Gay Pride march in Merida

Colonial city with a thriving gay scene

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The capital of Yucatan state, Merida, has a thriving gay scene. The city's ambiance is colonial and the climate is tropical. And it is close to famous tourist sites like the Mayan ruins of Chitzen Itza as well as to the beach resorts of the Riviera Maya such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

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Landmarks

Plaza Grande

Also called The Zocalo or Plaza de la Independicia. Main public park bounded by calle 60 and 62, and calle 61 and 63. Lots of cruising. Caution: Many rent boys. Part of the circuit, that includes Parque Hildago at calle 60 and 59 and Santa Lucia area at Calle 60 por 55.
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Hotels

Gay Mexico Top PicksCasa Del Maya Bed and Breakfast
 www.CasaDelMaya.com

Six Room B&B in historic Santa Ana Park. Walk to parks, restaurants, museums, galleries, shops and markets. Complimentary full breakfast, pool, air conditioning, Wi-fi, TV, in-room safes. An oasis in a great city!
 (999) 181 1880
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 Average room rate: $80
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Gay Mexico Top PicksOchenta y Dos
 www.meridabnb.com

An urban bed & breakfast located in the heart of the beautifully preserved colonial city of Merida, Ochenta y Dos is gay owned and offers world class accommodations with 4 poolside guestrooms and amenities that include king size beds, luxurious bedding, rain showers, WIFI, swimming pool, steam room, roof terrace, full breakfast, pool side snacks and a daily happy hour; all with a personal attention to ensure a relaxing stay.
 999 192 4085
 Average room rate: $82
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Gay Mexico Top PicksVilla Verde Merida
 www.villaverdemerida.com

Boutique Inn in a beautifully restored colonial mansion located in the heart of historic Merida Centro. Large property with 5 guestrooms offering an assortment of private and social spaces, including large pool, private garden, clothing optional sundeck, and seating inside and outside of each room. Complimentary breakfast and cocktail hour free drink in our outside cantina bar overlooking the swimming pool courtyard. Gay owned, gay friendly, and gay recommended by Fodor’s and Instinct Magazine.
 US number: 1 614 500 7118
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 Average room rate: $110
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Posada Santiago Guesthouse
 posadasantiagomx.com

Four efficiency apartments for rent in the Historic Center of the Merida, in a newly renovated 19th century colonial house. Each tenant is given a key to the front door, so that literally our house is your house. The apartments are separated from the main house, providing both privacy and quiet surroundings. The owner lives on site and can assist you with any concerns you might have.
 (999) 290 27 00
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 Average room rate: $35
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Bars

Bar Rafaris

Gay bar with pool, open Fridays and Saturdays 3pm - Midnight. Nudity permitted in the pool area.
 (999) 110 6592
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Jorge's Cantina Imperial

Officially Cantina Imperial but normally just called Jorge's. This dive bar is full of men daily for big cheap beers. Open 12 pm - 2am, 7 days a week. Friday, Saturday nights this worker's bar is filled with gay men. Some rent boys.
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La MalQuerida Cantina

Gay friendly bar and cantina from teh same owners as Rush Bar. Open daily from 2pm to midnight. Serving beer, snacks, micheladas. Happy hour daily. Jukebox, Karaoke in a relaxing Mexican atmosphere. snacks, música de rocola con karaoke en un ambiente relajado mexicano.
 999 217 7693
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PK2

A newer hotspot with a younger crowd to grab a drink with friends or to mingle with the locals. The music is loud but the vibe is casual. Occasional strippers spice up the energy, but it's more of a divey feel than a club scene. Drinks are cheap. Has a nice enclosed outdoor space. Open Wednesday - Sunday.
 999 995 2828
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Rush Bar Terraza

Gay bar downstairs good for conversation. Small dance floor upstairs. Big outdoor terrace. Open Thursday to Sunday from 9pm. Daily specials. DJ, Gogo dancers. Good for dancing or having a drink out with friends.
 (999) 217 7693
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Discos/Dance Clubs

Blúe Gay Club

Gay bar with strippers, DJ, outdoor terrace. Open Wednesday to Sunday at 10 pm. Formerly called Bluenamu Cabaret.
 +52 999 436 0487
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Pride Disco

Stripper and drag show bar now located at the old Milk location, on the highway towards Cancun. Open Wednesday through Sunday with different nightly themes and cover charges. Comic entertainers, drag shows, strippers. Nightly shows last until about 2am, dancing after that.
 (999) 101 0492 Whatsapp
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Restaurants

Botella Verde

Gay owned (by owners of Villa Verde Merida) café offering wine, beer, and small plates. 2x1 Happy Hour daily from 4:00 to 6:00. Outside seating in the beautiful Parque Santa Lucia in the historic Centro district of Merida. Open Tue - Sat 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
 999 923 1104
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Bathhouses/Saunas/Massage

Banana Azul

Turkish Bath with limited facilities: 2 steam rooms, video, changing room, massage, soft drinks. Open daily 3pm - 10pm.
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Cruising Area

Phone 61

Cyber cafe with private booths for browsing the net which can be very cruisy late at night. Some discrete action takes place in the booths.
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Sex Shops

Sexopolis Sex Shop

Toys, games, and articles for adults. Second location downtown at Calle 61 between 52 and 54.
 (999) 148 2187
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Permanently closed places

The following venues have been reported as permanently closed but we have listed them here as other less current websites may still be listing them as open. If there is a place in this list that has reopened or one above that has closed, please advise us at info@gaymexicomap.com

Hotels: Hacienda Santa Cruz
Vacation Rentals: Casa Sonrisa
Bars: Macumba II
Bars: Restaurante Bar La Sirena
Discos/Dance Clubs: Angeluz
Discos/Dance Clubs: Foxxys Platinum 5 stars
Discos/Dance Clubs: Milk Gay Club
Discos/Dance Clubs: Scalibur Disco
Bathhouses/Saunas/Massage: La Caza
Bathhouses/Saunas/Massage: Olympus Spa for Men
Cruising Area: Ciber Zoom Zoom
Cruising Area: La Cueva

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David B.

I had read that Mexico is considering legalizing marijuana for recreational use and wondered if the laws would change before my visit in the last week of January 2016?
thanks, Dave

December 15, 2015

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Gay Mexico Map

No. This was a very narrow court decision that applies only to four people so far. It is likely that it will proceed but expect changes to take years not months. More info here.

December 15, 2015

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