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For years, queer travelers visiting Mexico have beelined to Puerto Vallarta, lured by its packed nightclubs, lively terrace bars, and LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere. Lately, though, a tiny Oaxacan beach town called Zipolite has drawn more and more travelers, in part because of its departure from Mexico’s more polished destinations.
“What drew me to Zipolite was the openness and freedom to be who you are or want to become,” Vincente, the owner of ChiZme (Zipolite’s first official queer bar), told Travel + Leisure. “It was