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Puerto Vallarta MUST SEE

We have been fans of Galleria Dante for years now. And we absolutely love the new addition, Di Vino Dante, which opened in 2013.

Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante, even though two separate businesses, are both located in an old hacienda style villa at Basilio Badillo #269.

After meeting in Puerto Vallarta in 1986, Claire and Joe Guarniere, inspired by Dante and Beatrice and their mutual love of Italy, began their family business in 1988 with an Italian restaurant called “Pizza Joe” and a small classical art gallery.

In 1995, their passion for art outweighed the long hours in the restaurant business so they opened “Galleria Dante”, which is now the largest and most eclectic fine art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, exhibiting the works of more than 50 artists –from emerging to well established museum artists (both painters and sculptors). Of these artists 90% are Mexican-born. The countless pieces are arranged in the European “salon” style throughout the massive gallery’s eight rooms, including a beautiful open-air courtyard, which is my favorite part!

In 2013, Gena, born and raised in the family businesses, opened Di Vino Dante, a wine and Tapas bar overlooking the gallery’s sculpture garden which also offers larger plates. The restaurant also rotates art from the gallery, offering the opportunity for diners to purchase art while enjoying a fine glass of wine or cocktail. . During her second year at University “UBC” in Vancouver, British Columbia, she took “Wine Science”, to complete her Science credit. It changed her life. Growing up in an Italian family, surrounded by art and after numerous summers in Italy, she had never developed a taste for wine. With her interest peaked, and a new found love of wine, she took more wine classes, in what free time she had in completing her Fine Art degree. After studying wine theory and tasting hundreds of bottles of wine, she dreamed of how to work in the business.

Both business continue to evolve and grow, the gallery always in search of new artists, the wine bar offering new menu items and an extensive wine cellar. Later this season, Di Vino Dante will be opening the rooftop garden, which will also be available for special events and private parties.

Galleria Dante and Di Vino Dante are located at Basilio Badillo #269 in the Old Town / Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta. New artwork comes in on a regular basis, and the restaurant offers weekly specials, so even if you have visited Galleria Dante in the past, it is always worth another visit.

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Puerto Vallarta is THE BEST!

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If you follow  our  network  of sites, (BestGayTravelGuide.com, BestGayCities.com, BestGayPuertoVallarta.com, BestGayChicago.com, BestGayNews.com, etc)  you know we are ALWAYS  raving about  Puerto Vallarta!  We have been coming here  since  1985  and  have watched it blossom into  a  #1  destination!

 

WE AGREE  AND  HAVE VOTED  @  TRAVVY  AWARDS,  that  Puerto Vallarta is –

Best City Destination – Mexico

Best Culinary Destination – Mexico

Best Family Destination – International

and Best LGBTQ Destination – International!

 

It’s very affordable  and  not  over crowded, even though it has gained  tremendous popularity – it retains it’s  charm!

 

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Puerto Vallarta is Very Safe!

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The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board deeply regrets the events that occurred this week in one of the city’s restaurants and confirms that no tourist was involved or affected in this incident. As an immediate safety measure, security has been reinforced in Puerto Vallarta to ensure that residents as well as tourists can continue with their normal activities.

Puerto Vallarta’s La Leche Restaurant was the scene of a particular kidnapping of the son of el Chapo this past Monday. The incident was very specific and the people who did it came into the city for this specific and only reason. They left with what seems to be 3 people, including the son of el Chapo.

Puerto Vallarta was not affected at all by this as it happened at 1 am and the restaurant was closed and everything is as it always is in PV. All hotels are open and with visitors and all tours are working as normal.

The Governor of the State of Jalisco, Aristoteles Sandoval, announced earlier that an investigation involving different security forces on the Federal, State and Municipal, levels was launched, as well as the authorities of the neighboring state of Nayarit, to find those responsible. Early findings from the investigation led by the State Attorney of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer, stated that in a first examination, the victims and perpetrators belong to criminal groups from another region of the country, confirming the likelihood of this being an isolated case.

“As representatives of the tourism community of Puerto Vallarta, a city recognized by the warmth of its people and the ease with which visitors enjoy the destination’s diverse offerings, we do not tolerate violence of any kind,” said Agustin Alvarez general director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “We are following the instructions by the different government authorities and encourage the community to do the same; as well as pay attention to information and facts solely communicated by the authorities in charge, in order to dispel false rumors and avoid confusion that do not represent the actual situation in Puerto Vallarta and ensure we do not compromise the security of our residents and tourists.”

It is important to note that the authorities are taking the necessary measures and Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with all tourism services and attractions open and following their regular schedules without any interruptions.

We hope that this isolated and unprecedented event has minimal impact in our city. We are committed to proactively providing accurate information from official sources in a timely manner in order to keep our industry, residents and travelers informed, safe and well taken care of at all times.

 

In the 15 years I PERSONALLY have been going to PUERTO VALLARTA – I have ALWAYS FELT SAFE! I can not stress this enough!

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Gay Travel to Belize…and El Secreto

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Explore unspoiled Caribbean islands, reefs and tropical rainforests with world-class scuba diving, sailing, fishing, hiking, Maya sites.

Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America. The weather is mild, the beaches are spectacular, the history is rich, and yes, it is a land of swaying palm trees, azure waters and colorful sunsets. PARADISE! With daily flights from many cities across North America, getting here is easier than you would imagine.

This is an absolutely fascinating country and the only English and Spanish speaking nation immediately south of Mexico with which it shares a land border.

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I have some dear friends that have been going to Belize for over 20 years. In recent years Belize has been garnering major international buzz and for sure there is no signs of it slowing down. With its amazing flora, fauna; breath taking natural resources; the quick accessibility to both a rain forest and a Caribbean beach complete with palms and white sandy beaches are all reasons why people return to these shores year after year.

While the country is experiencing more tourists, and thus more diversity in recent years, it’s still very much a conservative democracy. Public displays of affection of all kinds are generally discouraged. Some people will be shocked by gay PDA, so be discreet and mindful of the country’s attitudes. Just be respectful and enjoy the natural scenery; you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

Belize is a romantic and adventuresome destination where you can lounge in luxurious accommodations with a lover, or explore caves and go deep-sea diving with friends. The beautiful tranquility of the natural Belizean geographical features will leave you breathless though, so don’t let that small setback keep you from visiting this idyllic land! From Cerros Maya in the north to the stone walls of Lubaantun in the south, Belize is truly the heart of this once great and mysterious culture.

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WHEN TO GO? Anytime! The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect all year round.

WHERE TO STAY? There are more than 200 islands in Belize that are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”) that are easy accessible and can serve as ideal bases for fishing, snorkeling and diving. For me personally, I don’t care for the big international hotel chains – I prefer smaller, quaint and romantic places to stay.

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El Secreto nestles 13 exclusive individual thatched roof villas with a smart combination of contemporary and traditional elements. This beautiful gay friendly, secluded Boutique Resort sits on the Caribbean beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Paradise, privacy and beauty surround you!

(Temptation Island was filmed nearby on Ambergris, 36 miles north of Belize City, and the caye is the country’s liveliest, with open-air bars and restaurants spilling into the white sand in the main town, San Pedro. Ambergris Caye is the largest and most northern of Belize’s islands. It is twenty five miles long and parallels Belize’s barrier reef. Ambergris Caye, once claimed by Mexico, is separated from Mexico only by a narrow channel. Ambergris Caye is located east of the Corozal District. Its main town of San Pedro is about 36 miles from Belize City. Like Caye Caulker, Ambergris is a limestone coral island. It has cool tropical breezes and is literally a stones throw from the Barrier Reef in some places. )

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Appointed with fine Belizean tropical woods, marble finished bathrooms with a tandem bathtub, outdoor private jacuzzi and shower patio. All the villas are equipped with a King size bed, a state of the art led lighting system, air conditioning, iPod dock station, LCD TV, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, Melita coffee maker, 400 thread Egyptian cotton Vivenda linens and Malin & Goetz amenities. They have made many TOP 10 lists and won many awards for luxury experiences!

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Enjoy a unique dining experience at El Secreto Restaurant. A romantic setting where you can “feel” the breeze and admire a beautiful ocean view. It doesn’t get much better than this!

 

GET PAMPERED

 

with Spa services. Ikal meaning “spirit” in Maya, will reconnect you to the essence of life. A wonderful natural setting where you will indulge to a peaceful atmosphere enjoying Island rituals with the benefits of the sea, bamboo, tropical fruits, spices and aromatherapy.

 

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WIN PRIZES! Puerto Vallarta contest

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The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:

 

 

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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.

 

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Puerto Vallarta Was NOT Touched by Hurricane

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Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with 100% of its hotel and restaurant facilities open, as well as its International Airport (PVR), marina, cruise port and Convention Center. All domestic and international airlines as well as buses, taxis and other ground transport companies resumed their normal service schedule within  2  days  of the hurricane  scare.

I just got back from Puerto Vallarta  to celebrate  HALLOWEEN  and  take part in their  DAY OF THE DEAD festivities!   EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY  FINE THERE.  The  experienced  no damage  or problems  from the hurricane – because it missed them. Everything  is open  just like  business as usual!

 

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Gay Mexico – Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta, a true gay paradise

By Sebastián Sáenz @sebastiaenz

Picture yourself swinging on a hammock, tanning under the warm sun, having a refreshing margarita, listening to the waves splashing softly against each other, the smell of Rockefeller oysters approaching, and the best: holding hands with your partner with no inhibitions. Gay touristic destinations all over the world are increasing and getting better, but a true must is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

Mexican tourist service providers know no discrimination, since they are very well aware that our community likes to travel, spend on resorts, spas, shows, boutiques, restaurants and attractions; and our exquisite taste is as welcome as any other. The LGBT market represents over 15% of the global touristic expense, and we travel two or three times more than straight people. If this wasn’t enough, Mexico is one of the most broadminded and tolerant countries, but Puerto Vallarta is certainly a Pride Parade, since LGBT tourists all over visit it all year long to be who they are in this sublime shore. Also, the Mexican government recently made gay marriage a national legal reality, so gay weddings at Puerto Vallarta will rise to the top in the world.

Even though the whole city is friendly, there are some attractions that can be considered more universal, such as the fun Navy Pier or “Malecón”, the botanical gardens, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the little village of Sayulita, ecotourism, delicious food tours, the City Center, the Marina (where boats and yachts are available for renting), and even whale watching from December to April. However, of course there are options that our community enjoys more.

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It is actually curious to walk down the Malecón and watch families having fun at the beach and, after the Los Muertos Pier, start noticing more and more gay people as you walk along the beach. The big hotels are left behind and the noise of the City Center fades away as tourists enter to the so-called Romantic Zone, which also happens to be the gay zone. All along Los Muertos Beach our community feels like home, and there are all sorts of options.

The Marriot Hotel is internationally know for being one of the friendliest chains, but there are also boutique hotels such as Olas Altas Suites. Regarding friendly and breathtaking restaurants, I strongly recommend Café des Artistes, La Palapa and Michel’s. As for clubs, CC and Paco’s Ranch are the most popular. If you prefer something quieter, Garbo might be a better bar, but if you feel the kinky need to visit a strip club, Wet Dreams has gorgeous boys. The Blue Massage at Zona Romántica will make you feel brand new, and finally, for beach clubs, Blue Chairs and Sapphire Ocean Club welcomes us for a memorable day of sun, sand and sea.

You should really consider Puerto Vallarta for this summer vacation, or escape from the cold winter of your home town and celebrate Christmas this year. As you could see, there’s plenty of fun waiting for you. Don’t forget your sun block and a sassy swim suit!

More information at  BestGayPuertoVallarta.com


 

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Puerto Vallarta, un verdadero paraíso gay

Por Sebastián Sáenz @sebastiaenz

Imagínate meciéndote en una hamaca, bronceándote bajo el cálido sol, tomando una refrescante margarita, escuchando las olas chocar unas contra otras suavemente, oliendo ostiones Rockefeller acercarse, y lo mejor: tomando la mano de tu pareja sin inhibiciones. Destinos turísticos gay en todo el mundo están creciendo y mejorando, pero un lugar que debes conocer es Puerto Vallarta, México.

Los proveedores de servicios turísticos mexicanos no discriminan ya que saben muy bien que nuestra comunidad disfruta viajar y gastar en hoteles, spas, espectáculos, atracciones, boutiques y restaurantes; y nuestro gusto exquisito es tan bien recibido como cualquier otro. El mercado LGBT representa más del 15% de la inversión turística global, y viajamos dos o tres veces más que los heterosexuales. Si todo esto no fuera suficiente, México es uno de los países más progresistas y tolerantes, pero Puerto Vallarta es definitivamente una marcha del orgullo, ya que turistas LGBT de todo el mundo lo visitan todo el año para ser quienes son en esta playa sublime. Incluso el gobierno mexicano acaba de hacer del matrimonio igualitario una realidad legal nacional, así que las playas en Puerto Vallarta se irán a la cúspide.

Aunque toda la ciudad es amigable, hay algunas atracciones que pueden considerarse más universales, como el Malecón, los jardines botánicos, la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, el pequeño pueblo Sayulita, ecoturismo, deliciosos recorridos gastronómicos, el centro, la Marina (donde se pueden rentar botes y yates), e incluso ballenas de diciembre a abril. Sin embargo, claro que hay opciones que nuestra comunidad disfruta más.

Es curioso ir caminando por el Malecón y ver a las familias disfrutando la playa, pero pasando el muelle Los Muertos, empezar a notar más y más gente gay mientras se avanza sobre la playa. Los grandes hoteles se quedaron atrás y el ruido del centro se desvaneció mientras los turistas van ingresando en la llamada Zona Romántica, que es de hecho también la zona gay. Sobre la playa Los Muertos nuestra comunidad se siente en casa, y hay todo tipo de opciones.

El hotel Marriot es internacionalmente conocido por ser una de las cadenas más amigables, pero también hay hoteles boutique como Olas Altas Suites. En cuanto a restaurantes que quitan el aliento, recomiendo ampliamente Café des Artistes, La Palapa y Michel’s. Respecto a clubs, CC y Paco’s Ranch son los más populares. Si lo que se busca es algo más tranquilo, Garbo quizá sea un mejor bar, pero si se tienen ganas traviesas de buscar un club de strippers, Wet Dreams tiene chicos muy guapos. Blue Massage en Zona Romántica te hará sentir como nuevo, y finalmente, para clubes de playa, Blue Chairs y Sapphire Ocean Club nos dan la bienvenida para un memorable día de sol, arena y mar.

Puerto Vallarta debe considerarse indudablemente para este verano, o para escapar del frío invierno de la ciudad donde habites y celebrar Navidad este año. Como se ve, hay mucha diversión esperando. Que no se olviden el bloqueador solar y un traje de baño atrevido.

More information at  BestGayPuertoVallarta.com

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Gay Travel Tips Mexico City

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10 cosas que el turista gay debe hacer en la Ciudad de México

Por Sebastián Sáenz @sebastiaenz
(FOR ENGLISH – GO HERE)
Atención turistas gais: La Ciudad de México viene con todo. Se trata de una de las ciudades más grandes del mundo, con tanto que ofrecer que van a necesitar vacaciones para descansar de sus vacaciones. Y aunque es caótica, el tráfico es constante, y cualquier lugar está siempre lleno, créanme que vale la pena, y hasta la recomendarán y querrán regresar.
Pero antes de empezar, algunos consejos. Las horas pico son de 7 am a 10 am y de 5 pm a 9 pm, así que quizá quieran permanecer en un lugar durante esos tiempos, o caminar a sus destinos. El transporte público es barato, recomiendo las aplicaciones de taxis o servicios que sus hoteles provean, el metro es usualmente más seguro y rápido que los autobuses, el Metrobús está bien pero generalmente lleno, y en cuanto a opciones verdes, la ciudad ofrece un servicio público de bicicletas. También hablamos de la segunda ciudad con más museos en el mundo, así que prepárense para mucha cultura. Aunque la ciudad es relativamente segura, los turistas quizá deseen vestir discretamente, no exhibir aparatos ostentosos en cualquier parte, y evitar calles solitarias durante altas horas de la noche; como en cualquier gran ciudad. Y claro, esta es una de las ciudades más progresistas del mundo, así que siéntanse libres de dar besitos o tomar de la mano en público, ya que la mayoría de la gente es relativamente tolerante. Ahora sí, comencemos.
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1: Turibús

Yo mismo como turista he descubierto una técnica muy útil: en cuanto llego a una ciudad, tomo un recorrido turístico en autobús para obtener mucha información básica en poco tiempo, saber dónde está lo más importante, qué tan lejos está, y decidir qué quiero visitar a fondo. La Ciudad de México de hecho tiene varios Turibuses que permiten bajadas y subidas, así que administren su tiempo: Centro Histórico, Polanco, Sur, Basílica de Guadalupe, Cantinas, Lucha Libre, Palacios y Nocturno. Pregunten en su recepción por la estación más cercana. turibus.com.mx

2: Chapultepec

Una de las áreas más bellas de la urbe, con un gran bosque, lagos, actividades culturales como presentaciones folclóricas y ballet, el Museo de Antropología (quizá el mejor de la ciudad), la estructura de la Estela de Luz, y el Castillo, con una vista impactante. Estaciones de metro: Auditorio (línea naranja) y Chapultepec (línea rosa).
3: Colonia Roma
Probablemente la mejor zona para comer LO QUE SEA que deseen, y para todos los bolsillos. En este bello y amigable vecindario la mayoría de los restaurantes están sobre la avenida Álvaro Obregón y sus alrededores. Particularmente recomiendo el popular Mercado Roma (Querétaro 225). Estaciones: Metro- Insurgentes (línea rosa) y Chilpancingo (línea café). Metrobús: Álvaro Obregón, Sonora, Michoacán y Campeche (línea roja).
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4: Coyoacán
Un área tradicional. Las dos plazas centrales albergan la iglesia, el kiosco y la Fuente de los Coyotes. Hay excelentes restaurantes como Corazón de Maguey, y bares con música en vivo como El Hijo del Cuervo. A unas cuadras encontramos el museo de Frida Kahlo y los Viveros. Son obligatorios un churro de carrito, una nieve de puesto, y una taza en el Café La Selva. Estaciones de metro: General Anaya (línea azul).

 

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Nuestra kriptonita. Para quienes prefieren las mejores etiquetas, la avenida Presidente Masaryk en el exuberante Polanco debe visitarse para encontrar los mejores diseñadores internacionales (estación de metro Polanco, línea naranja). En cuanto a centros comerciales con cines, restaurantes, barras de alimentos, y claro, tiendas, Perisur (estación Perisur del Metrobús, línea roja), Antara (estación de metro Polanco), 222 (estación Insurgentes de la línea rosa del metro) y Santa Fe (solo accesible en auto) quizá sean los mejores centros de la ciudad. Y para una amplia y barata gama de artesanías, hay que visitar el mercado de la Ciudadela en el centro (estación Juárez de la línea verde olivo del metro). Si buscan un diseño mexicano de calidad (no ponchos y sombreros), la casa de Pineda Covalín ofrece los mejores diseños tradicionales y de moda.


6: Teotihuacán

El corazón de la civilización Azteca. Es uno de los parques históricos más grandes de América, con las pirámides de la Luna y el Sol que los aficionados del yoga aman tanto para meditar. Este sitio está de hecho a aproximadamente una hora de la ciudad, y pude requerir todo un día para visitarlo, pero vale la pena la excursión. Recomiendo AMPLIAMENTE el recorrido en globo aerostático, no es muy barato y es probable que quieran reservarlo con tiempo, pero la vista es sencillamente sublime (globosaerostaticosteotihuacan.tk). No olviden su bloqueador solar.

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7: La Condesa
Definitivamente la zona más en tendencia de la ciudad. Parejas jóvenes, hipsters, fashionistas… todos quieren un pedazo de La Condesa. Frente a la Colonia Roma (del lado opuesto de la avenida Insurgentes), este vecindario ofrece una masiva variedad de restaurantes, parques con perros y parejas, tiendas, cafeterías, bazares de fin de semana, pero sobre todo, los mejores bares para comenzar una noche memorable. Cualquier bar en las avenidas Tamaulipas o Michoacán, o alrededor del Parque México o la Fuente de la Cibeles (como Wallace o la terraza del vanguardista Hotel Boutique Codesa DF) quizá se encuentre lleno, incluso entre semana, pero es donde hay que ver y ser visto.

8: Centro Histórico
Claro que está en la lista. En el Zócalo se encuentra el Palacio Nacional (con murales de Diego Rivera, esposo de Frida), la Catedral, el Palacio de Bellas Artes, la Alameda Central, el museo del Templo Mayor y la avenida peatonal Madero (con más tiendas y restaurantes). El restaurante por excelencia es el Café Tacuba, pero yo recomiendo la terraza del antiguo Hotel México, con la mejor vista del Zócalo. Estaciones de metro: Zócalo (línea azul) y Bellas Artes (líneas azul y verde).

9: Vida Nocturna
Lo que estaban esperando. Aunque hay clubes nocturnos LGBT en toda la ciudad, yo programaría un loco fin de semana de shots de tequila y números de teléfono de la siguiente forma: una noche barata y despreocupada en los clubes del Centro Histórico Marrakech Salón, Marra 2.0 y La Purísima (estación Bellas Artes), una noche pretenciosa y con clase en Envy (solo viernes) o Guilt (solo sábado) (estación Polanco), y una universal para saltar de bar en bar en la Zona Rosa (estación de metro y Metrobús Insurgentes), el distrito gay. “Zona” tiene clubs para todos, como Lollipop (con Karaoke), Nicho (para osos), El Taller (underground solo para hombres), Botas (strip club) y Kinky (probablemente el más popular). La clave es llegar a la calle Amberes y dejarse llevar.


10: Reforma

Los Campos Elíseos mexicanos. En esta avenida los turistas encuentran el emblemático Ángel de la Independencia (el símbolo de la ciudad), la fuente de la Diana Cazadora, el Auditorio Nacional (donde se han presentado Coldplay y Shakira, por nombrar un par), Chapultepec y Zona Rosa, y está muy cerca del centro histórico. Es el lugar perfecto para terminar la semana, ya que los domingos durante el día los carriles centrales se cierran para las bicicletas, los patines, las patinetas, las carreolas y los perros. Estaciones: Metro- Chapultepec, Sevilla o Insurgentes (línea rosa). Metrobús- Reforma (línea roja).
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Beautiful Beliz! and El Secreto

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Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America. The weather is mild, the beaches are spectacular, the history is rich, and yes, it is a land of swaying palm trees, azure waters and colorful sunsets.

This is an absolutely fascinating country and the only English and Spanish speaking nation immediately south of Mexico with which it shares a land border.

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I have some dear friends that have been going to Belize for over 20 years. In recent years Belize has been garnering major international buzz and for sure there is no signs of it slowing down. With its amazing flora, fauna; breath taking natural resources; the quick accessibility to both a rain forest and a Caribbean beach complete with palms and white sandy beaches are all reasons why people return to these shores year after year.

While the country is experiencing more tourists, and thus more diversity in recent years, it’s still very much a conservative democracy. Public displays of affection of all kinds are generally discouraged. Some people will be shocked by gay PDA, so be discreet and mindful of the country’s attitudes. Just be respectful and enjoy the natural scenery; you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

Belize is a romantic and adventuresome destination where you can lounge in luxurious accommodations with a lover, or explore caves and go deep-sea diving with friends. The beautiful tranquility of the natural Belizean geographical features will leave you breathless though, so don’t let that small setback keep you from visiting this idyllic land!

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WHEN TO GO? Anytime! The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect all year round.

WHERE TO STAY? There are more than 200 islands in Belize that are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”) that are easy accessible and can serve as ideal bases for fishing, snorkeling and diving. For me personally, I don’t care for the big international hotel chains – I prefer smaller, quaint and romantic places to stay.

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El Secreto nestles 13 exclusive individual thatched roof villas with a smart combination of contemporary and traditional elements. This beautiful gay friendly, Boutique Resort sits on the Caribbean beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize.

(Temptation Island was filmed nearby on Ambergris, 36 miles north of Belize City, and the caye is the country’s liveliest, with open-air bars and restaurants spilling into the white sand in the main town, San Pedro.)

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Appointed with fine Belizean tropical woods, marble finished bathrooms with a tandem bathtub, outdoor private jacuzzi and shower patio. All the villas are equipped with a King size bed, a state of the art led lighting system, air conditioning, iPod dock station, LCD TV, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, Melita coffee maker, 400 thread Egyptian cotton Vivenda linens and Malin & Goetz amenities. They have made many TOP 10 lists and won many awards for luxury experiences!

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Enjoy a unique dining experience at El Secreto Restaurant. A romantic setting where you can “feel” the breeze and admire a beautiful ocean view. It doesn’t get much better than this!

GET PAMPERED with Spa services. Ikal meaning “spirit” in Maya, will reconnect you to the essence of life. A wonderful natural setting where you will indulge to a peaceful atmosphere enjoying Island rituals with the benefits of the sea, bamboo, tropical fruits, spices and aromatherapy.

 

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Google and Puerto Vallarta

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The same technology used by Google Maps to allow users to experience 360º street views of locations around the world is now being used to bring people closer to previously unavailable places. Many of us have seen Google’s conspicuous vehicles traveling through the city, collecting imagery that can be incorporated into their mapping system.

Advances in their equipment now allows for a portable version of the same camera system. Worn like a backpack, Google Maps in now able to open our eyes to places we couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago.

In recent months, Google staff has visited our destination, creating beautiful images of the Marietas Islands, Marina La Cruz, Vallarta Adventures’ Dolphin Center, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and Las Caletas, among others. These locations now form part of Google’s Special Collections-Mexico, an increasing collection of landmarks located throughout the country.

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Andrew Christian at Puerto Vallarta Pride 2015

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• Vallarta Pride will take place from May 17 to 25 to pay tribute to the vibrant LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta Mexico!

• Andrew Christian, founder and head designer at Andrew Christian™, the internationally renowned brand, has confirmed his participation in the fashion show to be held on May 22 in Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill!

Puerto Vallarta  will host the third gay pride festival “Vallarta Pride” from May 17 to 25, 2015 under the theme of “Unity”. This 9-day event will pay tribute to the LGBT community through a series of art and cultural activities, concerts, movies, beach parties, parades, fashion shows and lots of fun.

One of the first celebrities to confirm his participation in Vallarta Pride 2015 is Andrew Christian, founder and head designer of Andrew Christian, the internationally renowned brand of underwear, swimwear and sportswear for men with headquarters in Hollywood, California.

Andrew Christian has announced his participation at the fashion show scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9.00pm in Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill. He also confirmed that the international models TopherDimaggio, Pablo Hernández, Diego Sans y Cheddy O will be wearing some of his best creations and his recent designs to delight the audience.

This event will be complemented with the participation of Liquid Men and Amsterdam PV, two local boutiques, which will be presenting their own clothing lines and exclusive accessories during the catwalk.

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General admission is $20USD ($ 290 pesos) and VIP admission, which includes preferred seating, a complimentary drink, waiter service and a meet & greet after the gateway, is $30USD ($435 pesos). Tickets can be purchased HERE.

The Vallarta Pride 2015 Organizing Committee is thrilled to have Andrew Christian at the Pride Festival and is pleased to confirm that the participation of other celebrities, as well as the tentative schedule and venues for all events will be announced in the upcoming days.

For more information, please visit http://vallartapride.com/ or the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride.

Para mayores informes, por favor visita el sitio web http://vallartapride.com/ o la página oficial de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride.

 

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Xcaret Mexico

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You have more than likely been to the very gay Puerto Vallarta….but on the other side of the country is a Mexico very rich in Mayan history. And a truly remarkable area  called  Xcaret, near Playa del Carmen.

The Mayan Riviera or Riviera Maya stretches along 87 miles of Mexican Caribbean coastline in the southeastern section of the Yucatán Peninsula. Warm weather conditions, endless white sandy beaches, and the region’s network of underground rivers, lagoons and cenotes (sinkholes) with mangroves and jungle vegetation, provide the ideal surroundings in which to experience nature at its purest. And you will find this part of Mexico to embrace LGBT people.

In 1984 Architect and visionary Miguel Quintana Pali purchased 12 acres in the Mayan Riviera in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo with the idea of building his dream house.

However, when he began to clear the land he started uncovering ancient Mayan cenotes, sinkholes and beautiful underground rivers. Awed by this magnificent sight he felt that so much beauty should not be accessible only to a privileged few and began to formulate the idea of a park open to the public. THIS PLACE  IS  MAGNIFICENT! He is a true visionary, like Walt Disney.

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He soon joined forces with Constandse brothers Oscar, Marcos and Carlos, and they began transforming this park into a dream come true called Xcaret. Since its opening in December 1990, Xcaret Park is one of the most famous attractions in the Cancun-Riviera Maya destination, an eco-archaeological park where you can experience the natural and cultural richness of Mexico.

At present, Xcaret group has established itself as a great leader in sustainable tourist recreation and socially responsible, capable of responding to the needs of more than 6 million tourists that visit each year the Mexican Caribbean. This new integration scheme features a complete selection of products which complement each other and will offer the best entertainment and unique experiences surrounded by the natural, cultural and archaeological richness of Mexico.

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Mexican Government Recognizes Experiencias Xcaret for its Wildlife Care.
For the last 10 years, at the request of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Xcaret has looked after 168 specimens of 45 different species.“Xcaret has been a major ally in the care of wild fauna,” says Ludivina Menchaca, federal environmental representative in Quintana Roo.

Mexican environmental authorities acknowledged the contribution of Xcaret Park of Cancún and the Riviera Maya to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals which have been stranded, injured or confiscated from their owners for violations to environmental legislation.

Among the species that have been entrusted to Xcaret are the ocellated turkey and the Yucatan black howler monkey, as well as species of crocodile, deer, pumas, jaguars, falcons, turtles, and ocelots, among many others.

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Mexico is the country of sea turtles. In 2010, Xcaret was authorized by the Wildlife Department to operate as Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles. Here, Xcaret caters to all turtles that come to rehabilitate and release. WATCH.

In Xcaret each year we witness the miracle of life through collaborations park and Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico Civil Association. Children from all over the world who visit Xcaret and children from public schools that are free in the Schools program, get to know and learn about the protection of this species. (Remember that the hatchlings in the nest will be visiting Xcaret only from July to November).

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In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41% thanks to Xcaret. “The alliances that have been built are the new path toward the preservation of our natural heritage,” says Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, from Experiencias Xcaret. WATCH

The scarlet macaw reproduction program contributes to the dream of preserving this endangered species. Xcaret will continue working through the next years, so that the scarlet macaws keep coloring the skies of Mexico and Central America. In 2013, the park was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for rescuing this endangered species.

Xcaret  is characterized by a constant effort in promoting and preserving the culture of Mexico.

The Ecological Park Xcaret Mexico is located just 6 km from Playa del Carmen (15 min) and 57 Km north of Tulum (50 min).

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea where you can relive the history of Mexico through colorful traditions and shows, endless activities and beautiful native flora and fauna. . Truly an amazing MUST-SEE park and experience! Plan to spend at least 2 days here!  OVER 40 ATTRACTIONS!

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Gay Pride 2014 is Coming ! To a City Near You!

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GAY PRIDE IS COMING!  Over the next 6 months, gay prides will be happening  coast to coast!

PHOENIX PRIDE  April  5-6, 2014

MIAMI  PRIDE   April  11-13

TOKYO PRIDE  April 27rh

SAO PAULO PRIDE    May 4th, 2014 – the BIGGEST in the WORLD

 

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NEW JERSEY  PRIDE   June 1st, 2014

LOS ANGELES  PRIDE  June 6th-8th

MILWAUKEE  WI   Pride   June 6th-8th

CAPITAL PRIDE  DC  June 6th-8th

DETROIT  PRIDE  June  7th-8th

HONOLULU PRIDE June 7th

PHILADELPHIA PRIDE   June 8th

BOSTON PRIDE  June 8th-16th

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KEY WEST PRIDE  June 11th-15th 2014

NASHVILLE PRIDE  June 12th-14th

SITGES SPAIN PRIDE June 12th-16th

PITTSBURGH  PRIDE   June 14th-15th

BERLIN PRIDE   June 14th-15th

OSLO PRIDE June  20th-29th

HOUSTON GAY PRIDE  June 20th-29th

TORONTO PRIDE June 20th-29th – BIGGEST in NORTH AMERICA!
PLUS in 2014, Toronto will actually be  WORLD  PRIDE with even BIGGER  crowds

RHODE ISLAND / PROVIDENCE  PRIDE  June 21st

NEW YORK CITY PRIDE  June 24th-29th

TAMPA  FL   PRIDE  June 27th-29th

PARIS PRIDE   June 28th

LONDON PRIDE  June 28th

MINNEAPOLIS PRIDE June 28th-29th

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST  June 21st – 22nd

(they are trying to fill in the days in between to make a full week of pride)

CHICAGO  PRIDE  June 29th

SEATTLE  GAY  PRIDE  June 29th

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MADRID PRIDE July 2nd-6th

COLOGNE GERMANY PRIDE  July 6th

SAN DIEGO PRIDE  July 18th-20th

STOCKHOLM PRIDE  July 28th – Aug. 2nd

MONTREAL PRIDE July  July 28th-Aug. 3rd

AMSTERDAM PRIDE August 1st-3rd – with floats on the canal!

ANTWERP PRIDE August 4th-11th

REYKJAVIK PRIDE August 5th-10th

CHICAGO MARKET DAYS – August 9th-10th   (not really pride – but a big party!)

OTTAWA PRIDE  August 15th-24th

PRAGUE PRIDE August 11th-17th

COPENHAGEN PRIDE  August 26th-31st

ATLANTA  PRIDE  August  27th-Sept. 1st

SOUTHERN DECADENCE  –  August 27th-September 1 (not really pride – but a big party)

LAS VEGAS PRIDE  September 2nd-8th

AUSTIN TX  PRIDE   September 20th

DALLAS PRIDE   September 21st

MAUI HAWAII   October 4th-5th

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GAY PRIDE is a time of celebration and with that, usually comes some drinking.  MAKE SURE YOU DRINK WATER AS WELL!  Keep yourself hydrated! You don’t want to go to the hospital with your boa and go go shorts on!  (poor guy!)

 

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Gay Travel to Puerto Vallarta – Saftey and Warnings

Unless you were under a rock the last few years, you could not help but hear how
dangerous  parts of  Mexico has become, and yes, it’s true drug wars have
escalated violence in parts of Mexico. “Collateral damage” the news calls it – which really means  that innocent people
have been robbed, hurt or killed. 

THIS IS NOT HAPPENING IN PUERTO VALLARTA!!

When I went to Vallarta last Spring, a friend told me , “OH MY GOD, I won’t go there any more because of all the kidnapping and robberies!” – I called some friends in PV and they assured me it was NOT happening there. And that is mostly all happening near the border. 
So I went for a week. And everything was fine. Just as it always was.  I walked the streets Vallarta  alone day or night. I never felt uncomfortable or scared. 
I’ve been living here for 11 years. And have had ZERO problems or run-ins with bad guys or police (well, there was that ticket for using my cellphone while driving), ” says Paul who owns Hotel Mercurio

“Many cities in the US have much more security problems than PV…or many other Mexican cities, for that matter.
According to a US Government site, as of Dec, 2012-
You should exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night.




You should defer non-essential travel to the state of Chihuahua.  The situation in the state of Chihuahua, specifically
Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City, is of special concern. 




You should defer non-essential travel to the state of San Luis Potosi, except the city of San Luis Potosi where you should
exercise caution.
etc etc etc.

But for Puerto Vallarta –  There is no recommendation
against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto
Vallarta.
  There is also no recommendation against travel on principal
highways in
Jalisco between Guadalajara including the
portions that cross in to the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.

Also – Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect.                   

Puerto Vallarta is the most visited gay destination in Mexico. It is especially popular with residents from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Vallarta?

In a word, the answer is yes, it is safe to travel to Puerto
Vallarta. PV is part of the very diverse and large Mexican state of
Jalisco. Some news outlets have incorrectly reported that the US State
Department is warning against all travel to Jalisco.

Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Board has commissioned a study from the security consulting firm Thomas Dale and Associates (TDA).
The firm found that “the number of negative events involving foreigners
or non‐foreigners is fractional compared to the large ex‐pat resident
population and the millions of visitors that come to vacation each year
in Puerto Vallarta.”

you can read more at Visit Puerto Vallarta.

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