LATIN FEVER is only one reason to go to Puerto Vallarta! Over the last 10 years, PV has gotten gayer and gayer! “This is what the Castro used to be 20 years ago,” said Clay Berger, a hair stylist at Puerto Vallarta’s upscale blu by len salon and spa. The former Santa Rosa resident was referring to the gayest part of the city, Zona Romantica, where blu prominently displays the rainbow flag. The shop is on the neighborhood’s main street, Olas Altas, and across the street from two gay bars and a gay restaurant.

An article in the Bay Area Reporter  stated,”A couple of guys from Los Angeles, Peter Deep, and his business partner, Shaun Butler, made a huge impact on Puerto Vallarta’s gay nightlife when they opened the Ma ana nightclub in November 2006. It quickly established a following among locals who were ready for a change from the established Club Paco Paco. And where the locals went, the tourists followed, making Ma ana the most popular gay club in Puerto Vallarta. A handful of other smaller gay bars have opened over the past couple of years and there are even more gay and gay-friendly hotels and bed and breakfasts to give LGBT travelers plenty of options.

Discover Vallarta! – a great gay travel guide!)

Nightlife is hotter than ever in PV.

The upscale Mañana club has an indoor disco but its centerpiece is its open-air pool surrounded by a dance floor and seating areas. It’s open until 6 a.m. during the week and until 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

The owner of the  Gay Guide Vallarta  explained that a big part of Mañana’s runaway success was that it was able to obtain a late-night operating permit. That attracts locals who work in the restaurants and hotels and need someplace to go after the night shift. Buses don’t start operating until around 5 a.m., so it’s critical to have a place where they can stay late. Tourists, in turn, want to go where there are a lot of locals.