Top LGBT Travel Destinations
Soak up the sun or explore some of the world’s great cities safely. Gawk at famous architecture, some of the world’s best beaches, and the other travellers taking in the scene. We highlight the top LGBT travel destinations for exceptional nightlife, gay travel scenes and top tourist destinations:


England is the queer capital of the world with more bars and shows than New York. With tons of amazing history, the city is where gay and lesbian travellers never sleep. Visit the theatre district for world-renowned entertainment, the city’s thriving gay sauna scene, or catch a local drag show at the booming pub and clubbing scene. With its welcoming and accepting culture and vast list of tourist attractions, trendy neighbourhoods, and as an epicentre for fabulous shopping, London is a must for gay travel.

San Francisco

Let loose in one of the over 60 gay bars and clubs in San Fran: the gay capital of the US. Visit the Castro neighbourhood, where you’ll find countless cafes, theatres, clubs and adult shops, and the San Francisco Pride festival each June. Follow in the footsteps of Harvey Milk and visit his old camera store, or get the typical snapshots in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and other typical San Francisco tourist sites.


Home to Europe’s first gay bar, Amsterdam is a liberal city where you can be yourself and almost anything goes. With 5 neighbourhoods known as gay areas, full of gay bars, retail, cruising, and more, Amsterdam is a hotspot for LGBT travel. Known for its gay pride parade in August, Bear Pride and Fetish Pride events in the spring, and popular New Year’s Eve parties around the city, visit Reguliersdwarsstraat for the popular taboo and Soho bars, and get ready to let loose.

New York

Calling all LGBT travellers! New York is home to a lively community and is a top destination for gay travel. With options galore, enjoy a New York City vacation of theatre, entertainment, dining, shopping, and nightlife here. Visit the historic Stone Wall where the revolution began. For the latest in gay entertainment and the must-visit spots, pick up a copy of Next Magazine or Go Magazine once you arrive in the Big Apple.


For the fun-seeker looking to travel abroad, Berlin offers a vacation like no other. Experience the gay sauna scene at the Apollo Splash Club, Berlin’s most famous gay sauna, or the fetish scene in west Berlin. Whether you’re looking for clubbing, music, or an alternative scene, Berlin is a city that won't disappoint. Looking to truly immerse in Berlin’s LGBT life? Visit the Schwules Museum on Queer life.

Key West

Your list of LGBT travel destinations shouldn’t be without a visit to Key West, Florida. Gay Key West offers beautiful beaches (hello, beautiful beach-goers!), an array of attractions, and local spots where Tennessee Williams spent time writing. Explore Duval Street for gay nightlife, culture, and community, or take in the PrideFest Parade in June. With plenty of drag shows to entertain, the gayborhood here is really the whole island.


Go Down Under with gay travel to Sydney. Drag queens are big here, the dancing goes until the wee hours, and the beaches mean half-dressed travellers. With great weather most of the year, gay travel to Sydney means a destination as safe as it is gorgeous. Oxford Street is the main strip for all things LGBT here and there’s never a quiet night. One of the world’s largest LGBT festivals happens here for several weeks of Mardi Gras celebrations each winter.

Costa Rica

Gay travel in Costa Rica is moving from the hubs of San Jose and Manuel Antonio to other parts of the country, where eco-tourism, adventure, and beautiful beaches await. With gay resorts, beaches of every kind, and parrots as colourful as the rainbow, Costa Rica is a safe haven for LGBT travel. Visit the gay beaches in Manuel Antonio for the best of the best in this tropical country.


The multicultural city of Capetown is also the gayest city in Africa: here it’s not only safe, but embraced. Get comfortable at gay nude beach Sandy Bay, unwind at Beefcakes bar, or show off your beach body at Clifton’s third beach. Party it up at the Mother City Queer Project festival, or tie the knot under South Africa’s liberal constitution. Live on the edge and try bungee jumping or climb Table Mountain for a bit of traditional fun in Capetown, or opt for what Africa is known for: its wildlife. Choose a gay safari and get up close and personal with Africa’s wonders.

Tel Aviv

Get down and dirty in Tel Aviv, where the parties last till dawn and the famous Dead Sea mud will make your skin smooth as silk, even after flying. Tel Aviv is a busy cosmopolitan city, offering some of the finest in gay travel through its boutique shopping, nightlife, busy clubs and streets, nude beaches, and countless pride festivals. Beaches along the Mediterranean offer beautiful views (and we don’t just mean the water). The atmosphere is always exciting here.

Buenos Aires

The rainbows are flying high in Buenos Aires, one of Latin America’s gay and progressive capitals. You won’t find one particular gay neighbourhood here, instead, enjoy the whole city from clubs with dark rooms to pride cafes. The sultry Latin music in this city will have you up all night, and the fashion of Argentina’s capital will excite. With a mix of Spanish and Latin America, and European influence, the accents here are as hot as the weather.


Get a warm welcome from the Scots in Edinburgh, a city with world-class attractions and a growing gay community (we know you can’t resist the accents). Dive into the scene here with the restaurants and bars the city is known for, including CC Blooms in Greenside Place: stay upstairs for the elegant dining or move down for the busy cocktail bar it becomes after dark. Visit the city’s “Pink Triangle,” for all the gay hotspots on your visit.

Puerto Vallarta

Viva Mexico! Puerto Vallarta is a popular gay travel destination with gay resort weekends emerging among the welcoming community this beach town offers. This gay-friendly city is more than the resorts and the all-inclusive atmosphere: explore the city for Mexican eats, and enjoy the visitors from around the world that flock to the Puerto Vallarta beaches. The party scene here isn’t as busy as Cancun, meaning you’ll have lots of room to dance and less time waiting for drinks!


With baths and sex clubs, gay bars, and homoeroticism in the age-old art, Rome is an up and coming destination for LGBT travel. With no designated gayborhood in the city, find venues and establishments throughout the city, including a gay bar next to the Colosseum. Enjoy the Italian fashion and high-end shopping scene in Rome, or enjoy the Gay Village festival each summer for a trip you won’t soon forget.


You won’t be able to resist the beaches of Curacao for your next LGBT travel destination. With a “live and let live” atmosphere, Curacao is home to gay-friendly hotels, attractions, and rainbow lounges. Curacao has many hotels and resorts as part of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Agency, meaning you probably won’t be asked if you’re looking for two beds per room. Ask around for which bars host gay nights and pack your dancing shoes along with the flip flops.

Rio de Janeiro

Travellers to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will fall in love with the city – and maybe find love here. A safe destination for LGBT travel, gays and lesbians will enjoy the sunshine and sun-kissed skin in this South American country. Carnival balls are a hot spot for trans travellers, while Farme de Amoedo in Ipanema is the gay travel hotspot for cafes and bars. This cosmopolitan city is a mix of city and relaxing beach life, boasting art galleries, museums, theatres and entertainment, and music to get your hips moving.

Palm Springs

You’ll find a bit of everything in Palm Springs: clothing optional resorts, drag shows, stunning entertainment, desert hiking, beaches, and gay bars. Palm Springs is known as a hub for porn movies and makers, while palm-fringed beaches are inviting for couples or singles looking to lounge. Palm Springs offers several gay-friendly resorts and gay exclusive accommodations – you deserve the best of the best.


Barcelona is one of Europe’s top gay travel destinations: here, choose from the growing club scene, gay bath houses, gay-friendly hotels, and nightlife that famously lasts until the sun comes up. The Spanish definitely know how to party! For art lovers, Barcelona is a hub for galleries and public works, including that of Picasso and Gaudi. Barcelona means hot weather, short shorts, and European style. When are you going?

Fort Lauderdale

23 miles of white beach are waiting for you in Fort Lauderdale, along with over 100 gay-owned establishments, including hotels and restaurants. Gay travel here is marked with sun-kissed skin and a busy clubbing scene. With six LGBT publications, it won’t be hard for you to find the most recent events and activities happening in the city. Check out Wilton Manors for a number of gay businesses, or visit the gay movie house and Sebastian Street for the gay community basking in the sun.


The capital of the Czech Republic is fairly liberal when it comes to LGBT travel, homosexuality, drugs, and sex work. With more gay bars than other Eastern European destinations (around 25!), Prague is a beautifully historic city offering all of the traditional tourism destinations, in addition to gay saunas, cruise clubs, and bars. The majority of gay clubs are near the Old Town Square: don’t miss the clock striking the hour and the nearby Sex Machines Museum.