Category Archives: Mexico

By @ 11/11/14 in Aaron Drake, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

casa-velas-puerto-vallarta-mexico-home-top11Our correspondent Aaron Drake checks in with a new Check Out, this time focusing on his latest trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and the romantic Casa Velas.

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Casa Velas is ideal for gay honeymooners, those looking for a place to say ‘I do’ (wedding packages are available), or those just looking to get away. If you’re flying solo this trip you may not encounter many other singles — but if it’s rest, relaxation and a refresh from the daily buzz you’re after, you won’t find a better option offering optimal comfort and opportunity for pampering yourself.



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By @ 05/29/14 in Gay travel, Leyla Farah, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

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Our LA-based (Wo)ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Leyla Farah travels frequently. She recently visited Puerto Vallarta and wanted you to know that despite reports to the contrary, this Mexican port city is still a fabulous place to visit. You just have to know where the new hotspots are.

We know, we know. Puerto Vallarta, or PV as it’s affectionately known, has been done. The beaches, the boardwalk, the sculptures, the church, the bars. Been there, done that. PV has been a gay-friendly destination for so long that most of us checked it off of our to-do list long, long ago. But PV just might be worth a second look if you’re willing to approach it from a new angle.

The swanky district of Conchas Chinas (literally “Chinese Shells” — named for a type of sea shell found only on the local beaches) is just south of the PV most people know. Locals refer to the area as “The Hills” (as in “The Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta”). Just a 20 minute cab ride from the city center, it’s worlds away from the congestion, pollution, aggressive vendors and drunk tourists that can give PV a bad name.



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By @ 05/05/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Travel

tulumIt’s Cinco de Mayo, which means our minds our on the soft, whit sand beach of Tulum, the most gorgeous beach town of the Yucatan Peninsula, a place of ruinous beauty, Mayan culture, gourmet food, and long stretches of paradise. You can check out our guide to Tulum by subscribing here. Or write us at kenny@manaboutworld.com and let us know your favorite places for celebrating Cinco de Mayo

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By @ 02/24/14 in Cancun, CheckOut, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

Oasis Sens 4 gays at poolOur ManAboutWorld correspondent Paul VanDeCarr visited the Oasis Sens, an adult-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancún, Mexico. Was it as gay friendly as they promoted? Read our new column CheckOut and, well, check it out.

Basics
An “adults-only” resort hotel on the beach featuring outdoor pools, multiple restaurants with various cuisines and a friendly but not obsequious staff. Plenty of entertainments and activities such as Spanish lessons, yoga sessions, stage shows at the “Kinky Club” and cheesy but fun Mayan dance performances out by the pool. Small-to-moderate complaints like problems with the key cards or untidy spots in the common areas prevent the Oasis Sens from being a luxury hotel, if that’s what you’re looking for. The feel here is of folks splurging on a little easygoing beach vacay: the straight lady from Kansas who seemed to relish going topless, the college boy recommending “Dude, you totally have to go into the ocean wasted!!”, the middle-aged Russians in on the direct flight from Moscow, the trash-talking dykes from Dallas and the cute queeny 20-something gay friends from New York.

Location
In Cancún’s hotel zone, which feels about “authentic” Mexican as a Taco Bell. But the real attraction here is the beach, which is gorgeous. To go directly to and from the airport you have to take a shuttle (about US $15) or taxi (about US $30) respectively. Or you can take a US $1 bus ride downtown, and from there catch a cheap “colectivo” van to the airport. Downtown itself is a bit of a hike—too far to walk—though it sports a couple fun gay clubs. Don’t confuse the Oasis Sens with its sister property down the road, the Grand Oasis Cancún, which has the reputation of being a party hotel for drunk college students.



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By @ 04/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Photo du jour, Puerto Vallarta, Travel

ArcencielstudiVallarta-48[1] PVThis photo comes to us courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Carnival, which took place earlier this year, but we loved the colors and the sexy look of this disguised stranger.

It’s not a gay event per se but with all those feathered, bejeweled and made-up guys, there’s certainly something at least a bit queer about it.

Speaking of PV, we recently covered their upcoming Pride. Click here for more information.



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By @ 04/11/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Party, Puerto Vallarta, Travel
I'll go if they're there!

I’ll go if they’re there!

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 24th, 2013.

Events will start with a cocktail kick-off at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Cupula Hotel Boutique and continue for three days, celebrating LGBT culture and Puerto Vallarta’s welcoming community with music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities in participating bars and clubs.

To get your planning going, download our iPad app here and purchase the October 2012 issue.



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By @ 04/04/13 in Gay travel, Mexico, Parting Shots, Paul VanDeCarr, Travel

mexicoThe last section of our magazine is “Parting Shots,” which are photos taken by our Global Correspondents, subscribers and other friends who send us their favorite image relating to that month’s theme. Our April theme was architecture. Here’s the story behind one of our favorite pictures of the Museo Soumaya in Mexico from Global Correspondent Paul VanDeCarr.

The museum opened in March 2011, and I visited and took this photo in June 2011. On the inside are enormous white galleries divided up by movable walls, and some excellent pieces (and some not-so-excellent). But it’s the exterior that I really like. It’s got a honeycombed pattern of reflective glass on the outside, so fluid and organic-looking that I want to lick it or eat it. It was designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, and funded by another Mexican and the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú — the museum is named after the latter’s late wife.

 

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