The Gay Cancun Guide

Gay Cancun Guide

This is our Everything Lesbian and Gay Cancun Guide!! In this guide we will cover the best beaches, gay areas, shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants, and places to meet and interact with locals. We found the need to make this guide because people kept asking us for one because an online search often comes up with only  outdated information as well as incomplete and not informative info about gay life and tourism in Cancun. While Cancun is not as much a gay destination as some other cities in Mexico, there are a lot of gays that live in Cancun and work for tourism.

Cancun Gay Guide to Everything

Cancun is more gay then you might first think. Most people imagine a lot of all inclusive hotels on the beach and spring breakers and families lining up in beach chairs. The other side of that image is the amount of young people that flock to Cancun from parts of Mexico and other countries for work. Each of those all inclusive hotels needs a lot of people to run them and that includes performers in shows, poolside entertainers and others and a good portion of these are gay. But unlike other cities in the world, there is not a gay neighborhood or a large amount of strictly gay clubs.

How to Discover Cancun’s Gay  Side

Cancun is not the easiest city for gay and lesbian travelers to navigate because it is divided into the tourist world of the Hotel Zone and the downtown that is not as visited by tourist. Even the Hotel Zone is very long with about 22 kilometers of hotels and shopping plazas. It can be hard to get around without a rental car and even then it is spread-out.

Cancun is more designed for people to come and stay in the all inclusive hotels and just stay there. We hope with this guide you discover the gay side of Cancun and also what is available as a side trip or the next stop from Cancun.

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This is looking north up the coast toward the Cancun Hotel Zone

Gay Bars and Clubs in Cancun

Karamba used to be the main gay bar and club in town but it has since closed and we are sure many guides will still have it on there. Here are the current bars and clubs that are gay or gay friendly.

11:11 OnceOnce Club

This is the main gay club in Cancun now.  11:11 Club is open Thursdays-Sundays from 10:30pm-6:00am. The best time to come is from 1:00am-3:00am. This gay club is on Avenida Tulum and the corner of Calle Claveles. This is near to the downtown ADO bus station.

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The 11:11 gay club in Cancun Mexico. 

Sexy’s Club

This is a gay club with dancing, drag shows and  go-go dancers. This club is a little more late night and circuit party than 11:11 Club. It is located near the Plaza Las Americas Mall in the downtown of Cancun. The address is Bonampak 237, Plaza Solare Cancun. This club is open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00pm-6:00am.

Laser Hot Bar

This is a very local bar with some shows. This is less of a club and more of a bar. This gay bar is mostly locals. Laser Hot Bar is on Avenida Tulum Plaza Galerias 77500 Cancún. This is near 11:11 Club. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00pm-6:00am Sundays 10:00pm-2:00pm.

Coco Bongo

Coco Bongo and Palazzo are both in the Hotel Zone at KM 9. These two big clubs are for tourist and are straight but get about 18% gay clientele. So you can say these are gay friendly clubs. Coco Bongo is show that goes from 11:00pm-3:15am and then becomes a dance club. During the show you don’t really have a dance floor, but rather stand and watch the show. The show is pretty interesting and will get you out of the all inclusive hotel for a real night out if that is what you are looking for. For more on Coco Bongo see our article here with a video. There is a Coco Bongo in Playa Del Carmen, both are almost identical in show and feel. One of the only difference is the Coco Bongo in Cancun is open everyday.

Palazzo Club

Is a straight dance club but gets about a 19% gay clientele. This club is at KM 9 in the Hotel Zone. Palazzo is open Thursday-Saturday 10:00pm-3:00am. It usually is not busy until 12 midnight.

Gay Events and Parties in Cancun

Gay Pride Cancun

Pride in Cancun is not a big parade or anything. This is usually in June. Events usually include a special night at a club.

Paradise Circuit Party

This event usually takes place in late November. It has been held both in Cancun and in Playa Del Carmen so check for the location for the year before booking. It is better when it is in Playa Del Carmen because you can walk between the venues and your hotel.

Gay Beaches in Cancun

Playa Delfines

The main gay beach is Playa Delfines. This beach is on the south end of the Hotel Zone. This is a more remote and open beach area where there are no hotels. This is the “unofficial” gay beach in Cancun. To get to this beach you will need to have a car or take the bus down the road of the Hotel Zone. There is a parking lot here but often parking is hard to find.

You will know when you arrive because this area is a bluff and is a higher area then most of the Hotel Zone. Don’t expect a lot of guys at this beach, it is know as a gay beach but does not always have a lot of people. Needless if there are any people there, the beach is beautiful.

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One of the beaches were gay people go in Cancun.

Playa Chac Mool

Other gay popular beaches include the Playa Chac Mool which is just south of Punta Cancun and is where the club area is in the Hotel Zone. This beach is popular because there are more people here and easier access to the beach.

Playa Norte

This beach is actually on Isla Mujeres but that is practically part of Cancun. You can take the ferry over from the Hotel Zone or from Puerto Juarez. The day trip is worth it.

This beach is walkable from the ferry. Playa Norte is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. It is clear water and shallow. On the beach there is plenty of eye candy and you can find a mixed crowd of people. Both gay traveler and gay locals come to this beach. There is no official gay section but if you head to the middle or more toward the east end you will find it nicer.

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This is Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres. Not only is the beach nice, so are the views!

Gay friendly hotels in Cancun

The downtown area of Cancun is mainly where people stay if they are just passing through. There is however a semi cute area near to one of the gay clubs and gay bars in the downtown. Here are two hotels that are decent to stay at in the downtown of Cancun.

  1. Eco Hotel- El Rey del Caribe is the nice of the two options and will still be within walking distance to the bar and club on Avenida Tulum.  You can click the link to check prices for your dates.
  2. Cancun International Suites is a 12 room hotel in a quieter neighborhood. It is within walking distance to clubs and local restaurants. Click the link to see prices.

Gay friendly hotels in the Hotel Zone

Here are the two most popular hotels that are gay friendly in Cancun.

  1. Grand Oasis Sens. This is an adult only hotel.  This resort has a large pool complex and 388 rooms. To see more about Grand Oasis Sens click the link here.
  2. J.W. Marriot Cancun. This hotel is popular with gays but not as much a swingers/adult hotel as the other. The staff is very friendly and the location is more central in the Hotel Zone.
  3. Temptations. This hotel is ocean front and has 384 rooms but less restaurant and not as nice beach as the Gran Oasis. But it does get a mixed crowd. To see more about Temptations Resort and Spa click the link here.

Gay Gyms in Cancun

Cancun does not have one gay gym but here are some of the good gyms in town.

  • Energy Gym. This would be the number one gay Cancun gym.This gym is fairly easy to get to. It has large open spaces, good equipment and steam and sauna. This gym is often used by some of the performers in shows in Cancun so the eye candy is worth it! This gym is at Plaza Malecón Américas Cancún. This is the backside of Plaza Las Americas Mall.
  • Total Gym. This gym is a little smaller then Energy gym. Day passes are 120-150 pesos. The address is: Av.Kabah SM.13 MZ.1 LT.4 Plaza Paseos Kabah.

Gay Shopping in Cancun

There are two areas where you can find gay shopping options in Cancun. They are on Avenida Tulum near to the ADO bus station and in the Plaza Las Americas Mall.

Plaza Las Americas

The main store in Plaza Las Americas is Boys Factory. It sells ES Collection, Andrew Christian and other popular gay clothing lines.

Avenida Tulum

There are a few stores on this avenue but Aire is the number one store for shopping. This store sells popular gay brands of clothes.

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The Aire Store on Avenida Tulum.

Gay Saunas and place to meet people

Xmahan Nah Sauna

This sauna is in the downtown of Cancun at sm.68Mza2 Calle 21 norte no.103 Cancún, Mexico. They are open Tuesday -Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm. Saunas are not as big as they are in some other countries. This is small and mostly locals go here.

Plaza Las Americas Mall

This mall is a popular place to meet people. It is crowded on the weekends and especialy Sundays. Many locals that have time off from working at the hotels come here to watch a movie or walk around with friends. It can be very cruisy here. This is the largest mall in Cancun and most popular.

Sometimes you might think this mall is overwhelmingly gay. This mall is also where you see a high rate of muscle boys.

Meeting people online

Meeting locals online is a popular way for tourist to connect. The popular apps work in Cancun but there are a few things you should know. Here they are:

  • If you stay in the Hotel Zone, this area is 95% tourist. This will make it hard to meet many locals.
  • Since the city of Cancun is separated into two areas (Downtown and Hotel Zone) it can be hard to get transportation to the other. It means an expensive taxi or a 20-40 minute bus ride. For information on local bus routes in Cancun see the interactive map here. UBER was operating for a while but it has since stopped service in Cancun!
  • Many local have roommates and are reserved about meeting at their home.
  • If you are staying at an all inclusive hotel, having guest come visit you if often restricted or required to get a day pass. Day passes can be as much as $50-$90 USD a day.
  • Many locals speak some English since it is a good second language to have. This makes it easy to communicate.

Gay Side Trips and Tours from Cancun

Playa Del Carmen

While Playa Del Carmen is smaller than Cancun, it does have more to offer to gay travelers. Playa Del Carmen is just a short 45 minutes away  by car or bus from Cancun (see our Cancun Bus Station Guide and Colectivo guide for transportation options).

If you are staying in Cancun you might want to come for a day and explore Playa Del Carmen a little. Besides having a more European feel and more walkable city, the gay scene is good. You can see more in our Gay Guide to Playa Del Carmen here.

Eco Parks in the Rivera Maya

The three large eco parks you can visit are Xel Ha, Xplor and Xcaret. All of these are worth the money for the day. You can get transportation included in your booking or go there by yourself. Click the links to each one to see how you can get a discount and more information.

Xel Ha Snorkel Park

Imagine going around all day in a large ocean inlet with people from all over the world in speedos and swimsuits? That is what this park is. Besides being fun it is very sexy. A lot of groups of gays that work as dancers and entertainers like to come here on their day off. Have fun in the sun here at this eco park. All food and alcoholic drinks are included in the admission price. For more on Xel Ha and how to get discounts see our article here.

Xplor Adventure Park

Xplor is all about adventure. It has two big zip line circuits, some that go though waterfalls! This is the best place to zip line in the Riviera Maya! Besides the zip lines there is swimming in underground rivers, driving a jeep cart though the woods and a paddle boat through caves.

This is a great way to spend a day for the active gay crowd. For more on Xplor and how to get the best price see our article here.

Xcaret Park

This is the largest eco park in the Riviera Maya. It is popular with families and also for adults. This park has animals, a Mexican hacienda, Mayan Village, aquarium and so much more! See our article on Xcaret and how you can get discounts off your tickets.

Gay tour guide for exploring more of the area

Here is one recommendation for exploring more then just Cancun. This private tour guide will take you around to explore the area. See the website here for more details.

Mayan ruins to visit from Cancun

One of the top activities for tourist is to see the Mayan ruins. From Cancun most of the Maya ruins are a little farther away so it will include some transportation time. The ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Ek Balam are all about the same distance. Coba is the furthest. For more on each of these Mayan ruin sites see our article here.

More tours and places to visit

For more places to visit and tours see our guide here with an interactive map.

Do you have more tips for gay Cancun? Are you a gay  or gay friendly business that would like to be listed here? Let us know. We like to include everything in our guides.

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One of the gay clubs in Cancun in the downtown area.

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  1. Thanks for your gay Cancun guide. There are is not so much information online. So many sites are so old you cannot trust them. I thought Cancun must have some gay life to it but there is not much online. We will be checking out some of these places and also your gay Playa del Carmen guide. We are doing a little tour in the Riviera Maya and want to include some gay life and cultural things.

  2. Great article and glad you have an up to date guide of what is going on in Cancun. So many guides and websites have old bars that are closed.

    • Just at some of the bars. It will be fun if you go out. The Cancun gay nightlife comes out for the new years. See what they have posted on their facebook pages, but all bars will have something going on.

  3. I must point out my gratitude for your kind-heartedness for these guides. We have used your website to travel the area and have a good insiders look at things. We did not want to stay in Cancun but we had to be close for our flight. The nightlife was pretty good there. Lots of gay guys!

  4. I love the gym at Plaza Las Americas in Cancun. Very good facilities and hot hot guys. It is a must to go there especially after 6pm.

    • 11:11 is the main gay club in Cancun. It is a late night and more weekend club. Grindr might just be your best friend there. You might not even have to leave your hotel. It is the most used app and most locals can speak enough English to get into trouble. We hope you have fun in Cancun.

  5. Thank you so VERY much for your insightful article ( especially enjoyed the heads up on muscle boy hangouts). While I have visited Cancun previously,I stayed Rivera Maya. Resorts are absolutely beautiful, but NO action. Even young males working there, unattractive. Done for a reason.

    • Hello Jeff

      It is ashamed that Cancun is not known as a gay destination. Most guys there are working all the time and there is not a gay section. Depending on what resort you stay at, some of the guys are very attractive. With price of room, comes better staff sometimes. Many times fitness staff and entertainment has a gay contingency to it.

  6. Hello everybody!
    I will be traveling to Cancun on May 19th for a week and I will be staying at the Secrets, any feed back on this property regarding being gay friendly?
    I am having a hard time finding tours for gays/gay friendly groups, any suggestions?
    By the way, I will be traveling alone, anyone wants to join me? 😉

    • This resort is a little above average in regard to being gay friendly. There are not really any gay tours since there is not a large amount of groups that are gay coming to Cancun. If you visit Xel Ha Park it can be fun. There are lots of guys walking around in Speedos.

  7. Hey everyone,
    I will be going to Cancun on this Friday(June 8th) and I’m trying to find out what are the “hot spots” and what would be the best beaches to go to? I just want to have a great time. Please get back to me as soon as your time permits itself.

    • Just like the article says, there are some places to go to like Playa Delphinas but Cancun is a mixed city with not too many “hotspots” that are going to be 100% gay. There is not gay neighborhood and due to the fact the city is divided between tourist and residents, gay people are working everywhere and hang out with friends wherever they want to go.

  8. Are the bars and sauna safe to go to at night? I’m a 6’4” 285 lb. man which is good for obvious reasons but don’t want to put myself in danger especially being alone. Also, are cabs in general ok to get into and go to the hotel zone at night or should I use UBER? Please help with any info you feel is helpful. I know there is no such thing as being 100 percent safety anywhere but just need to know if there have been any incidents in the recent past.

    • Hello

      First of all Uber does not operate right now in Cancun. Taxis are fine. You might want to know some basic Spanish or have a map open on your phones as to where you want to go. Most of the clubs and bars are in the center of downtown. The Hotel Zone is far from the downtown. It can be 20-25 minute ride. Saunas in Mexico are not that big of thing. Often they are a small house converted with a few people visiting. So you might want to stick to bars or online apps. We hope you have a good time in Cancun.

    • Yes they do. It is not super popular but you will see them. Most guys that wear there are either European or gay.

  9. Hello!
    I will be traveling to on 3rd. December for 1 week and I will be staying at Panamá Jack Resorts, I will be traveling alone anyone wanna join me? I’m Mexican btw.

  10. It’s amazing to know there is some gay life in Cancun. I am going with family but want to get out to explore the gay side of Cancun. It is not advertised as a gay destination.

    • Like many places in the world, the bars are mixed and there is no one lesbian bar in Cancun. If you are staying in the hotel zone you are just about as likely to find other lesbians at the clubs there then at the gay bars downtown.

  11. I just wanted to say that your guide was pretty much spot on. It helped me plan my trip to Cancun. I never really heard Cancun to be too much gay but there are a lot of guys there, just not as many out in clubs. It is very cruisy if you know how to look and keep alert. Many guys work at the resorts but they of course are working and cannot do much there.

  12. I will be there the first week of May I’m looking for a massage place that has a male massage therapist does anyone have any good recommendations thank you ?

  13. Hi, thank you for the info on your site!
    We are a gay couple and are staying at a hotel in the downtown area and of course, there is a pool. What are transportation options to get some sun on the beautiful, white sandy beaches? I’d like to know that we don’t have to be stuck at the hotel pool (with screaming children) all day… ;P

    • When you say downtown do you mean Playacar or in the downtown of Playa? If you are in the downtown you can walk or take a taxi to some of the beaches like Mamitas or visit a cool rooftop pool/lounge. There are colectivos to Xpu Ha beach which is very nice as well.

  14. Hi, here on the peninsula for a while and was thinking of spending some time in Cancun. Is there some all inclusive hotels that are more popular with the guys?

    • Hello Ken

      There is no one hotel that is popular but in general the ones that are not family oriented. Sensations is a more adult only hotel that is more open. the best tip is the search by adult only resorts.

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