Gay Pride march in Merida

Colonial City with a happening gay scene

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The capital of Yucatan state, Mérida, 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.

For other places in Yucatán state, please see the Yucatán state page.

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Upcoming events in Merida, Yucatán

June 13, 2020: Yucatán Sexual Diversity March XVIII

The 18th annual march in Mérida is Saturday June 13. It is a peaceful march open to everyone in the city asking for equal rights for the LGBTTTI community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transvestite, transexual and intersexual). We will meet at 4 pm at Parque de la Mejorada.

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Latest news from Merida, Yucatán

  • En protesta por discriminación a pareja gay en un museo en Mérida, convocan a Besatón el sábado. In a protest at the discrimination they suffered, a gay couple a gay couple has called for a kiss-in on Saturday. View storyDec 6

  • 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, Vacation Rentals

    Casa Del Maya Bed and Breakfast

    Six room gay owned 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.
     (999) 181 1880
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     Average room rate: $80 USD
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    Casa Macorina

    Small gay owned guesthouse with your hosts Javier y Ricardo. Rooms with private bath and kitchenette.
     +52 999 217 5233
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     Average room rate: $475 MXN
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    Hacienda Santa Cruz

    Exclusive gay friendly hotel with a gourmet restaurant. Supporter of Merida Gay Pride. They are 10 min away from the airport (7 miles) and 15 min away from the center of the city (8.6 miles).
     (999) 254 0541
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     Average room rate: $169 USD
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    Ochenta y Dos

    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 USD
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    Posada Santiago Guesthouse

    Four efficiency apartments for rent in the Historic Center of the Merida, in a renovated colonial house. The apartments are separated from the main house, providing both privacy and quiet surroundings. The gay owner lives on site and can assist you with any questions you might have.
     (999) 290 27 00
     Average room rate: $35 USD
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    Villa Verde Merida

    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: $140 USD
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    Bars, Discos

    Blúe Disco

    Gay bar with strippers, DJ, outdoor terrace. Formerly called Bluenamu Cabaret.
     +52 999 436 0487
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    Bullpen Bar

    Gay sports bar with strippers and gogos.
     9992 747045
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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. Friday, Saturday nights this worker's bar is filled with gay men. Some rent boys. Snacks.
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    La Fundación Mezcaleria

    Hip gay friendly bar with cocktails and a outdoor courtyard. Sometimes live music, sometimes DJ.
     999 102 0033
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    Gay bar and disco. Gogos and strippers. Daily drink specials. Snacks and meals. Karaoke.
     +52 999 217 5233
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    PK2 Disco Bar

    Disco and bar 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.
     +52 999 154 6012
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    Temptation Social Club

    Gay Dance club. Friday-Saturday men only, other nights men and women welcome.
     +52 999 995 2828
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    Zeus Bar

    Bar with DJs, dancing, gogos and strippers
     52 999 163 7735
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    Botella Verde

    Gay owned pool side bar/café offering full bar and small plates. Located in the historic Hotel Villa Verde Merida. 2x1 Happy Hour daily from 4:00 to 7:00. Pool pass available for $100 peso which includes a beer, towel, Wi-Fi and changing space. Open Wed – Sat 1:00pm to 9:00 pm.
     999 290 7759
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    Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas

    Banana Azul

    Turkish Bath with limited facilities: 2 steam rooms, video, changing room, massage, soft drinks. Open daily 3pm - 9pm.
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    La Caza Vapor

    La Caza means "the hunt". Sauna for men with indoor and outdoor pools, steam room and Hindu themed decor. Discretion.
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    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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    Gyms, Yoga, etc

    Armor Gym

    Mixed but gay friendly gym that is a sponsor of the Merida LGBT Pride March 2019. Weights, cardio, classes.
     +52 999 209 8230
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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.
     +52 999 287 9045
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    Travel Agencies, Tours

    Merida Gay Tours

    Experiences for the gay traveler in the Yucatan
     +52 9993505518
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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

    Hotels, Vacation Rentals: Casa Sonrisa
    Bars, Discos: Angeluz
    Bars, Discos: Bar Rafaris
    Bars, Discos: Foxxys Platinum 5 stars
    Bars, Discos: La Comadre
    Bars, Discos: La MalQuerida Cantina
    Bars, Discos: Macumba II
    Bars, Discos: Milk Gay Club
    Bars, Discos: Pride Cabaret
    Bars, Discos: Restaurante Bar La Sirena
    Bars, Discos: Rush Bar Terraza
    Bars, Discos: Scalibur Disco
    Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas: Ciber Zoom Zoom
    Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas: La Cueva
    Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas: Olympus Spa for Men

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    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?
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