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Zipolite: A view of the entire Zipolite beach looking east from up at Shambalah. Photo by Doug Dosdall

Rich culture and a thriving gay scene

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Casa Hoffa

The Casa Hoffa is a gay-owned luxurious 1,835 sq. ft., fully-furnished 2Br/2Bth residence directly overlooking the translucent Chahue Bay (Pacific Ocean) and majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Day trip to the village of Juchitan, also known as Mexico's "Cherry Grove (Fire Island)".
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The village of Juchitán where parents say prayers in hopes that one of their children will be gay. In many ways Juchitán is Mexico’s Cherry Grove, where muxes even have an Invasion-type festival.
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Baños del Jardin

Sauna. Lockers available. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
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Casa de Mezcal

Gay Friendly, great atmosphere, tavern style bar, with wonderful artist Murals.
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Cerveceria Chinampa

Tavern style bar, oldest gay bar in Oaxaca. Very Mexican, lively, on the seeder side of things, but fun.
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Club Privado 502

Gay disco and night club better known as "el Número". Open only on weekends with a cover charge. Nice, clean, and good music.
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Gay alternative bar, a mix of everything, fun, friendly, nice environment, reasonable.
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La Costa Strip Bar

Gay disco and stripper bar/nightclub with all male review. Great shows, cover charge, but one free table dancer
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Luna Rossa

Gay tavern style bar on the 2nd floor. Food also served. Friendly, comfy, and reasonable prices. Nice atmosphere.
 951 130 9839
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8 apartments located on the hill above the west end of Zipolite beach. Pools, common area palapa, views. Clothing optional, adult only property. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, private bath, ceiling fans, wifi, private terrace, ocean views. Gay owned, mixed clientele.
 958 106 2018
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 Average room rate: $90
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Casa Sol

An intimate, tranquil, guesthouse with 6 spacious, comfortable rooms; a lush natural setting; and dramatic ocean views. Large patio area for enjoying the company of friends and fellow guests as well as private patios and secluded gardens for quiet relaxation. In the tropical garden there are lounge chairs, a shady palapa and a new salt water pool. Located above Playa Camaron, Playa Zipolite is a ten minute walk down the jungle path. All rooms with private baths, AC, cable TV, safe, Wifi. Some with kitchenette. Gay owned and operated.
 958 688 5533
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 Average room rate: $95
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El Alquimista Restaurante

Large restaurant on the beach with a full menu and full bar available whether or not you are guests of the attached hotel. El Alquimista is by no means exclusively gay but it is a popular gathering spot for gays as is the beach in front. Yoga classes. One of the nicer restaurants and hotels in town, El Alquimista is by no means exclusively gay but it is a popular gathering spot for gays as is the beach in front.
 958 587 8961
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El Alquimista Yoga Spa

One of the original and largest hotels in Zipolite with a big variety of room types from on the beach cabinas to luxury suites. Not a gay establishment but the restaurant and beach in front are very popular with gay clientele and the hotel is gay friendly.
 958 587 8961
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 Average room rate: $100
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La Buena Vida Posada

Gay friendly beachfront accommodations. Large comfortable rooms with private baths with hot water. Gay owned.
 (044) 55 4345 8823, 55 5536 5271
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 Average room rate: $50
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La Providencia

In a new larger location but still hidden away is the fanciest restaurant in Zipolite with the most upscale menu serving a variety of contemporary Mexican cuisine. Gay owned and the owner Javier's touch is everywhere in the art decorating the walls (which he painted) to the creative menu and space. Great for groups with a special group room available.
 958 100 9234
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Italian food with a good selection of wines, tequilas and mezcals. Gay owned by a Mexican/Italian couple.
 958 117 9492
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Orale Cafe

This gay owned and run garden café in a quiet part of town is consistently mentioned as the best breakfast in town. Open daily 8am to 3pm for breakfast, lunch and desserts. Espresso drinks.
 958 117 7129
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Playa del Amor

The whole of Zipolite beach is a nude beach, even if clothed people are the majority. But the more secluded Playa del Amor is the most gay (and has the most nudity). It is reached by walking to the far east end of the main beach and walking up and over the short trail over the point. Note the photo is from a peak time around New Years; you may normally find just a handful of people on the beach.
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Playa Roca Blanca

The beach on the west side of town in the Roca Blanca neighborhood (so named for the whitish rock a km or so offshore) is the second gayest beach in Zipolite (after Playa del Amor). Directly in front of the Alquimista is where the gays hang out and around the rocks on the beach. After sunset things are occasionally known to get frisky.
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Villa Aikia

Gay friendly accommodation. 14 rooms, many with stunning ocean view, pool and bar.
 55 4386 7566
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 Average room rate: $150
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Vista Del Amor

Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, event center overlooking Playa del Amor.
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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

Oaxaca: Casa Pavo Real
Zipolite: Xizalo Bar and Guesthouse

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