you can stop for a dip. A hilltop restaurant provides some food and drinks and quite a view. Gay groups of two or more people, with a gay friendly guide. Transportation to/from the ranch is included.
Day Hopping Experience
Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer and a night tour is just not enough. Christian now offers a quality day hopping tour. The same standards, values, professionalism, and friendliness as the night tour but now during the day!
Diana DeCoste, your fabulous cruise hostess, is celebrating her 14th successful year here in Puerto Vallarta, with her now famous gay and lesbian cruises.
Estigo has ATVs and scooters for rental and also offer organized tours on ATV and scooters.
GO GAY! El Tuito Escape
Join GO GAY! Puerto Vallarta as they travel south down the Palms to Pines highway to the pueblo of El Tuito and their destination… Hacienda Divisidero.
GO GAY! Jungle Adventure
Join GO GAY! Puerto Vallarta as they enjoy a great day of canopy ziplining, local Mexican food, tequila tasting, and all-around GAYziness with your personal GO GAY! host for your exclusive private canopy zipline adventure.
GO GAY! Rio Cuale Adventure
Join GO GAY! Puerto Vallarta as they enjoy a beautiful day in the Sierra Madre Mountains and along the Cuale River with your personal local cowboy guide for this day-long adventure.
Malecon Sculpture Tour
Spend a pleasant morning walking Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon while learning about the many bronze sculptures located along the waterfront.
Ocean Friendly Tours
Tours with Ocean Friendly are an experience out of a National Geographic Special, with an informed, enthusiastic, guide who is able to explain what is going on in English vividly and clearly.
Departing from Casa Cupula at 10.30am every Saturday, they take you to the PV harbor to embark on the beautiful classic 45' Sailboat "ADA". You'll enjoy a half day of sailing, swimming and snorkeling, with open bar service and a gourmet lunch of your choice.
Vallarta Eats Food Tour
Vallarta Eats food tours won’t take you to the usual tourist restaurants. You'll visit the places that locals love and sample some of the most delicious, authentic Mexican food Puerto Vallarta has to offer.
Wet & Wild Gay Cruise
This half-day Saturday cruise is hosted by the guys from "Sunset Party Cruise".
Organized gay group events in the evening or late at night.
Boana Hot Springs
Come enjoy the beauty of nature, in a charming ambiance lit only by candles. Experience the feeling of natural hot water...For Men Only.
Get to know Gay Vallarta's nightlife with this new gay tour with a well known bi-lingual hot gay tour guide.
Vallarta Eats Food Tour
Vallarta Eats food tours won't take you to the usual tourist restaurants. You'll visit the places that locals love and sample some of the most delicious, authentic Mexican food Puerto Vallarta has to offer.