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Hotel Mercurio is an all gay hotel with cheap rates, fantastic breakfast included, and in a great location one block from the beach and only a few blocks from the gay nightlife.  Even if you don't stay there, check out their BBB Sundays (burgers, boys, and beers).

Casa Capula is an all gay hotel on top of a hill.  Check out their Saturday naked pool parties, and their Sunday drag brunch.

Take a gay party cruise once during your week.  Wet N Wild gay cruise, and PV Dulce cruise are both fantastic.  $100 includes lunch, booze, entertainment, and swimming at a private beach.  Bring extra $ to get special attention from the crew.

Check out ActII and Palm Cabaret.  Both offer great entertainment, with two or more shows each night and they change throughout the week.

My typical PV day:

Wake up, breakfast, beach, lunch, massage, happy hour, siesta, 7pm show, dinner, then strip clubs (most open around 10pm)

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5 hours ago, JEC said:

Going to PVR for Thanksgiving week 2021 (for the first time)

Welcome any/all insights and recommendations, not just escort/massage.

Thanks all!

Jack

When you arrive at the airport, DON'T talk to the transportation salesmen that line the hallways from baggage claim to the terminal exit.  DO use the ATMs at the airport, but DECLINE the banks currency conversion.  Just withdraw how many Pesos you want, and your account will automatically be withdrawn the correct US dollars.  The bank conversion option makes you lose on the exchange rate.

DO walk outside the terminal and pickup a taxi there.  You tell them where you're going, and you pay at the counter in advance, but prices are less than $20 to even the far end of the Romantic Zone.

Uber can't pick up at the airport, but it can drop you off there at the end of your trip.  If you use taxis throughout your trip, the best idea is to ask them the total cost to your destination before you get in.  Even traveling from Zona Romantica to the timeshares uptown, will only be about $4 US.

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5 hours ago, JEC said:

Going to PVR for Thanksgiving week 2021 (for the first time)

Welcome any/all insights and recommendations, not just escort/massage.

Thanks all!

Jack

Be sure to check out Club Spartacus, the gay bathhouse.  Good times to go are afternoon siesta to relax in the hot tub and sauna, or when you're leaving the bars for the night and haven't picked someone up

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On 10/10/2021 at 9:46 AM, JEC said:

Got a tip, Uber can't pick you up at the airport but they can pick you up across the street.   There's a famous taco stand (Marlin) across the street - go there have some tacos and call an Uber, boom!   😁

True, but for how cheap the taxis are, even at the airport, vs the hassle of walking across the highway bridge with your luggage, I recommend just taking a taxi from the airport.  You're saving yourself like $3 or $4, not $30 or $40.

Just don't sign up for any transportation from inside the terminal.  Wait until you get outdoors to get a taxi.

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Make life easier.  Book a car service.  Thank me later.

They'll have your name on a placard when you walk outside.

A new-model Tahoe or Suburban with a comfortable backseat and great AC never goes out of style.

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16 hours ago, Benjamin_Nicholas said:

Make life easier.  Book a car service.  Thank me later.

They'll have your name on a placard when you walk outside.

A new-model Tahoe or Suburban with a comfortable backseat and great AC never goes out of style.

I wanna travel with this guy!

<muttering> dragging my luggage across some Mexican highway bridge at the airport like a homeless person?….are you people fucking nuts? <end>

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On 9/29/2021 at 3:47 PM, Vegas_nw1982 said:

Hotel Mercurio is an all gay hotel with cheap rates, fantastic breakfast included, and in a great location one block from the beach and only a few blocks from the gay nightlife.  Even if you don't stay there, check out their BBB Sundays (burgers, boys, and beers).

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I've enjoyed staying at Mercurio many times, but for the last 4-5 years have been staying at the Hotel Almar which is right on the gay beach (Mercurio, while near the beach, is a few blocks from the gay beach). The Almar also has a terrific beach pool and club, and shows on their rooftop bar/restaurant. Most rates also include breakfast (not all). I will confess to being one of those who drags his suitcase across the highway to get Uber. It does save about $20 to the Almar. One of the aspects of Puerto Vallarta I love the most are the restaurants. The Cafe des Artistes is my favorite restaurant in the world. On the beach, I love El Dorado. I also love the very romantic River Cafe and the very authentic and tasty Red Cabbage Cafe (Repollo Rojo). 

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Hey y'all. So I have a cruise stop at PV. I will have a day to explore the city.  A local market, one gay bar and Club Spartacus is on my list. What else should I add?

One more thing when "Zona Romantica" is like town? I have it on my list but where do I go in the Zona Romantica?

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, menaughty said:

Hey y'all. So I have a cruise stop at PV. I will have a day to explore the city.  A local market, one gay bar and Club Spartacus is on my list. What else should I add?

One more thing when "Zona Romantica" is like town? I have it on my list but where do I go in the Zona Romantica?

Thanks!

Zona Romantica is an area of town, next to the gay beach, and contains the gay bars and strip clubs.  Spartacus is in Zona Romantica.

If your ship leaves early, you'll likely miss out on most of the fun in Zona Romantica, because gay bars don't open until after dinner.

If you're just in PV for the day, I recommend Uber or taxi to the beach near Blue Chairs, then of course Sparticus

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19 hours ago, Unicorn said:

One of the aspects of Puerto Vallarta I love the most are the restaurants. The Cafe des Artistes is my favorite restaurant in the world. On the beach, I love El Dorado. I also love the very romantic River Cafe and the very authentic and tasty Red Cabbage Cafe (Repollo Rojo). 

All my favorites as well. Red Cabbage is a must…I took a cooking class there one day.

Not sure if it’s still a going concern but “Los Pibes” was a great Argentinian Steakhouse. Used to have two locations but closed the marina one. 

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4 hours ago, Vegas_nw1982 said:

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If you're just in PV for the day, I recommend Uber or taxi to the beach near Blue Chairs, then of course Sparticus

There are three main gay establishments at the gay beach: (1) Blue chairs, (2) Green/orange chairs (Ritmos), and (3) Mantamar. The larger the number, the better the food in my opinion. The Mantamar is associated with the Hotel Almar, and you may have to pay a fee if you're not a guest of the hotel (at the others, you have to just order at least a bottled water or iced tea). Mantamar has excellent sushi and sashimi, and they have duck tacos to die for. Also great ceviches, and tons of other options from Mexican to Italian to Peruvian. When coming from the ocean, facing the mountains, blue chairs are on the left, green chairs in the center, Mantamar on the right.

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Mantamar, looking towards the green/orange chairs on the right (towards the ocean):

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On 10/20/2021 at 7:13 PM, Unicorn said:

I've enjoyed staying at Mercurio many times, but for the last 4-5 years have been staying at the Hotel Almar which is right on the gay beach (Mercurio, while near the beach, is a few blocks from the gay beach). The Almar also has a terrific beach pool and club, and shows on their rooftop bar/restaurant. Most rates also include breakfast (not all). I will confess to being one of those who drags his suitcase across the highway to get Uber. It does save about $20 to the Almar. One of the aspects of Puerto Vallarta I love the most are the restaurants. The Cafe des Artistes is my favorite restaurant in the world. On the beach, I love El Dorado. I also love the very romantic River Cafe and the very authentic and tasty Red Cabbage Cafe (Repollo Rojo). 

I think I've given up on Mercurio after staying there many times.  I understand them wanting to do things to increase revenue, but when those things result in the pool area being overrun by people not staying at the hotel it makes my stay less enjoyable.  Maybe it's because of my age, but I liked the vibe of 10 years ago or so more when it was more quiet and less crowded.  It was still fun but wasn't party central, which seems to be what they are trying to make Mercurio now. 

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On 9/28/2021 at 6:26 PM, Vegas_nw1982 said:

Be sure to check out Club Spartacus, the gay bathhouse.  Good times to go are afternoon siesta to relax in the hot tub and sauna, or when you're leaving the bars for the night and haven't picked someone up

Sadly, Spartacus caught fire our first day here!   They say will be a "few weeks to reopen"  😵

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