Grab a cab at the airport and head for Casa Cúpula Hotel, a luxury LGBTQ boutique hotel in a compound only a 10-minute walk from Party Central along Olas Altas. Its Friday Night Warm-Up Party is a great way to start the weekend.
Explore Viejo Vallarta, also known as the Zona Romantica: picturesque tree-lined, cobblestone streets full of shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, galleries and attractions like the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Head over to the 12-block Malecón boardwalk to admire the monumental sculptures. Then settle down in a green lounge chair at Ritmos Beach Café with a bucket of beer or ice-cold margaritas on Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta's Gay beach. It's a great spot for soaking up some sun but also cruising, massages and live music.
Happy Hour is almost any hour in Puerto Vallarta with some bars like the Gay-owned Aaron's Rainbow Room having two (3 pm - 5 pm, 9 pm - 11 pm). As dinnertime rolls around, check out No Way Jose!, specializing in contemporary Mexican cuisine, with a full menu for under 330 pesos (US$20), cash only.
Get an overview of Vallarta nightlife by signing up for a Puerto Vallarta club crawl, an all-inclusive, all-you-can-drink, five-hour open-bar in Puerto Vallarta's best bars and clubs - available seven days a week, beginning at 10:15 pm.
After dark, CC Slaughters Puerto Vallarta is an attractive option for LGBTQ for partying, drinking, make new friends and dancing all night, every night of the week 6 pm - 4 am. Don't drop in until after 10.