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The 10 Most LGBTQ-Friendly Beach Towns Around the World

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The 10 Most LGBTQ-Friendly Beach Towns Around the World

Summer may have come to an end, but there’s still time for one last getaway before Fall officially takes over. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite speedo, book a flight, soak up the sun and get your life at any of these gay-friendly destinations.

Summer may have come to an end, but there’s still time for one last getaway before Fall officially takes over. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite speedo, book a flight, soak up the sun and get your life at any of these gay-friendly destinations.

1. Sydney

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Sydney has six gay-friendly destinations that have gone on to be very popular within the LGBTQ community. Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach, with Lady Jane Beach and Obelisk Beach (available via water taxi) being popular among nude beach-goers. Make sure to check out the Sydney Harbor Ice Cream Boats if you need a break from the heat.

2. Key West, Florida

Key West is a must on every LGBTQ traveler’s list. The city elected an openly gay mayor (Richard A. Heyman) in 1983, becoming one of the first cities in the United States to do so.

There’s a lively nightlife scene, and lots of gay-friendly guesthouses and a healthy LGBTQ population. Key West is also home to Island House, a men’s-only, clothing-optional property that has been hailed as “The Best Gay Resort In The World.”

3. Mykonos, Greece

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There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in Greece, but Mykonos stands out for its infamous beach parties, and gay-friendly destinations (Jackie O‘s, Elia Beach and Kastro to name a few).

4. Cancun

Playa Delfines, Cancun’s biggest beach, is also (unofficially speaking) the gay beach in Cancun. The waters may be a bit treacherous but its white sands and picturesque views make it a beautiful place to update your instagram and catch some sun.

5. Phuket, Thailand

Anywhere in Thailand tends to be pretty friendly to the LGBTQ community, but Phuket has jumped to the top of the list. There’s plenty of dance parties, massage parlors (“Happy Ending anyone?”), resorts and beaches to keep you busy during your stay. Come one, come all!

6. Fire Island, New York

This one needs no introduction, and even if you’ve never been you’ve probably had an instagram follower (or several) flood your feed with various pictures of themselves exploring the Pines during the summer. But it’s popular for a reason. Beautiful sunsets, nudity, shopping oh my! To say there’s plenty to do is a severe understatement. If you go in August, make sure you seek out the multicultural Fire Island Black Out in Cherry Grove, a three day long party that celebrates the people of color within the LGBTQ community (there’s always next year if you missed the boat, literally).

7. Maui, Hawaii

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We previously talked about this LGBTQ-friendly hot spot in our roundup for Best Nude Beaches in Hawaii, but now is the perfect time to book a flight in time for Maui Pride. Though it takes place in October, there are many other events that happen throughout the year, like hikes and brunches.

8. Ibiza, Spain

Not just the inspiration for the hit song by Mike Posner, Ibiza is famous for its never ending parties and beautiful beaches, such as Cala Conta (known for its sunsets), Port Des Torrent (perfect for couples) and Es Cavallet which is not only the main gay beach, but infamous for its nudity.

9. Provincetown, Massachusetts

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A gay and lesbian resort located at the very tip of Cape Cod, this is easily one of the best seaside destinations. There’s the Gay Pride celebration, of course, but you don’t have to search far for parties and reasons to be celebratory. Perfect for bike rides, fine dining and lots of drinking.

10. San Diego

Home to Black Beach, one of the oldest nude beaches in the United States, there’s room for everyone here (including the occasional dolphin or seal coming to say hello on the shore). There’s also (tough) hiking opportunities, but if you’re not feeling the beach scene, you gotta check out Little Italy, which is packed with patio cafés, art galleries and boutiques.

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