Hello everyone. My boyfriend and I going on a Mexican Riviera cruise from SF, with stops in Mazatlan, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. We've been to Cabo and Acapulco before and to PV almost a dozen times and pretty much know what to do there. I am curious if Mazatlan and Zihuatanejo have beach-side establishments (Similar to the Blue and Green Chairs in PV) with food and beverage service and where we can hang out with other "family members". Do these places have gay or gay friendly beaches? I've done internet research and have come up with zero info. Can anyone help? Thanks! Frank
Sorry to say.. but I think your out of luck for gay beaches in both these places. Was on an Atlantis cruise to these areas last year and there was no place to go on either of these ports. The beaches in Mazatlan were great... but no "family only" beaches.
When in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, the ship offered a kayak tour through some of the jungle waterways which was pretty lame. There were other tours which went to the resorts in Ixtapa... which if your just looking for a day at the beach... its a good way to go.
In Mazatlan... we did our own thing.. took cab out to the Golden Zone, where there was lots of shopping. There are some nice beaches along the coast here. We took cab back to the ship and driver gave us a great tour... stopping at alot of the monuments and sites. We got to stop and see cliff divers as well. He did a great job. Again... the ship offers tours, but we didn't find anything of interest. There was a gay/gay friendly bar in the Golden Zone... but don't remember the name.. but seems like most of us from the ship found that bar during the afternoon.
We've spent a lot of time in the old fishing town, which is now the more-or-less touristy town of Zihuatanejo. The most important thing in Zihua is to get beyond the tourist traps along the beach walk and penetrate just 2 or 3 blocks into town. The town has a lot of nice shops and a lot of nice people if you just get past the traps. The best experience there is to stroll the streets and maybe have lunch at one of the restaurants just a little ways back from the beach.
If you want to actually be on the beach, you can take a taxi to Playa la Ropa or catch a water ferry to Los Gatos Beach. There'll be restaurants on the beach where you can get beverages and food. Taxis are very inexpensive in Zihua; just ask the fare before you get in.
How often do the water taxis go back and forth from the mainland to the island?
You can get to Las Gatos Beach by boat which you catch at the pier in town. they leave frequently between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, but be careful as the last return boat of the day is at 4:30PM as it appears that this is the single thing in Mexico that happens on time! Also, be sure you get back before your ship departs.