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Cancun and the Riviera Maya - White sand beaches and fun in the sun

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The Yucatan peninsula is primarily known for its beach resorts (in Quintana Roo state) such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Tulum. There is a good-sized gay scene to be found in Cancun and a growing one in Playa del Carmen and several gay owned accomodation options in Puerto Morelos. Special gay events and circuit parties are also regular visitors to the resort towns.

Quintana Roo state is also a leader in Mexico in terms of LGBT rights, with same sex marriages being legal statewide since 2012.

Elsewhere on the Yucatán there are a number of world famous archelogical sites from the Mayan civilization such as Chitzen Itza and Tulum. And the capital of Yucatan state, Merida, has a thriving gay scene.

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Upcoming events in Quintana Roo State / Riviera Maya

June 20-26, 2022: Playa Pride

Playa Pride in Playa del Carmen will have a week of events from June 20 to 26, 2022 with the parade taking place on Saturday June 25 at 4:00 pm.

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Recommended Tours

We've selected a few tours from local providers that include transport from Cancún, Playa del Carmen and other locations on the Riviera Maya. These are recommended tours and a good fit for LGBT visitors. Please email us at if you like to send us feedback on these tours or if you have others you think we should recommend.

Chichén Itzá, Cenote & Valladolid Tour with Hotel Pickup

Get picked up in the lobby of your Cancún hotel (or at meeting point for Playa del Carmen and Tulum pickups) for a full day adventure. First you will explore the unforgetable ruins at Chichen Itza with a knowledgeable guide. Then to Cenote Samal for a refreshing dip and a buffet lunch. Onto the beautiful colonial town of Vallodolid.

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Tulum, Coba, and Cenote Full-day Tour

Embark on a journey to discover the remnants of an ancient civilization as you explore the archeological site of Coba and climb the steep stairs of the Nohoch Mul pyramid. Cool off with a refreshing swim in a natural sinkhole with turquoise waters. Finish the day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, where you can unleash your inner archeologist as you examine weather-worn ruins from ancient Maya civilizations.

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There is a good-sized gay scene to be found in Cancun with lots of locals.  Show gay map of Cancun

11:11 Club Gay

"Once once" is a large gay club with dancing and stripper shows. Smoking terrace, electronic music room, pop music room. Karaoke 10 pm to midnight.
 +52 998 135 2243
 Average rating: 78 Good
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Ciber Arcoiris Cancún Crucero

Gay Internet café. Private booths where discreet action takes place.
 +52 99 8734 7440
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Láser Hot Bar Beer y Queer

Bar with drag shows. No cover and 2-1 happy hour before 10 pm. Show at 10:30pm.
 +52 998 440 1450
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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Nomads Hostel Cancun

Stylish hostel with dorms and private rooms. Pool bar. Breakfast included. Not a gay hostel but located close to gay nightlife. Previously named Mayan Monkey.
 +52 998 217 5332
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 Average room rate: $91 USD
 Average rating: 93 Excellent
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Now Emerald Cancun

Four star all inclusive hotel. Mixed but with a strong gay following and can be cruisy especially at the nightclub and gym. Large property with 100s of rooms and many restaurants and bars. Close to the gay beach. Previously named Grand Oasis Sens.
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 Average room rate: $300 USD
 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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Oh! Cancun The Urban Oasis

There are no particularly gay hotels in Cancún, but this is a gay friendly option in the center, close to nightlife and restaurants. Pool with DJ. Spa.
 +52 55 4170 9258
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 Average room rate: $79 USD
 Average rating: 83 Very Good
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Playa Delfines

Beach in the hotel zone known as the gay beach. The gay section is to the north.
 Average rating: 94 Excellent
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Temptation Cancun Resort

There are no gay hotels in Cancún but this hotel is famous for its sexually charged party atmosphere. You will likely find some gay guys in the crowd (as well as some bi ones) or on the apps.
 +52 998 848 7900
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 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Hotel B Unique

Adults only hotel which promotes itself as gay friendly. Contemporary design, pool, yoga and massage.
 +52 987 872 0300
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 Average room rate: $250 USD
 Average rating: 85 Very Good
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Holbox Dream Beachfront Hotel

Gay friendly beachfront hotel. One of the sponsors of Playa Pride. Set on a private beach, this relaxed hotel with thatched-roof gazebos and tropical gardens is a 5-minute walk from the town of Holbox.
 +52 984 222 9194
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 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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Playa del Carmen

Playa has a growing reputation as a gay destination with several major destination parties occuring each year and a growing year round gay scene.  Show gay map of Playa del Carmen

Casa Sofia

Gay friendly restaurant specializing in Italian food. Host to some events during pride month in June.
 +52 984 166 4252
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Hostel 3B

Party hostel. Not a gay place but it is gay friendly. Dorms and some private rooms. Shared kitchen. They host regular club and music events on their rooftop pool and bar.
 +52 984 803 2901
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 Average rating: 82 Very Good
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Pink Flamingo Gay Tours

LGBTQ travel company operating tours along the Riviera Maya. Their focus is adventure tours such as ATVs & secret caves and also nature tours such the nature reserve of Sian Ka'an Biosphere and Isla Mujeres. They also provide and organise private tours on request.
 +52 9841785679
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Playa 69

Bar and dance club open Tuesday to Saturday. Mostly men. Strippers and drag shows on some nights. Entrance hidden in an alleyway to the left of the 7-11.
 Average rating: 63
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Reina Roja

Trendy gay friendly adults only hotel. The vibrant, artsy rooms provide flat-screen TVs, minibars and iPod docks. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, a funky restaurant and a rooftop pool, as well as an indoor pool (in the lobby) and a trendy bar with DJs. LGBT pool party every Sunday.
 +52 984 877 3800
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 Average room rate: $90 USD
 Average rating: 80 Very Good
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The Fives Downtown Hotel and Residences

Hip luxury hotel part of the gay friendly Hilton chain. Not a exclusively gay hotel of course but they have been known to host gay events at their rooftop bar/pool. Close to all the action downtown.
 +52 (800) 592-1246
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 Average rating: 89 Excellent
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The Palm at Playa

Gay friendly trendy, upscale hotel which is a sponsor of Playa del Carmen's pride festivities and host to some events. Pool, spa, bar, restaurants.
 +52 984 128 0191
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 Average room rate: $135 USD
 Average rating: 84 Very Good
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X Mahan Nah Spa Club Pl del Carmen

Bathhouse with steamroom, pornroom, darkroom, lockers, jacuzzi, wireless internet. For men only 18+
 +52 984 206 2996
 Average rating: 62
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Puerto Morelos

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Chéel Hotel Ecológico

Gay owned and operated with cabañas and camping. Jungle setting where you'll be close to nature and might see spider monkeys or exotic birds. Located 15 minutes from the small village of Puerto Morelos with its beautiful white sand beach. Nearby are cenotes (underground rivers) to explore as well and the larger cities of Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Cozumel and sites such as Chitzen Itza and Tulum are not far.
 +52 777 439 7871
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 Average room rate: $70 USD
 Average rating: 73 Good
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Layla Guesthouse

Gay owned guesthouse opened in 2013. Provides an intimate and tropical environment from which to explore the quiet beaches of Puerto Morelos. Tropical hardwoods accent the studios designed for the indoor/outdoor living so typical here. Pet friendly. There is a sitting area, a dining area and a kitchen complete with a microwave and a refrigerator. Spa center and outdoor pool.
 +52 (1) 998 104 9831
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 Average room rate: $139 USD
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Fruity Cocktail Bar

Regular queer parties which happen in Tulum, check social media for schedule and location. Note that the cocktail bar which used to be open regularly is not currently open, except for special events.
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Loba Tulum

Gay hotel for men only. Clothing optional pool and sundeck. Rooms with patios.
 +52 415 100 3354
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 Average rating: 92 Excellent
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Villas H2O Tulum

Gay friendly boutique hotel with a variety of rooms and penthouse apartments (which have kitchens and living rooms). Large pool.
 +52 984 745 8973
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 Average room rate: $125 USD
 Average rating: 86 Very Good
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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

Cancun: Ciber Arcoiris Cancún Centro
Cancun: Fiance Experience
Cancun: Gay Tours Mexico
Cancun: Karamba Bar
Cancun: ME Cancun Hotel
Cancun: Sexy's Club
Cancun: Wet Male Strippers
Cancun: X Mahan Nah Spa Club Cancun
Playa del Carmen: Gay Weddings Mexico
Playa del Carmen: La Cueva del Maya T
Playa del Carmen: La Wall
Playa del Carmen: Papachulo Lounge Bar
Punto Maroma: Belmond Maroma
Tulum: Adonis Tulum Riviera Maya

Additional comments from our visitors about LGBT places for Quintana Roo State / Riviera Maya

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Guillermo. Urrea

Por favor que hoteles gay hay en cancuntipo cuatro tres estrellas con alimentación completa?gracias x su información Guillermo

July 06, 2018

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Abra gay pride parade en Cancun? Saben fecha y lugar ??

May 20, 2018

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Quiero pasar el verano ya sea en Cancún o en Playa del Carmen, que me recomiendan (respecto al ambiente gay)

May 19, 2016

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José Luis

Que tours para chicos gay hay en Cancún?
Que me pueden recomendar, todo tranquilo

May 16, 2016

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