Featured Gay Accommodations: Penthouse 1301, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Author: , December 17th, 2014

Copacabana - Penthouse 1301

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Spacious Penthouse with Ocean View: This spacious 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths penthouse is located just 1/2 block from the famous Copacabana beach and can comfortably accommodate a party of up to six adults. The penthouse has a view of the ocean and the mountain from both patios. Rates are for entire apartment.

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The Best of Gay Rio de Janeiro

Author: , October 17th, 2013

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As Rio gears up for its moment in the Olympic spotlight, Same Same visits the ‘marvellous city’ to explore. We discovered there’s much more to Rio de Janeiro than beaches, football and Carnival.

It’s late. I’m tired. It’s been a long flight. I wheel my heavy suitcase out to the taxi rank at Galeao airport. An attendant tells us it’ll cost R$100 to take us to town. I know for a fact that it should cost about half that. And so it begins, my first taste of Rio – the bending of the rules, the endless hustle, the need to remain one step ahead. I eventually find a taxi that’s charging the real price and jump in.

Without seatbelts we roar along the freeway in the dark, past the mountains dotted with lights from the favelas, past the cavernous, empty Sambadrome, past Christ the Redeemer glowing atop of Corcovado Mountain. Our taxi driver gets lost, so he winds down the window at the traffic lights to ask a fellow motorist for directions. They chat for a while, even after the lights go green.

Authored By Christian Taylor – See the Full Story at Same Same

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Rio Gay Pride Coming This Weekend

Author: , October 10th, 2013

Rio Gay PrideDon’t be left out of this superb experience. Join more than a million people on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the 18th edition of Rio Gay Pride on October 13. The parade will kick off early afternoon at Copacabana at Posto 5 near the Rio Sofitel Hotel. Expect flashy costumes, sexy men and women, and a magical experience you won’t soon forget. The city will also host a food event, art showings, parties each night, a lesbian festival Lesbifest III, and much more!

See the Full Story at Passport

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Gay Guide to Rio

Author: , September 16th, 2013

Rio de JaneiroBy any stretch of the imagination, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most spectacular cities on the planet – the blue-green South Atlantic Ocean laps a wide expanse of white beaches, abutting the lush greenery of a semi-tropical forest. Superimpose a pulsating city, and vibrant queer nightlife and plenty of cultural highlights for a complete view of Rio’s offerings.

No wonder it’s nicknamed ‘The Wonderful City’. Although it’s also a very large city, with plenty of tourist stops to take in, I’ve been drafted in to talk about gay Rio, which is essentially concentrated in the beach areas of Ipanema and Copacabana, making it all the more easy to navigate. Simply head for the sea and you’ll start bumping into more queer eye-candy than is good for a body. Nowhere in all my travels have I seen the likes of the people who hang on Rio’s gay scene. If you’re not buffed and bronzed, prepare to feel a little bit out of place here – particularly around Carnival time and New Year, the city is a Mecca for circuit boys and trendy dykes.

Of the two beach areas, Ipanema is the more upmarket, with lots of designer shopping, four-star restaurants and cool cafes. Ipanema means ‘bad water’ in Brazilian Indian dialect, but this has nothing to do with it’s amazingly blue sea, just something to do with a nasty Baron who used to own the area.

See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

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Rio Gay Pride Coming in October

Author: , August 22nd, 2013

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This 8-13 October, the heat that you’ve been longing to feel will overwhelm you as Rio’s Famous Pride Parade hits the scene. With colourful costumes, fabulous floats and perfectly sculpted bodies, Brazil is calling and you won’t want to miss it!

With events catering to all walks of the gay lifestyle, the party reaches a fever pitch as revellers all gather on the famous Copacabana Beach for one of South America’s biggest pride parades! Celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of Brazilian culture, this pride event is one that will definitely leave a lasting impression. And, after the last samba is danced, the Rio area is full of experiences to keep the party going.

See the Full Story at Rainbow Tourism

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Insider’s Guide to Gay Rio

Author: , May 13th, 2013

Lance Horsley & David Laster Casa Cool Beans, Rio De Janeiro“When gay guys come to Rio de Janeiro for the first time, a lot of them are all about Ipanema Beach, but there’s much more to Rio than bronzing and cruising,” says David Laster. Along with his partner, Lance Horsley, Laster owns and operates Casa Cool Beans (R. Laurinda Santos Lobo 136. Tel: +55-212-262-0552. www.casacoolbeans.com), a casual, contemporary ten-room guest house in Santa Teresa, the hillside bohemian enclave that’s been called a Brazilian Montmartre.

“We’re just 20 minutes to the beach by cab ($10-$15 US),” adds Horsley. “There’s no question that you should spend time enjoying the gay beaches and visiting the classic tourist attractions like the cable car at Sugarloaf Mountain (www.bondinho.com.br) and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue (www.corcovado.com.br/ingles), but if you want to get a deeper sense of Rio, and a true local experience, Santa Teresa is an amazing place to stay,” he says.

The tree-clotted village of narrow, winding cobblestone streets offers sweeping views of Rio’s modern downtown accompanied by a soundtrack of birdsong, breezes, and jazzy drumbeats, rather than the dense traffic and crowds of the urban center below. Once a shady refuge for belle epoque industrialists who built stately weekend homes here to escape the city’s heat, the neighborhood took a downturn in the mid-20th century as Rio struggled with a swell of gang violence. But, beginning in the 1970s an artistic gentrification began with painters, dancers, and writers moving in to establish studios, galleries, and an impromptu cafe society that have remained in place even as Santa Teresa (and Rio as a whole) has grown much safer and property costs have shot back up.

Authored By Lance Horsley & David Laster – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Carnival Coming to Rio in February

Author: , January 13th, 2013

Carnival in RioIf you listen closely you can almost feel it, the warm breeze blowing across your glowing skin as you sit, sipping on a caipirinha on Brazil’s beautiful coastline with the sounds of samba streaming from behind. Well, it’s time to stop dreaming and make it a reality because Carnival 2013 kicks of this February and there is nowhere else on Earth that will shake like Rio!

Celebrated throughout many parts of the world, Carnival has its’ roots in religion but in Brazil, it’s a non-stop party like you’ve never seen!

Massive parades line the palm tree covered streets as thousands of dancers, singers and revellers come together in an explosion of colour, passion and festivity. Truly accepting of everyone, Rio ensures that this event shines as the world’s eye is cast over the seaside city each February. With months of preparation put into every detail, this is definitely a spectacle for all of the senses as Rio gives its all!

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival a Big Draw for Gay Travelers

Author: , February 23rd, 2012

Rio de JaneiroIt took Dutch tourist Adriaan little time after landing in Rio to pick out his favorite spot during Carnival, the five-day party that officially ended Wednesday.

A 35-year-old graphic designer, he found his niche at the gay meeting point on Ipanema beach, where palm fronds and rainbow flags wave in the balmy ocean breeze, and tanned, well-muscled young men strut about in swim suits that reveal more than they conceal. Conversation failed to distract the tall, blond visitor from his careful perusal of the bathers rinsing off salt water at an open-air shower in a ritual that was equal parts bathing and public display of bodies toned to perfection.

“This is just beautiful,” he said while sitting on the beach in the gayest neighborhood of a city routinely ranked as a top destination for gay tourists.

Full Story from ABC News

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A Guide to Rio for Carnival

Author: , February 18th, 2012

Gay Rio de Janeiro Travel“Brazil is not for beginners,” the late, great Brazilian composer Tom Jobim once quipped. Nowhere does the remark hold more true than for the country’s pulsing, chaotic oceanfront metropolis, Rio de Janeiro.

This is a city of contrasts, where vastly different worlds rub shoulders, and the unexpected lies lurking around every corner.

Hang a right during an aimless stroll through the chic beachside neighborhoods of Ipanema or Copacabana and you might just bump into a lush tropical forest. Hang a left, and the luxury condominiums could give way to a warren of brick and corrugated iron houses perched precariously on a rocky outcropping – a “favela,” or hillside slum.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Orient-Express welcomes the International LGBT Community

Author: , January 1st, 2012

Orient-Express Hotels welcomes the International LGBT Community  |  Orient-Express  | Orient-Express is an elite collection of hotels, cruises and luxury rail adventures in 25 countries, across five continents. The company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and shortly afterwards recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice.

Today, Orient-Express owns or part-owns and manages 49 businesses, 39 of which are highly acclaimed hotels, each unique in style, from the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and Rio’s Copacabana Palace, to the Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The company also embraces river cruisers in France and Myanmar, luxury trains in Europe, the Far East and Peru, and the celebrated ’21’ restaurant in New York.

is proud to introduce you to a select group of Orient-Express properties welcoming the international LGBT Community to their stunning and unique properties, and destinations with open arms. Certainly A Journey Like no other. Find out more and see the list of properties participating @ Orient-ExpressCM

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