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Guys from an Atlantis gay cruise having a swim after lunch on Isla Mujeres. Photo by Richard Austin Obenchain

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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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.

Tulum, Coba, Cenote & Mayan Village Private Tour

During this private full-day tour you 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 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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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
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Ciber Arcoiris Cancún Centro

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
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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
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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 Kinky Nightclub and gym. Large property with 100s of rooms and many restaurants and bars. Previously named Grand Oasis Sens.
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 Average room rate: $300 USD
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Playa Delfines

Beach in the hotel zone known as the gay beach. The gay section is to the north.
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Hotel B Unique

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
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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

La Cueva del Maya T

Bar, Disco, Stripper Shows, Drag Queen Shows.
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La Wall

Gay owned "straight friendly" bar. The name is a response to the hateful racist and homophobic comments of Trump and is a wall which is inclusive, which protects, a wall of love, hugs, and parties. Here all colors, races, religions, sexualities, ideologies, etc are welcome.
 +52 984 149 1862
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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.
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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.
 +52 984 877 3800
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 Average room rate: $90 USD
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X Mahan Nah Spa Club Pl del Carmen

Bathhouse with steamroom, pornroom, darkroom, lockers, jacuzzi, wirelees internet and more... must be 18 years old or more. a place to meet guys make new friends or just to have fun. Men only. Open 4pm - 10pm daily.
 (984) 2062996
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Puerto Morelos

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
 Average room rate: $70 USD
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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
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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 Crucero
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: Papachulo Lounge Bar
Punto Maroma: Belmond Maroma
Tulum: Adonis Tulum Riviera Maya

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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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