Crystal-clear turquoise waters, a white-sand shoreline, a timeless Maya culture, and a lip-smackingly diverse culinary scene puts Cancun right up there on the travel map. Cancun is also more gay-friendly then you might first think, what with its small but wild and smoldering LGBTQ nightlife. The seaside city’s appeal lies in the fact that it is a comfortably luxurious and yet budgeted destination. Plus, some of the most affordable LGBTQ-friendly resorts in the world are the gay hotels in Cancun, Mexico.
Cancun’s gay-friendliness goes beyond the realm of accommodation. It has a sexy gay nightlife around Avenida Tulum in El Centro, Cancun’s downtown. There’s a posse of gay bars in Lilas and Caribe, as well as the famed strip of Hotel Zone looking out to the Caribbean Sea. What’s more, the remotely beautiful Cancun Beach is one of the best gay beaches in the world. Add to these reasonably-priced drinks, lots of sunshine, and amazing day trips to Chichen Itza, and Gay Cancun is a hoot.
For gay travelers, there’s no better a place in the world for a wild and yet romantic beach getaway than Cancun. Here are the top 11 gay friendly hotels in Cancun, Mexico to get the party started.
Nizuc Resort & Spa
Mexico meets Asia at the luxurious NIZUC Resort & Spa, a magnificent gay-friendly oasis of calm. The Mexican hideaway lies in Punta Nizuc, overlooks two utterly gorgeous white sand beaches, and is a world within a world. So much so, that one doesn’t need to ever leave the resort to have the perfect Cancun vacation.
Everything about Nizuc Resort & Spa screams grand, which begins right from the imposing, medieval stone-and-fire entrance. The low-lit public spaces make for a beautiful picture frame for the sun, sand, and sea right outside the resort. Service is top-notch with butlers fetching everything from hot chocolate to booking spa requests. The range amenities are a nod to the scale of the resort. There are two tennis courts, two swimming pools, one of which is adults-only, and the palatial, decadent spa. Breakfast is a serious, hearty spread. Also, foodies will have a hard time choosing cuisines to dig into at the four superb restaurants. To top that, two white-sand beaches are perfect for lounging about and for indulging in a variety of watersports. Plus, the hotel offers snorkels, kayaks, and paddleboards for the interested intrepid guests.
A steady stream of golf buggies ferry guests between the 274 villas and suites spread all over the property. Guests can choose between Garden Suites with patio views of mangroves, oceanview Junior Suites with terrace-top infinity plunge pools, and the tower-laden Ocean Suites with terraces. If you want to blow your budgets, choose either the Master Suite or the Penthouse. All rooms are beautifully decorated with Mayan medicinal plants, local wood furniture, and weekly itineraries of extra daily activities at the resort.
Secrets The Vine Cancun
Located right in the middle of the Hotel Zone of Cancun is the adults-only, luxury-rich escape of Secrets The Vine. The gay-friendly decadent beachfront getaway lies in a modern highrise with spectacular views of the Caribbean, the city’s skyline, and the Nichupté Lagoon. In fact, some of the higher rooms boast of the best views in the city, making it one of the top gay hotels in Cancun, Mexico.
All rooms at Secrets the Vine feature a wonderfully lilting and serene ambiance with materials like teak, white glass, and Italian porcelain. Ultra-comfy beds, a slew od mod-cons, and a turndown service make for an excellently satisfying stay. For the best views, choose the oceanfront honeymoon suites or the Prefered Club rooms. They boast of wraparound patios and ocean-view soaking tubs, making for the ultimate romantic and cozy retreat in Cancun.
The style-focused hotel itself radiates a warm, romantic and yet contemporary aura. Three remarkably sensual pools flanked by restaurants and bars make for the ultimate relaxation space with views of the Caribbean Sea. Do book a romantic for-two massage at the opulent spa with an ocean-floor-inspired calming atmosphere. The gym with its mind-boggling oceanfront views will certainly inspire one to work out. While six on-site restaurants dish out a lip-smacking range of world cuisines, the less-than-hearty breakfast spread could be a tad underwhelming. However, the hotel makes up for it with wine-tasting sessions and the on-the-toes 24-hour service. For those who want to take the luxury a step further, we’d recommend this extremely exclusive 4-hour private yacht ride off the coast of Cancun.
The list of gay friendly hotels in Cancun is incomplete without mentioning one of its most affordable, all-inclusive resorts, the Grand Oasis. Located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, the massive adults-only property is as if it’s been designed for the gay traveler. It features a slightly cruisy atmosphere and is home to the fabulous Kinky nightclub and gym which are, well, kinky.
Apart from the nightclub and gym, the resort offers tons of opportunities for adults-only fun. The freeform pool is one of Cancun’s longest and is lined with tons of loungers perfect for a sun-kissed lazy day. There are even two swim-up bars on-site. With the beach right outside, guests have easy access to umbrellas and beach chairs. Apart from that, Grand Oasis also has a spa, casino, and its absolute pride and joy, a fantastic entertainment program with dancers, acrobats, singers, and more. Daytime themed and foam parties and burlesque shows at night are enough to keep guests entertained all day long.
Guests can choose from rooms with garden and panoramic sea views. While the decor is a little bit dated, the design is clean and simple with standard mod-cons, comfy furniture, and modish bathrooms. So, for LGBTQ travelers looking for affordable, all-inclusive beachside resorts in Cancun, the Grand Oasis is perfect.
Mayan Monkey Hostel
The gay-friendly Mayan Monkey is one of the cheapest gay hotels in Cancun. It’s perfect for budget-conscious LGBTQ travelers who want to splurge on other parts of the trip rather than on accommodation.
Mayan Monkey boasts of a casual, yet chic vibe. has Guests can choose between forms and private rooms. For the ultra-budget-conscious ones, the dorms with bunk beds are perfect. There are two bunk beds in a set, with 3 sets situated around the room. Apart from having a cubby for storage, the dorm beds even have lamps and privacy curtains. Apart from the snazzy digs, a slew of top-notch facilities await guests at Mayan Monkey. One of the best aspects of the hostel is that they offer free breakfast and dinners for the reasonable price that they quote.
However, the social aspects of Mayan Monkey will certainly have social butterflies and minglers drooling. The rooftop Banana Bar is a vibrant space with a swimming pool and is the perfect lounging-about space. Plus, it’s ideal for striking conversations and socializing with fellow guests. The hostel is also peppered with common areas with chairs and couches for guests to relax with a cuppa or a book.
If all that wasn’t enough, Mayan Monkey lies right opposite Chac Mool beach overlooking the stunning Nichupté Lagoon. Plus, it’s a five-minute walk to one of Cancun’s wildest gay bars and nightclubs, the Coco Bongo.
LGBTQ travelers looking to explore Cancun while staying in the lovely Hotel Zone overlooking the Caribbean will love the gay-friendly Ritz Carlton. The hotel sits on a white-sand beach in the tranquil center of Hotel Zone and is a 10-minute drive to the main sightseeing and gay nightlife area in El Centro. If that wasn’t enough, the striking El Rey Ruins and the Mayan Museum, two of the top sights to see in Cancun, are just down the beach. However, the hotel particularly wins brownie points for having won the GayTravel Award for the ‘Luxury Hotel in Mexico’ category in 2018.
The Ritz deviates from the modern design of Cancun’s luxury hotels. Channeling a ‘beach mansion’ theme, the Ritz goes all out with grand staircases, statement chandeliers, and extravagant floral arrangements. Daytime lounging is made all the better by the two lagoon-style pools. Those with deeper pockets can rent a breezy beach villa with hammocks and loungers. Relax to the hilt in the massage rooms, plunge pools, and relaxation gardens at the spa. If you feel up for working out, there’s even a well-equipped fitness center.
Guestrooms at the Ritz feature a soft contemporary look with Mexican-style artwork and calming ocean-inspired hues. What’s amazing about the Ritz is that all rooms boast of balconies with ocean views, which is a huge plus point for the hotel. Cozy beds, expensive mod-cons, slippers and bathrobes, spacious marble bathrooms with bathtubs, and nightly turndown services lend a wonderful touch.
Le Blanc Spa Resort
One of the best gay hotels in Cancun for couples is, without a doubt, the Le Blanc Spa Resort. It only helps that there’s a spectacular white-sand beach right outside the resort.
True to its name, the resort features lots of creams, greys, and whites. The color scheme is beautifully peppered with brilliant blue glimpses of the Caribbean Sea and the pale blue swimming pools. The excellent staff, which also comprises butlers, are do everything from refilling poolside drinks to preparing relaxation baths. Guests can request any service at the click of a button via the hotel’s phone app. Relax by the smaller pool or indulge in a heavenly swim in the infinity pool with your partner by your side and views of a lifetime. Indulge in a lavish couples massage at the BlancSpa, which is among Cancun’s best ones. Even gym rats a well-equipped fitness center to indulge in their liking.
Le Blanc’s ups the romance quotient infinitely with their complete-experience guestrooms and suites. A soothing color scheme with contrasting dark wood accents makes for a visually sensual ambiance. The bathroom is a study in luxury with every room having double whirlpool tubs and soothing body jets. Apart from deluxe mod-cons, in-room amenities also include beach bags, turndown services, and even a romantic ‘comfort menu’ of aromatherapy and pillows. Did anyone say romance?
Temptation Cancun Resort
Uninhibited LGBTQ travelers will love the gay-friendly Temptation Cancun Resort. The adults-only, topless-optional resort is an oasis of seaside hedonism at Playa Tortugas right outside the Hotel Zona in Cancun. Home to risqué nighttime entertainment and a raucous party atmosphere, Temptations Cancun is an absolute hit with party monsters looking to live it up in Cancun.
The hotel boasts of an impressive blinding-white exterior done up in vibrant yellow, green, pink, and purple accents. It holds within its folds a sexy interior with sensual photo murals, curved elements, and green-and-silver seating. The relaxed resort has a host of amenities to keep its guests entertained all the time. Leisure lads will love the serene pool with a swim-up bar as well as the tranquil beach area lined with sunbeds. However, most of the action is reserved for the oceanview Sexy Pool with hot tubs. Along with the full-service spa, the hotel even has entertainment in the form of daytime lingerie shows to themed nights.
Guests can choose between rooms and suites in the main building and the exclusive Tower rooms. All rooms don a futuristic with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, patterned rugs and wallpaper, minimal furniture, mod-cons, and polished surfaces. Furnished balconies in all rooms either have lovely garden views or spectacular ocean ones. Some rooms even have whirlpool tubs out on the terrace. The most decadent of them all is, without doubt, the Tower rooms with free adult TV channels, swag bags, and access to the rooftop pool + bar.
Eco Hotel El Rey del Caribe
LGBTQ travelers looking to delve into Cancun’s gay scene with an unfussy accommodation will love the small, gay-friendly and gay-popular Eco Hotel El Rey Del Caribe. Located in the heart of El Centro, the hotel is within walking distance of Avenida Tulum’s amazing gay nightlife. The sexy 11:11 and Laser Bar, Cancun’s oldest bar, are both a five-minute walk from Eco Hotel.
Even though it caters to travelers looking to enjoy Cancun’s nightlife, it doesn’t mean that the hotel doesn’t put on the ritz. Armed with its eco-credentials and lovely green foliage, the Eco Hotel feels more like a tropical oasis rather than downtown Cancun. An open-air lobby with a fountain greets travelers as they enter the property. In a nod to the hotel’s local heritage, all rooms are denoted by Mayan symbols. The tropical indoor courtyard decked out with colorful flowers, potted plants, waterfalls, vines, and palm trees makes for a lovely romantic atmosphere. Guests can laze around in the hammocks hanging from large trees or curl up in the many seating areas. Plus, the small pool is heavenly for a swim.
Rooms at El Rey feature simple dark wood furniture and bright-blue bed runners and curtains for accents. The decor is kept to a minimum, with just a few pictures of Mayan flowers, herbs, and symbols. However, all rooms boast of quaint sitting areas, standard mod-cons, and kitchenettes for whipping up quick and cheap meals. Last but not the least, true to its name, the hotel employs many eco-friendly practices, including solar hot water heaters and composting toilets.
Selina Cancun Laguna
With an enviable location in the heart of the Hotel Zone and wallet-friendly rates, it’s quite hard to beat Selina Cancun Laguna. It not only overlooks the Nichupté Lagoon but is also located right opposite Cancun’s gay scene in the Hotel Zone. Moreover, the hotel is relaxing and quiet, despite its central location, due to being removed from the main road.
The rooms at Selina Laguna are a bit bare-boned, despite being spacious. While all rooms have comfy beds and ensuite bathrooms, some of the suites and studios even have kitchenettes. However, the hotel does have a lovely pool area, which is where most of the guests like to hang out. Lovely foliage flanks the area around the freeform pool, which is also peppered with palapas, umbrellas, and loungers. A scenic garden area with seating makes for a great, quiet lounging-about space. What’s more, there’s even a restaurant where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, as well as room service. And while swimming in the lagoon is prohibited, some of the best white-sand beaches of Cancun lie but a five-minute walk away.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Located right at the northern end of the Hotel Zone in Cancun, the gay-friendly Hyatt Ziva ticks all the right boxes. It boasts of a picturesque Caribbean Sea-setting and it is all-inclusive. What’s more, the hotel is a five-minute walk from Palay Caracol, from where ferries take off to the stunning Isla Mujeres, one of the world’s most gay-friendly islands. If that wasn’t enough, the hotel boasts of an enviable location, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on three sides.
The resort’s layout takes complete advantage of the sweeping views. The huge, multi-level pool is the center of all action at the Hyatt. However, it is the beachside pool which is more enticing, what with views of the ocean. The spa is another world altogether, promising oodles of relaxation with its beachside hydrotherapy sessions. Even the fitness center boasts of ocean views which are instrumental in making people work out. Albeit the resort lacks daytime activities and watersports, the views certainly make up for it.
Rooms and suites are done up in contemporary styles and offer a slew of comfy amenities like slippers, bathrobes, turndown services, and even private patios. Those looking for upgrades and solitude can consider the swim-up suites with a pool area of their own near the ocean.
Cancun International Suites
The gay-friendly Cancun International Suites are the perfect value-for-money accommodation for travelers who plan on getting out and exploring every day. The gay-popular hotel lies in the heart of Cancun downtown and is within walking distance of all its attractions. For those who want to explore the Yucatan, we recommend this wonderful and reasonable tour of Chichen Itza, which is one of the most popular day trips from Cancun. Plus, the hotel is right next to Palapas, a super-cheap destination for eating and shopping in downtown Cancun.
Rooms and suites at Cancun International Suites are comfortably furnished and feature spacious bedrooms, living areas, kitchenettes for whipping up quick meals, and ensuite bathrooms. The rooms overlook a small sun terrace and some of the cheapest private rooms in a quiet neighborhood in town. With a convenience store right next door, it’s easy to fix quick and cheap meals for those who want them. That being said, the property does serve a basic but fresh and delicious breakfast. Moreover, guests can either enjoy it on the sun-kissed terrace or in the privacy and comfort of their own rooms. To top that, the hotel has off-street parking which is an absolute boon if you’re planning to hire a car to drive around.
Get Some Culture in Cancun:
- Cancun Pride: The Cancun Pride Parade isn’t as huge as its other Mexican brethren like Guadalajara or Mexico City, but special it is. Its a series of special events at gay clubs and bars in town, ending with a lovely pride parade. Every year, Cancun Pride has gotten bigger and better with personalities and artists who’ve fought for LGBTQ rights have also joined in. The effort is to make Cancun as inclusive a destination as possible.
Best Gay Bars / Clubs in Cancun:
- Laser Hot Bar: This is Cancun’s oldest gay bar and also one of the cheapest places to drink around. This friendly gay bar also features drag shows and strippers.
- 11:11 | OnceOnce: This is perhaps the best and most popular gay club in Cancun. It features fun drag shows, sexy go-go boys, hosts almost all of the city’s most prominent gay parties.
- Coco Bongo: For a wild and dancey atmosphere, this gay-popular nightclub is the best.
- Kinky Nightclub @lgbt Grand Oasis Sens: This gay nightclub boasts of an erotic atmosphere and even hosts fun cabaret shows.
Best Gay Saunas in Cancun:
- X-Mahan-Nah: Cancun’s only gay sauna is extremely popular with locals and tourists both. Also, it features a jacuzzi, showers, an XXX lounge, a darkroom, and a sauna.