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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Recommended Tours

We've selected a few tours from local providers that include transport from Merida. These are recommended tours and a good fit for LGBT visitors. Please email us at info@gaymexicomap.com if you like to send us feedback on these tours or if you have others you think we should recommend.

Tulum, Coba, Cenote & Mayan Village Private Tour

During this private full-day tour from Merida (or Cancun & Riviera Maya), we will visit impressive Tulum & Coba pre-hispanic ruins, swim in one of the most beautiful cenotes in the region, have a typical Yucatecan lunch, and learn about local culture in a traditional Mayan village.

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Early-Bird Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Private Tour

During this private full-day tour from Merida (or Cancun & Riviera Maya), you will visit the UNESCO-listed pyramids of Chichen Itza, swim in a gorgeous Cenote Ik Kil, savor some of the most typical Yucatecan dishes, and stroll quite colonial streets of Valladolid.

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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, B&Bs

Casa Ana Bed and Breakfast

Lesbian owned and run bed and breakfast inn with four rooms.
 +52 999 924 0005
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 Average room rate: $50 USD
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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.
 +52 999 181 1880
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 Average room rate: $115 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

A gay owned urban bed & breakfast located in the heart of Merida. Offers 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.
 999 192 4085
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 Average room rate: $82 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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Cantina Bullpen We have been unable to recently verify this listing

Gay sports bar with strippers and gogos.
 9992 747045
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La Fundación Mezcaleria

Hip gay friendly bar with cocktails. Art exhibitions, special events. Sometimes live music, sometimes DJ.
 +52 999 159 6389
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Papis

Gay bar and disco. Gogos and strippers. Daily drink specials. Snacks and meals. Karaoke.
 +52 999 499 9637
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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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Zeus Bar We have been unable to recently verify this listing

Bar with DJs, dancing, gogos and strippers
 52 999 163 7735
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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.
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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 has been a sponsor of the Merida LGBT Pride March. Weights, cardio, spinning, 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, Experiences

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 info@gaymexicomap.com

Hotels, B&Bs: Casa Sonrisa
Hotels, B&Bs: Posada Santiago Guesthouse
Hotels, B&Bs: Villa Verde Merida
Bars, Discos: Angeluz
Bars, Discos: Bar Rafaris
Bars, Discos: Foxxys Platinum 5 stars
Bars, Discos: Jorge's Cantina Imperial
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
Bars, Discos: Temptation Social Club
Restaurants: Botella Verde
Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas: Ciber Zoom Zoom
Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas: La Cueva Merida
Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas: Olympus Spa for Men

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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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