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Gay Cancun: Tourista paradise


Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for gay travelers, and Cancun is the ultimate tourist destination in Mexico. The result is a very tourist friendly, gay friendly atmosphere with excellent public transportation, friendly people and luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Unlike other cities, Cancun has a modern water purification system so most of the tap water is drinkable for visitors.

Cancun's Zona Hotelera is the strip of resorts and hotels created specifically for tourists. In this area, you will find American chain restaurants, shops and amazing beaches. El Centro is the downtown area, a bit less touristy and more local. Here there are great local eateries, and a variety of nightclubs, gay and straight.

Clubs come and go quickly in Cancun, but there are a couple long-lasting gay clubs and many of the straight clubs are gay-friendly. Nightlife in Cancun doesn't really get started until 10pm or later, and lasts until 5 in the morning. Looking for addresses in Cancun can be tricky, but the cab drivers know most of clubs by name. Buses run frequently between El Centro and Zona Hotelera and El Centro is walkable.

Cancun offers the beautiful strips of white sand beaches that most people think of when they imagine the Yucatan coast. Many of the beaches have rough waves and are not safe to swim in, but are great for sunbathing and other water sports. The beach crowd changes depending on the time of day, so many beaches go from being family friendly to cruise spots within a few hours. Parque de las Palapas in El Centro is another outdoor location known for its cruisey-ness.

While in Cancun you won't want to miss a trip to the Mayan ruins at Ruinas del Rey and Yamil Lu'um, both in the Zona Hotelera. Whatever you do while in Cancun, you are sure to have an amazing tropical vacation.