Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-02-22



TRAVEL Hot times in Puerto Vallarta
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times

This article shared 2274 times since Tue Aug 2, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

You may have noticed Chicagoans flocking to Mexico to fight the harsh winters to soak up the sun in Puerto Vallarta, the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco. With temperatures on an average of 86 degrees as a high it is no wonder why.

American Airlines and Aeromexico provide travel from the Windy City to Vallarta. The airlines are spacious enough to not feel cramped during the flight in domestic. Alaska Airlines should also be noted as a continued sponsor of Vallarta Pride over the years, so think about supporting them in return.

There are many hotels to choose from such as CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta, a beautiful property with a huge pool that includes a swim up bar and waterfalls. The sandy beach is nearby and the attentive staff is available at every turn making this a perfect destination.

While a bit out of the way, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is a luxury resort that includes everything a traveler needs. A relaxing spa, oven pizza by the pool, and even free guitar rentals are all part of the experience. On property restaurants like Frida really bring the spices and good cooking that one would expect. Breakfast in the hotel takes the cake and a made to order crepe station pushed things over the top.

Villa Savana not only provides multilevel lodging but has a breathtaking view to escape and have a same-sex wedding.

The quaint little hotel Villa Mercedes hosts 116 Pulpito Gastro Pup as part of the hotel's dining space complete with a separate entrance. The chef makes casual cuisine for visitors to feel right at home.

For a beachfront place to stay Hotel Cinco in Punta de Mita has the perfect infinity pool and luxury accommodations to satisfy any traveler.

This Pacific Ocean destination has some of the best beaches in the world. Here are a few places worth visiting:

Mantamar is an adults-only beach club and bar that is located in the Romantic Zone. The young, fun vibe and excellent service adds to the experience. Check out the private pool and intimate jacuzzi tubs.

Next door is Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea that hosts drag shows and bar that overlooks the scene. This venue is a staple in Vallarta and after some renovations could be returned to its former glory. The Almar Resort is a more upscale option just behind it.

The walkway Malecon is in the center of Puerto Vallarta and makes an easy to find landmark on the huge boardwalk of shops and bars.

There are some incredible places to dine while in Puerto Vallarta with seafood of course being a staple.

El Arrayan is a lesbian-owned restaurant that sports such treats as duck carnitas and enchiladas ( the latter in a delicious mole sauce ).

The owner of Barcelona Tapas hails from Chicago and is an expert on tapas. The aioli potato salad and paella will hit the spot.

Cafe des Artistes is one of the most upscale restaurants in the city with many different environments to dine in. Where else will you get a confit suckling pig taco?

Located on Playa Los Muertos, Sapphire Beach Club not only has a great lunch menu but is the perfect place to relax in the pool and drink margaritas. Honestly, our group did not want to leave this place and we stayed for hours plus our server Dani was adorable, which didn't hurt.

To test out the bars Vallarta Gay Bar Hopping Tour that lasts more than five hours. The VIP treatment is the only way to go at Blondies with a spectacular view and shots to top it off.

Wander over to Wet Dreams for go go dancers or Open Night Club for packed crowds. Mr. Flamingo is one of the newer venues but is astounding in popularity thanks to groovy tunes from the '90s and open air drinking.

There is one sauna to relax in after a long day called Spartacus open seven days a week but if you return home empty handed the iPhone app Grindr is an easy way to meet locals.

Rise and shine because there are plenty of excursions to try while in Vallarta. Diana's Tour takes guests out on the ocean to cocktail and snorkel with a now famous LGBT cruise. The Wet & Wild Gay Cruise, leaves from Los Muertos Pier, includes a clothing optional beach and lunch.

Marine Safari offers a Marieta Islands excursion where tourists are taken by boat to see wildlife, such as sea turtles and blue-footed boobies. There is a beach created by the explosion of a bomb that caused caves to form. Pollution from tourism has limited some areas so visit this spot while still permitted.

The Colectika Art Gallery is a contemporary Mexican folk art gallery that includes ceramics, paintings, and wood carvings. The gallery is curated to include outdoor spaces. The owner is incredibly knowledgeable and full of stories to tell shoppers.

Sayulita Nayarit is a community located 25 miles north of downtown Vallarta with tons of souvenirs and surfing. Tourism is growing so rapidly here that locals are having a hard time keeping up to demands of trinkets and treasures. There is a website dedicated to helping visitors navigate it at . Don't miss Revolution del Sueno with limited edition art products.

This resort city welcomes the LGBT community in droves. Recently, honored Vallarta as the first city in Mexico to be gay travel approved. Vallarta Pride grows in numbers each year in the month June with a parade and major events all over the city spanning 12 days.

Plan a trip this year and find out why Puerto Vallarta has turned from a small fishing town into a major hot destination.

For more on Vallarta, try .

This article shared 2274 times since Tue Aug 2, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

WORLD Zero Discrimination Day, African countries, facility damaged, travel items 2023-03-10
- On Zero Discrimination Day this year (March 1), under the theme "Save lives: Decriminalize," UNAIDS showed how the decriminalization of key populations and people living with HIV saves lives and helps advance the end of the ...

Gay News

SAVOR Peruvian spot Tanta; fundraiser for The Evolved Network 2023-03-09
- One of the best things about Chicago cuisine is that you can travel the world without ever leaving the Windy City. The River North spot Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave.; embodies one such example. Tanta ...

Gay News

Pride Journey: Jacksonville, Florida 2023-02-22
- The last time I visited Jacksonville, I was probably in my early-mid 20s and living in Orlando. It was a very long time ago. I was eager to visit again as I know much has changed in the city since the ...

Gay News

Pride Journey: Oklahoma City 2022-12-08
- Since I began Pride Journeys 5 years ago, I have had the incredible opportunity to visit dozens of destinations around the world. Some destinations I visited once, while others left such an impression, that I was ...

Gay News

Sydney WorldPride plans a celebration like no other 2022-12-08
Special to Windy City Times - WorldPride is heading Down Under in 2023. Sydney has been named the official location for WorldPride next year, and the cosmopolitan city is planning to go all-out to welcome LGBTQ+ guests from all over the world. ...

Gay News

The Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade turns 25 2022-11-02
- The legendary Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade returned for the 25th time on Oct. 31. Kicking off at 7:30 p.m. from Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, the parade route traveled north before looping back to a large ...

Gay News

Esquire: Chicago has three of the country's 'most fun' LGBTQ+-inclusive bars 2022-10-27
- Esquire magazine's editorial staff curated a list of the "most fun and inclusive LGBTQ+-friendly bars"—and the choices may seem surprising. The magazine chose the Uptown spots Big Chicks and Carol's Pub as well as the Andersonville ...

Gay News

ATTRACTIONS SkyBridge Michigan opens as world's longest timber-towered suspension bridge 2022-10-25
- SkyBridge Michigan is now open as the world's longest timber-towered suspension bridge. After more than a year in the works, SkyBridge Michigan made its debut to the public on Oct. 15, hosting thousands of guests on ...

Gay News

Philadelphia hosts street renaming ceremony for gay tourism expert 2022-10-11
- On Oct. 11, Philadelphia officials will honor the late civic pride booster, celebrated author and former Visit Philadelphia President/CEO Jeff Guaracino by renaming a portion of South 13th Street after the tourism marketer and LGBTQ+ trailblazer ...

Gay News

WORLD Trans women elected, Zambia protest, Spice Girl, public figures come out 2022-10-09
Video below - On Oct. 2, two transgender women won seats in the Brazilian Congress, The Washington Blade reported. Voters in Sao Paulo elected Municipal Councilwoman Erika Hilton, a Black former sex worker who is a member of the ...

Gay News

Chicago voted 'Best Big City' for sixth straight year 2022-10-04
- Choose Chicago President and CEO Lynn Osmond announced that Chicago has been named the "Best Big City in the U.S." for the sixth straight year by Conde Nast Traveler through their 2022 Readers' Choice Awards. The ...

Gay News

21c Museum Hotel Chicago launches art-centered series 2022-09-29
- The spot 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, 55 E. Ontario St.—which blurs the line between a contemporary art museum and a boutique hotel—announced plans for its fall/winter 2022 season and 2023 edition of the "Art of"— a ...

Gay News

Chicago Sky prepare for game three of semis; Fire settle for draw 2022-09-03
- The defending WNBA champions the Chicago Sky will travel to Uncasville, Connecticut for Game 3 and Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals against the Connecticut Sun. Game 3 is on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 12 p.m. ...

Gay News

Pride Journey: Provincetown 2022-09-01
- I think it's safe to say that I found my new happy place. I had visited Provincetown, Massachusetts once before during the winter season and even then, I enjoyed my time there. Of course, P-Town is ...

Gay News

Pride Journey: Orlando 2022-08-31
- Orlando has always been a place close to my heart. Back in 2002, I attended graduate school there as well as worked in the music industry for a company that launched the careers of Backstreet Boys, ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.