Mexico’s second-largest city is affectingly known as the San Francisco of Mexico and has one of the largest LGBTQ+ populations in the country. Unsurprisingly, that means it also boasts a vibrant, fun atmosphere for the community. From a thriving nightlife to plenty of queer-friendly restaurants and shops, there’s something around every corner for LGBTQ+ travelers.
Guadalajara is the undisputed gay capital of Mexico, and features plenty of the LGBTQ+-friendly accouterments you’re probably used to. The annual Pride Festival in June brings in thousands of revelers from around the country and features one of the largest parades in North and Latin America. When it comes to nightlife, there are more than 20 LGBTQ+-owned bars to choose from. Two of the most popular include California’s Bar, which features great music and a party atmosphere. The Caudillos Disco Bar is a local institution that showcases excellent drinks and a wide mix of people.
When you’re not living it up at night, be sure to check out some of the local sights. The Historic Center features dozens of museums and the old Mexican town of Tlaquepaque, nestled right in the middle of the city. Here you’ll find markets and boutique shops to explore. The nearby Tonala artisan street market is held every Thursday and Sunday and is world-renowned and a must-see when visiting.
When it comes to accommodations, there are plenty of LGBTQ+-friendly bed and breakfasts in Guadalajara, like the Casa Alebrijes Gay Hotel. As with any city of more than 7 million people, always be aware of your surroundings when traveling here and you’ll be just fine.
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