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

An Undiscovered Gem Where Almost Anything Goes

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The first thing anyone says when they mention Zipolite is that it's an amazing place but you can't tell anyone. It must remain undiscovered else it will be ruined. So do NOT read the information below. Or we'll have to kill you, sorry.

Zipolite is one of the highlights for a gay or nudist visitor to Mexico. The beautiful approximately 2 km long beach is fronted by a collection of beachside restaurants and hotels. Nudity is entirely accepted and normal on the entire beach as are displays of affection between same-sex couples. The middle sections of the beach though are primarily straight and primarily clothed. The beach faces almost directly south so you can catch both beautiful sunrises and sunsets. At the west end of the beach is El Alquimista hotel and restaurant and Shambala. El Alquimista's beach restaurant is a popular gay gathering spot and the rocks and beach in front are as well. The most gay section (and the most nudist) is Playa del Amor, reached by walking to the far east side of the main beach and then climbing a stairway up and back down to the small hidden beach. This is the most popular and the most cruisy spot for gay men (although it is somewhat mixed).

There isn't really any exclusively gay nightlife but virtually everyplace is welcoming of gays and lesbians. And there are many gay owned businesses in town. The businesses below tend to be the most popular with the gay crowd while catering to everyone. Other places in town are popular but may have more of straight or party vibe.

Zipolite's everything goes sort of vibe has attracted a number of communities to the area which in some ways complement each other and in other ways compete. As well as the gay and nudist presence, there are a number of places for yoga and massage which have a more spiritual vibe. And there are is also a young party crowd that comes down for all night raves on the beach, primarily at peak times such as New Year's and Easter.

Note that there are few services in Zipolite other than hotels, restaurants, bars and some basic groceries and souvenirs. There are now 2 private ATMs but they are sometimes out of service meaning you may need to go to a real bank, the closest of which is Pochutla (the ATM in Puerto Angel is no longer there). Most places accept cash only, with just a few places accepting credit cards. Wifi is plentiful but generally not super reliable. The area is covered for cell and even 3G data service with Telcel, but it is also slow and spotty.

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Hotels

Heven
 www.hevenresidence.com

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 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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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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Restaurants

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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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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Mare

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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Beaches

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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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: Hotel Neptuno
Bars: Vista Del Amor
Bars: Xizalo Bar and Guesthouse

Additional comments from our visitors about Zipolite LGBT Places

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Daniel

There are many gay owned hotels and businesses in Zipolite and many of the hotels and restaurants listed here are in fact gay owned. Zipolite does however tend to be an inclusive, live and let live environment so everyone gay and straight mix. The beach in front of the Alquimista is definitely a gay hangout especially in high seasons. It attracts people from all over the world and has really grown up in the last 15 years and become a gay destination yet has maintained its bohemian vibe.

July 10, 2016

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Robert W

Been spending 3 moths in Zipoolite for 6 years and long vacations before that. IT IS GAY HEAVEN! Good food, sun and great yoga to keep you in shape. We stay at the east end with Sara and Carlos (ask the locals, they all know Sara & Carlos). It is great weather, clear water, beautiful sand and great food. Cheap by international standards, friendly people and just a great place to call your winter home. Just don't tell the riff-raff that this place really exists. You meet the nicest people here. Oh, if you can't find it here, you really don't need it.

August 15, 2015

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Bob

I was in Zipolite last March (2015). Here' some useful tips:

1- There is no specific gay places (or business) but it seems to me that they are all gay friendly.

2- To me the "gay section" of Zipolite is located on the west end side, where the Alquimista bar-restaurant is. OK, there are gays going at Playa del Amor (located on the very east end side) but that's about all it for that part of the beach so I found much more interesting the west end side (where El Alquimista is). Oh!, to make yourself oriented about east-west direction, when you look at ocean, east direction is on your left side, so west is on your....yeah right!

3- Gay beach (if there's one because once again, as I said, there is no gay specific place in Zipolite), sould be the beach in front of El Alquimista. Also they have long chairs that you can use if you patronize for about 25 pesos per beer. Good deal.

4- Very nice Hotel Nude, just 3 minutes walking direction east from El Alquimista, has a very nice pool inside, is a good choice for gays but it's a bit pricy, rooms start at 800 pesos (March 2015).

5- Good place for breakfast is Restaurant Orale, gay owned, once you're on back of Nude Hotel, turn left, walk one minute and you'll see the sign at entrance. They serve succulents breakfasts for 50 pesos but they close at 3:00 pm. Jean Francois (one of the frendly owner from Canada) will be please to give you loads of infos about Zipolite.

6- Since you were patient reading me up to this point, here's the most secret about Zipolite: Yes there's a gay nude little hidden beach. It's one step (100 feet) west of the El Alquimista. Go over the rock and there you are. Or from the beach, walk toward Hotel Shambala, after 100 feet you'll see it, you just can't miss that little secretive gay only beach.

So that's it, enjoy Zipolite.... -Bob, SF.

April 27, 2015

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Pedro Pereira

This pictures are awesome.
Hope i can visit one day!

April 22, 2015

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Doug from Vancouver, Canada

Visited Zipolite around New Year's 2013/2014 and it was a great time. I've heard how quiet it can be there but that's certainly not true at new year's (or apparently not at Easter). Lot's of people, lot's of hot men! It's a really open and diverse scene, other than Playa del Amor, nothing feels primarily gay but yet everywhere is super gay friendly in a way I've never seen anywhere else in Latin America. Guys holdings hands (foreigners and Mexicans) on the main street or on the main beach for example. Given the lack of services in the town (if you want anything but a restaurant, bar or the most basic of groceries you're heading out of town) I can see it must get a lot quieter at other times and prices do apparently go down significantly for most hotels so that might be a good time to visit for many.

January 29, 2014

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