The reopening Puerto Vallarta, Mexico's number 1 gay travel destination, has gradually begun re-opening starting on June 1, 2020. Puerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco so we are under the direction of Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramirez from Guadalajara. Most Puerto Vallarta gay businesses and bars closed March 17, 2020, before the Mexican government declared a national health emergency that closed the beaches and our famous Malecon on April 1, 2020. As of June 13, 2020, Puerto Vallarta gay bars, clubs, spas, boat cruises, and bathhouses remain closed until further notice. During the pandemic, many PV ex-pats and international seasonal performers organized many fundraising events raising thousands of dollars to give back to the local community. As you can imagine, the local economy survives almost exclusively on gay tourism where locals only make a few pesos per day and rely heavily on tips.
What is open now?
Many of Puerto Vallarta’s popular restaurants reopened late May 2020 with limited capacity and social distancing for inside dining. On June 1, 2020, the Governor announced that Puerto Vallarta hotels could reopen but without access to common areas and pools. Governor Ramirez announced Puerto Vallarta beaches and hotel common areas and pools can reopen with 30% capacity starting June 15, 2020.
The government has developed a Coronavirus safety and re-opening protocols and certification processes for each and every business (all in Spanish). So beyond that, many Puerto Vallarta businesses are going above and beyond what is required to make you as safe as possible while you are in town. So, If you are considering a future vacation to Puerto Vallarta, here are some things to know:
At Puerto Vallarta, gay hotels expect some changes.
Paul Christ, owner of Hotel Mercurio is readily preparing for the return of his LGBT travelers. “Our open-air patio is open for bar/restaurant service from May 26, 2020. Our breakfast buffet will no longer be offered, but we will have a breakfast menu available, included in the rate, for hotel guests. The public will be able to join us for breakfast on a space-available basis”. At Pinata PV Gay Hotel, beyond the obvious hand gels and disinfectants, they will now provide single-use towels, sanitizers, and soap for extra cleansing and personal use.
Vidal Mesa, CMO of the Almar Group, has announced that Almar Resort reopened June 1, 2020, with very strict hygiene and sanitary protocols. At check-in, your luggage will be disinfected upon arrival. For the rooms, among the extra protocols are the minibars will be stocked only on demand, not pre-stocked prior to arrival, bedsheets and towels will be removed every day, all room surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected every day, and additional room visitors will need to register, have their temperature taken, and go through the disinfection process before entry.
Reopening Puerto Vallarta means some weekly gay events are postponed until further notice. Hotel Mercurio will no longer offer the Sunday Beers Boys & Burgers pool party, until the pandemic is over, likely when there is a vaccine. That may be well into 2021. Pinata PV looks forward to reopening and hosting the men only Saturday Social & clothing optional parties when they are allowed to do so.
What remains to be seen?
The new norm that will develop after gay travelers return to Puerto Vallarta is still evolving. What will the gay dance floor look like here? PV is the home to the top gay circuit parties. How quickly will travelers be ready to dance again? The popular Puerto Vallarta gay boat tours are still closed at this time. I have spoken to the cruise owners who seem to indicate the boats will have limited capacity when they are allowed to reopen. Spartacus Men's Sauna is completing some major safety protocols for their eventual reopening. Lastly the popular Puerto Vallarta gay bars, clubs, strip clubs have not been given a reopening date as of yet. La Noche bar will be bringing back the daily drag shows and go-go dancers as soon as they reopen.
So when you are ready to travel, Puerto Vallarta is waiting for you to return. Discover for yourself how beyond gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta can be. Check the latest updates of the gay scene in Puerto Vallarta at GAYPV Travel Guide.