Cancun is more broad-minded about sexuality than you might expect. Gays and lesbians rarely attract open discrimination or violence. Discrimination based on sexual orientation has been illegal since ’99 and can be punished with up to 3 years in prison. Gay men have a more public profile than lesbians.

Cancun has a fairly active gay scene, and there are a number of gay-friendly locals in Merida.

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association ( will provide more information on the major travel providers in gay sector.

A detailed Mexico gay travel guide and articles are available at Out&About. Another good source of information about gay-friendly hotels and tours si the Gay Mexico Network.

Since 2012, Gay marriage LGBT travelers can add Cancun, Mexico, to their must-visit destination list, as the city has recently legalized gay marriage. In fact, the first same-sex marriages will be taking place this month in the resort are