Queer travelers have been heading to Mexico for decades. Our fall collaboration with Edge Media Network, where we highlight our favorite LGBTQ+-friendly hotels and destinations, continues below with the USA’s southern neighbor. 🏳️🌈
Rosas & Xocolate (Mérida, Yucatan)
4 Stars | Website | Mérida International Airport (MID)
17 | Free WiFi; 1 swimming pool; Fitness center | 1
Paseo de Montejo; Mérida Cathedral; Plaza Altabrisa
The chromatic colonial town of Mérida has welcomed the LGBTQ+ community for years. This embracement was only further solidified with host state Yucatan’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Because pink is the warmest color, stay at the all-pink Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel & Spa: Each of the 17 rooms has a private outdoor jacuzzi, and the in-house restaurant delights gourmands at first bite.
Casa Hoyos (San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato)
4 Stars | Website | Querétaro International Airport
16 | Free WiFi; 1 swimming pool; Bar; Spa | 1
Plaza civica; Jardín Allende; Historic Museum of San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende’s well-kept Spanish Colonial-style architecture, artist community, and restaurant scene galvanizes American travelers to trade in their Mexican beach vacation for an inland yet culturally rich one. Here, 16-key boutique hotel Casa Hoyos employs a design that melds contemporary Mexico with colonial reimagination. Visit rooftop bar Bekeb for city views and refined cocktails: Owner Fabiola Padilla, a former mixologist at famous NYC bar Cosme who is heavily involved in Mexico’s LGBTQ+ community, welcomes queer travelers with open arms.
El Alquimista (Zipolite, Oaxaca)
4 Stars | Website | Huatulco International Airport
17 | 1 swimming pool; Beachfront; Free WiFi | 1
Zipolite Beach; Camaron Beach; Camaron Beach
Nestled on the coastline of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Zipolite attracts queer travelers from near and far: Hosting Mexico’s only nude beach and an array of gay-owned businesses are to thank. Stay right in front of the beach’s queer section at El Alquimista: a boutique hotel and restaurant that same-sex couples heavily frequent.
Maxwell Residences (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)
5 Stars | Website | Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Airport
19 | 2 swimming pool; Fitness center; Spa | 2
Amapas Beach; Los Muertos Beach; Los Muertos
Puerto Vallarta is often considered the capital of Mexico’s gay travel scene. When here, stay at the luxe Maxwell Residences, owned and operated by 22-year-old hospitality entrepreneur Elliot Kimmelman. The concept offers the privacy of a vacation home—one with sea-facing terraces—plus the amenities of a resort. Also, it’s only a 15-minute walk from the LGBTQ+ bars around Zona Romantica.
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