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Puerto Vallarta’s pride to take over old town’s romantic zone

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In 1963 Elizabeth Taylor’s extramarital affair with Richard Burton while filming in Banderas Bay put Puerto Vallarta on the map for US tourists. And ever since it has grown into a popular resort city that boasts a cosmopolitan lifestyle, pristine beaches, mountains and lush tropical jungle.

This year Puerto Vallarta’s Pride event will take place  on the weekend of 22 to 26 May, 2014. Increasing the one three-day weekend event into a week-long cultural celebration of Puerto Vallarta and its international population including music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities in participating bars and clubs.

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The ‘romantic zone’ (aka Olas Altas) within the Old Town is where the celebrations are being planned. And this is where you can find a high concentration of LGBT-owned and gay friendly businesses. There are a plethora of gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and guest houses in the area.

Described as a mystical destination that combines the richness of Mexico’s tradition with innovation of the 21st-century. This rich contrast has created a beachside cosmopolitan city against the backdrop of the Sierra Madre along the Pacific coast.

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With 27 miles of coastline, there is plenty of space to allow you be in the throng of thongs or enjoy a secluded beach just for two. For adrenalin junkies, the destination offers exciting thrills extreme sports and water activities including whale watching, swimming with dolphins, zip lining through the jungle canopy, and more.

While cities around the world proclaim themselves as ‘gay friendly’, Puerto Vallarta has focused on offering a distinctly Vallarta experience to the gay traveller. And is dubbed as the ‘San Francisco of Mexico’, due to its friendly atmosphere.

Puerto Vallarta Pride takes place between 22-26 May, 2014, vallartapride.com and visitpuertovallarta.com

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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