The 5 Friendliest LGBTQ Vacation Hotspots

Author: , May 28th, 2016

There are fabled destinations with long-standing LGBTQ traditions—just ask Lesbos, Mykonos and New Orleans—where escaping from the confines of every day was never so easy, never so limitless and never so completely carefree. But the modern world has offered up fantastic cultural meccas that always take a keen interest in making everyone feel comfortable, and those who identify LGBTQ will fit right in.

So what are you waiting for—the party’s just ahead!

  1. Berlin, Germany

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With a long standing history that is as intense as it is troubled, Berlin has arisen from the ashes of its past to become one of the most diverse, well-rounded, and respecting cities in the world with multi-ethnicities immigrating and thriving with the German population.

In addition to their incredibly progressive views, Berlin is also the gay capital of Europe with a gay museum, a gay memorial, and an openly gay mayor. While that doesn’t cover all the basis, the open-minded city is equally comfortable with the rest of the queer community. Head for Hafen, one of the most famous gay bars in town, Connection, a dance club that shouldn’t be missed, and Gay Hostel for accommodation—you’ll find plenty of like-minded people here to experience this amazing city with.

  1. Los Angeles, California

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While most of Hollywood is constantly under scrutiny of being one or more of the letters in LGBTQ, the truth is that Los Angeles is a great place to be LGBTQ. Between the cultural metropolis and its heavy art, business, and beauty industries, there are plenty of LGBTQ-friendly beaches and nightclubs to frequent, and the weather is always perfect for a stop down by the sea.

Make a stop at The Abbey for the quintessential gay bar-lounge-party time, which includes both an indoor and outdoor areas and the most prominent members of the LGBTQ community as regulars on the busy weekends.

  1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marijuana and prostitution aren’t the only things bringing visitors to Amsterdam; it’s also the totally chill vibe of the city of Amsterdam. Between the canals and coffee shops, the city is thoroughly on board with the LGBTQ cause—in fact, the city legalized same-sex marriage in the early 1800s, the first place in the entire world to do so. But enough about the history; time to get to the cool stuff!

When in Amsterdam, do as the Amsterdamians do and hit up Cafe Dubbel D (formerly Cafe Rouge), one of the busiest shops in the entire city. Next, plan your day around Rapido parties, because this is a good time you aren’t going to want to miss. Then hit up Thermos for an excellent spa experience and Hemelse Modder for a perfect European meal and excellent service.

  1. Madrid, Spain

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Madrid is home to perhaps the gayest community around, Chueca, where nightlife reigns supreme, as well as lots of rights and cultural nods to gay culture. Madrid recognizes gay marriages and openly uses LGBTQ lifestyles to influence trendy shops, restaurants, and hotels throughout the city. It’s one of the most progressive cities when it comes to gay rights in the world, and that shows in their laws, party scene, and every other corner of life.

The Cage (a popular fetish bar) is always a perfect place to head for a laugh or even something a tad more serious, but Space of Sound is one of my favorite hangouts for the go-go boys and total party vibe. Park it at Medea for the city’s oldest lesbian bar and don’t forget to leave plenty of time for a sauna experience—the Sauna Octopus is a must for every visitor! For a bonus into the city, I suggest downloading apps such as Grindr and Manhunt if outdoor cruising and sex parties are your thing (grab a Virtual Private Network for your phone to make sure the geolocation functions are working correctly)!

  1. Miami, Florida

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Take one look at the hot bods and it’s obvious why Miami is a gay capital of the world—but more than just being a place to get hot and sweaty out in the open, Miami flourishes with culture and happenings that accept all flavors of ice cream (if you pardon my expression).

While I think a stop at the topless-optional South Beach is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, I also suggest Da Leo Trattoria, for an excellent meal. Don’t miss out on Twist either for a run around the dance floor and then a relaxing evening on the roof for a drink and an overlook of the city that likes to party all night long.

Any city is a great place for the LGBTQ community to travel, but these picks are a specific brand of cultural richness that will just hit all the right notes, so enjoy!

Have any suggestions on where to head after finishing this list? Leave a comment or a next trip itinerary, and I will personally take the recommendation around for a ride!

About the Author: Cassie Phillips is an active tech guru, digital nomad, and wordsmith discovering the world as readily as she explores obscure depths of the internet. Curious about anything and everything, she loves her cat, her coffee, and her growing photography collection. Ask her about her famous Birthday Cake Pancakes recipe or her one-time run in with Ben Affleck and JLO—both stories are likely to leave you in disbelief!

All photos from pixabay, provided by Cassie Phillips

Miami Beach Gay Pride is Hot

Author: , April 16th, 2016

Miami Beach Gay Pride

Over 100,000 people came to Miami beach on Sunday (10 April) for the 8th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride to prove that the community is still alive and well and its historical legacy as one of the hottest gay destinations is going from strength to strength.

By Dan Beeson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Travel – The Perfect Miami Weekend

Author: , August 8th, 2015

Miami

Miami Beach is one of the sunniest and most sought after gay getaways in the US. The city offers top notch culture, art, nightlife and cuisine–all things LGBT travelers crave when heading out of town. Combine that with the city’s tropical climate, picturesque beaches, and art deco architecture to create a travel destination unlike any other.

Centrally located in North Beach or NOBE between Bal Harbour and South Beach, is the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach. This beachfront boutique hotel is the perfect home base from which to explore all that makes Miami great. Mixing Miami modernist architecture with contemporary luxury, the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach nods towards Miami’s history while incorporating what’s hot now.

By AUTHOR – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Miami Gay Travel Resources

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Miami Beach Like a Local

Author: , June 16th, 2015

Facundo YebneTravel company CEO Facundo Yebne on gay beaches, cabaret clubs and glorious sunsets.

I’ve lived here since… 2009. I moved to Miami Beach from Argentina so I could start developing my business, but the fun nightlife, amazing people, and the unique atmosphere that permeates Miami Beach were all factors that made it easier to call this incredible place my new home.

I’ve stayed because… I loved the idea of developing my business in a country were the conditions for a young entrepreneur were so much easier that in Argentina. The United States truly is a great place to plan, project, and grow.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Palace South Beach, where I spend most of my Sundays for brunch. I LOVE watching the drag show there, as it is one of the most unique shows in the world.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Miami Beach Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: Miami

Author: , May 26th, 2015

The Matador Room

If you watched the show Best New Restaurant on Bravo (where I’m a judge for two episodes), you would have been introduced to some of the best new dining hot spots in the country. While each featured restaurant was recently opened and served up headline-worthy dishes, there was one collective factor that went unnoticed: the diners were mostly under 30.

It’s a trend happening globally: Millennials are fascinated with the culinary arts and about good food at reputable restaurants. Miami has become the stomping ground for young gourmands, foodies, and dining thrill seekers alike. In fact, there’s no other city that’s impressing the young and adventurous as notably as Miami. But that doesn’t mean all travelers aren’t reaping the benefits of a young dining scene. New, emerging chefs are taking over kitchens and opening new establishments while seasoned, old-school master chefs are ditching traditional recipes and going outside the box with edgy presentations, new culinary twists, and smart restaurant design. While the city already attracts a younger audience with music festivals, fashionable new hotels and burgeoning, artsy neighborhoods, the food scene is equally pandering to the impressionable. Whether fronted by a rising chef or a world renowned icon, the best of the best new restaurants in Miami have a love affair with the young and the restless (and hungry), and these new eateries are destined to become classics, emphatically approved by the millennial jet set.

THE FORGE

Notable chefs across the nation have been permanently clocking out of their Michelin-starred restaurants and packing their knives for Miami to start anew. It’s not unusual, considering Miami’s happening dining scene is the most significant to date. To be involved in the movement is to be part of history. One chef that’s gone south is Christopher Lee, who departed the two Michelin-starred Gilt in New York City to helm Miami’s iconic The Forge. The Forge is a fantastical, whimsical restaurant with uber-high ceilings, oversized booths, and creative furnishings like tiered chandeliers, a cavernous wine cellar, and well preserved old school flair (it was opened as a restaurant in the 1930s).

By Jimmy Im – Full Story at Passport | Miami Beach Gay Travel Resources

What’s Gay in Miami?

Author: , March 9th, 2015

MiamiThere’s nothing like the feeling of stepping off a plane after having traveled from some godforsaken winter tundra gripped by the polar vortex into the warm, tropical air of Miami.

If you’ve been coming to South Beach for more than two decades, from the time it first exploded with nightclubs like Paragon, Warsaw, Amnesia, and Salvation, you’ll realize that South Beach and Miami, while they may not be the wild gay nightlife arenas they once were, appear to be maturing culturally, with new cultural venues and neighborhoods. South Beach, known for its art deco architecture, is seeing a boom in restoration projects. North Miami Beach is seeing a huge surge in growth. There is still nightlife, but it’s broadening. And there is so much more.

Since many of you — our Towleroad readers — live in Miami full time, or part time, or visit on a frequent basis, we surveyed you and examined dozens of replies in which you told us your favorite restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels, beaches, and cultural destinations and compiled them into this ultimate guide to what’s happening right now. We’ve also made a few tweaks of our own based on our last few visits. Thanks to all who participated!

We’ve taken what you told us and created a snapshot which should be useful if you’re heading to Miami this week for the Winter Party Festival (today through the 9th) or any time in the near future. We’ll be adding to this and we hope that you’ll chime in and offer more useful advice in the comments.

By Andy Towle – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Miami Gay Travel Resources | | Miami Beach Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: South Florida

Author: , December 26th, 2014

Miami BeachSouth Florida continues to establish itself as an exciting food destination with an ever-expanding selection of styles and cuisines. The annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival (www.sobefest.com) is certainly an indication of the passion people have for fine food here, but a visit to some of the newer establishments in the region will motivate you to return regularly.

For years, when anyone talked about food and Miami they generally meant South Beach. The resurgence of that neighborhood has been endlessly chronicled and it remains a fun, desirable destination. Recently, however, downtown Miami is quite rightfully getting a lot of attention. Culturally alive, with revamped hotels and new restaurants, downtown Miami is a hip, urban destination for the savvy traveler who wants more than just a typical beach vacation.

Smack in the center of it all is the comparatively new b2 Miami Downtown hotel. (Tel: 305-358-4555. www.bhotelsandresorts.com). Smartly appointed with a chic contemporary flair, the hotel is centrally located and the perfect jumping-off place for exploring some of the new restaurants in the downtown area.

By Tim Pinckney – Full Story at Passport Magazine | in Florida Gay Travel Resources

Miami Beach Gay Pride in Review

Author: , April 16th, 2014

Miami Beach Gay Pride - Towleroad.comSome photos in from Miami Beach Gay Pride.

First from Towleroad.com:

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to help us celebrate and have their photo taken, and special thanks to Paul Hunter and Ernesto Espejo for helping us man our photo booth (in exchange for an AIDS Lifecycle Ride donation (help him out here). Check out some of our favorite shots.

The Advocate also has some photos:

Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary two-day event that features a beach party and a festival and parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, and a family-friendly play area. With grand marshals Gloria Estefan and choreographer Kenny Ortega, the fun volume nob was turned all the way up.

Joe.My.God has a video for us:

Miami Beach’s sixth annual LGBT Pride parade took place yesterday on South Beach’s Ocean Drive with Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan, who appears at 2:30 in this clip.

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Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Miami.

Miami Beach Gets Its Pride on This Weekend

Author: , April 11th, 2014

Miami Beach Gay PridePeople from all over Florida are looking forward to the state’s fastest-growing gay pride celebration. Miami Beach Gay Pride, now celebrating its sixth year, will be putting on an elaborate parade and festival with lively musical accompaniment. All that happens on Sunday, April 13. But there is an entire weekend chock full of events for you to enjoy!

Miami Beach Gay Pride was the brainchild of former mayor Matti Bower, who organized the event as an initiative of the city’s Gay Business Development Council. When the first pride was held in 2009, the city estimated that about 15,000 people came out to participate in this new event.

Since then, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown exponentially, from a day to a whole weekend. Last year, over 80,000 people participated in the Pride parade and festival, bringing in people not just from Florida, but tourists from all over the world who heard about the thriving and successful celebrations. There were 1,200 walkers and 66 different floats alone in last year’s parade.

Authored By Mike Halterman – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Click here for gay travel resources in Miami.

Aqua Girl Returns to Miami in May

Author: , March 17th, 2014

Aqua Girl - MiamiIt sounds like a pool party for women who love women, but it’s actually 8 days of events in Miami Beach hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, from 10-18 May. And it happens to be the largest charity women’s week in America, if not the world.

In 2000, Aqua Girl was born. The goal was to create a dynamic national fundraising weekend celebrating women and the issues that affect them. Women descended on Miami from all over the world and the first year of this spectacular weekend of events was a huge success.

See the Full Story at Rainbow Tourism

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