7 Gay Summer Escapes for the Winter!

Let’s face it, Winter can drag on far too long! Looking to escape those Winter blues? Explore these 7 different destinations where the weather is sure to please and the parties last long into the night. From the beaches of gay Rio to the dunes of Maspalomas, our editors have the insider tips to ensure you make the most of your Winter holiday.

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FORT LAUDERDALE

Fort Lauderdale is home to the popular Bearsurrection party in April

Fort Lauderdale has emerged as one of South Florida’s gay hubs. Its a popular destination for gay travelers who want an alternative to South Beach. Fort Lauderdale, located roughly 30 miles north of Miami, offers much more than a day on the beach. Within the city limits there are over 50 gay-owned bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels

The Gay Scene in Fort Lauderdale

Gay bars and clubs are scattered around different neighborhoods all over town but the epicenter has to be Wilton Manors, Ft. Lauderdale’s gaybourhood, with a vibrant and thriving gay nightlife scene.

Where to Party

Hit the gay beach!

Fort Lauderdale’s Sebastian Street Gay Beach is located at Sebastian Street and North Fort Lauderdale Beach Dr. (A1-A), Fort Lauderdale. This is the most popular gay beach in Fort Lauderdale and the location is within a few blocks of many of Fort Lauderdale’s Gay Resorts and Hotels. If you’re looking for a landmark, the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is right across the street.

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Where to Stay

Fort Lauderdale has some of the best gay owned and operated hotels and guest houses in the USA. The scene is constantly evolving and guest offerings are superb with great facilities and excellent service.

  • Cabanas Guesthouse & Spa Adult-only gay resort in Wilton Manors, Florida features a clothing-optional heated saltwater pool and full-service spa.
  • The W Fort Lauderdale Spacious rooms and suites include iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • The Atlantic Hotel and Spa The ultimate oceanfront experience with an outdoor heated pool and stunning suites!

CAPE TOWN

Crew Bar, great music, hot guys and a busy vibe 

Cape Town is a city of immense contrasts, liberal attitudes and breathtaking beauty and the gay village is right in the heart of the city. Get ready to fall in love.

The Gay Scene in Cape Town

The gay scene is lively and varied. Most of the gay bars are clustered around De Waterkant, a trendy district on the slopes of Signal Hill dating back to the 1700’s, from Waterkant Straat and Somerset Road to the waterfront.

Where to party?

  • Crew Bar, a local favorite, features two floors playing different music, along with the occasional show.
  • There is plenty of eye candy at Beefcakes, but they also serve delicious burgers.
  • A local institution, Cafe Manhattan offers great food and some fun cabaret shows at the weekend.

Where to soak up the sun?

There are several beaches popular with the gay community. Camps Bay is a long, sandy beach near a strip of smart cafes, bars, and clubs. Sandy Bay is a nude beach that attracts a gay contingent. Clifton Third Beach is where all the local boys hang out.

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Where to stay?

Consider splitting your time in Cape Town. Spend some time in the centre and enjoy the nightlife, then head for the beach towns of Clifton for a seaside escape.

  • Go Luxe at the Cape Royale Hotel one of the best hotels in Cape Town
  • The Westin is just a short walk from all the gay bars in De Waterkant with a great spa
  • Enjoy amazing pool views and stay in the heart of the gay village at The Capital Mirage

RIO DE JANEIRO

Don’t miss the Revolution pool party in Rio during big festivals.

Affectionately known as The Marvelous City, there is nowhere else on Earth that exudes the same magic and fascination as Rio, party capital of Latin America.

The Gay Scene in Rio

With its world-famous beach and raucous nightclubs, Copacabana is Rio’s touristy epicenter. You can find the Rainbow Kiosk on Copacabana beach, right in front of the internationally renowned Copacabana Palace Hotel.

Where to party?

  • During big festivals, head to “The Week” on Rua Sacadura Cabral, the city’s biggest circuit party
  • Stop by To Nem Ai, which is two blocks from the beach in Ipanema, to socialize before the night’s parties.
  • Pay a visit to La Cueva, the oldest remaining gay bar in Rio de Janeiro

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The best gay beach?

You won’t find lovelier stretches of sand anywhere. And the men on the sand — at Copacabana’s Bolsa Beach and Ipanema’s Farme de Amoedo (or “Farme Gay”) — are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Where to Stay?

If you can, choose a beachfront hotel. The views are worth it. Many hotels have been revamped over the past few years and new boutique options cater to your every need!

PHUKET

Patong Beach is a popular gathering point for gay locals and tourists.

Phuket, is home to one of Thailand’s most lively gay scenes and a top destination for gay visitors. With amazing sandy beaches, lots of activities to engage in and breathtaking sunsets,  gay Phuket ticks all the boxes for the perfect Winter escape.

The Gay Scene in Phuket

Paradise Complex is at the heart of  Phuket’s gay scene. The bars and clubs are mere steps away from Patong beach. The area features many gay guesthouses and you will find everything you need here.

Where to Party?

  • Head to the Boat Bar with professional twice-nightly cabaret show as well as a live DJ
  •  ZAG Club features a shower show, nightly happy hours and special events
  • Yes bar has nightly themed, highly extravagant shows, including a soapy show right out on the street.

The Gay beach

Patong is a beachfront town, located at the west coast of Phuket. Patong beach is the main beach in the town.  The centre of Patong Beach, is where you will find the gay beach. It is easy to locate. Look for the small gay flag and you’re there. Patong is also one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches.

Where to stay?

Phuket has some of the finest hotels in Thailand, often at prices that will surprise.

PUERTO VALLARTA

The Mantamar Beach Club is the No 1 beach resort in the Zona Romantica

With cobblestone roads, stunning beaches and breathtaking mountains, Puerto Vallarta, “La Ciudad Mas Amigable del Mundo,” will take your breath away with its stunning natural landscape.

The Gay Scene in Puerto Vallarta

The gay scene kicks off late into the night in Puerto Vallarta. All of the busy gay bars are long the same strip in the heart of the resort in the charming Romantic District.

Where to Party?

  • Visit La Noche for hot guys, amazing gogos and great drinks
  • Head to Pacos Ranch for late night partying
  • Wet Dreams has everything you need for a hot encounter

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The Gay beach

You simply must visit the most famous beach in Puerto Vallarta. Stretched along the Cuale River, you can see miles of natural yellow sand surrounded by the ocean. There are plenty of things to do at Playa Los Muertos, like chilling at the famous Manatamar Beach Club, enjoying cocktails on the roof bar of Blue Chairs or jumping over the waves as they crash against the shore!

Where to stay?

Stay close to the gay bars and clubs by choosing a hotel in the Zona Romantica

  • Casa Capula is gay owned and operated and offers great food and views
  • The Almar hotel is part of the Manatamar gay beach club.
  • Pinata is perhaps one of the most fun gay hotels we have ever stayed in!

MASPALOMAS

Maspalomas hosts the rather woofy Fetish Week (Oct) and Bear Carnival (Mar)

The Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa are a Spanish territory with sunny skies all year round, offering Europeans a place to escape their winter woolies for some beach time.

The Gay Scene in Maspalomas

The gay scene in Maspalomas is centred around the Yumbo centre, a giant complex complete with restaurants, bars and venues to suit all persuasions, from drag bars to leather and cruise clubs.

Where to Party?

  • For fun shows check out Sparkles, Rickys and Terry’s bar
  • For cruising head to new gay bars Growlr and The Hole
  • For late night partying visit Heaven and Mykonos

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The Gay beach

Walk along the shoreline from the lighthouse until you reach Bar 7 and you’re at the gay area. If you’re feeling more adventurous, head through the dunes, which are also a popular cruising spot.

Where to stay?

Stay close to the Yumbo by choosing a hotel in Playa del Ingles

LOS ANGELES

The Chapel has some of the sexiest GoGos! Its an LA hotspot.

Los Angeles is a great destination to visit any time of year, but Winter time makes it an even better escape. Although not quite beach weather, daytime temperatures can hit the mid twenties (Celsius). Pack a jacket for night time dining and partying!

The Gay Scene in Los Angeles

The gay epicenter of Los Angeles has to be West Hollywood or WEHO for short! Here you will find some of  the most famous gay bars in the world, the finest restaurants and the best shopping. Head to Silver Lake for a more relaxed hipster and daddy vibe with popular nights such as the Beer Bust attracting people from all over LA!

Where to Party?

  • Give The Abbey a miss and head for the Chapel
  • Head to Akbar or The Eagle in Silver Lake
  • Cruise the Sunset strip and expand your horizons beyond the gay scene.

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Where to stay?

Stay in WEHO for the best options close to the gay bars and clubs.

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