Xcaret On the Mayan Riviera – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 28th, 2018

Xcaret - Mayan Riviera - Keep Calm and Wander

I am not a theme park person. But, if the ticket is offered free, why not go, right? And you know, I’ve never been to an “eco-archaeological theme park” before, so Xcaret in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico was my first one. This is a 250-acre theme park that brings you from jungle to sea.

How to go there. If you’re buying your ticket in one of the hotels in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, transport is already included. If not, you can either hire an Uber or take a public transport called “shared taxi/van.” Ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Xcaret, along the national highway. And from there, you can walk.

Get a brochure/map of the park right after you buy the ticket. Sit down and talk about it with your companions on what to do and see first and last. Every free activities (included in your ticket) here are worth trying. Take note that there are paid activities here. Before buying the ticket, inquire what are included (especially the lunch buffet) and excluded. Take note of the time and places of the live performances you want to see.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Going Slow in Caye Caulker – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , March 12th, 2018

Caye Caulker - The Globetrotter Guys

Ask any backpacker travelling through Central America about Belize and they will tell you Caye Caulker is on their list. Google it for yourself and you will see why. Bright blue skies, clear blue sea, palm trees lining the waters edge and colourful houses dotting the street give the island its iconic Caribbean feel. Stepping foot on the island you’ll immediately see the famous signs advising you to “Go Slow”. In fact, you’ll also hear the local villagers saying this numerous times a day as the answer to many questions asked. It’s the local way of saying “don’t worry, just chill out.”

But is life on Caye Caulker all about just going slow, or is there enough to fill your time there? Whilst we love a stunning Caribbean island as much as the next person, it doesn’t take long before we get itchy feet and need to do something! Here’s a snapshot of our 4 days in this tropical paradise.

Getting to Caye Caulker

Belize is bordered by Mexico to the North, and Guatemala to the West. It is easily accessible from both countries overland if flying is out of budget. Getting to Caye Caulker from either country will involve bus travel to either Chetumal, Mexico, or Belize City if coming from Guatemala. Then you will take a water taxi to Caye Caulker.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Fishing for Money in Sri Lanka – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 22nd, 2018

Fishing for Money in Sri Lanka - Keep Calm and Wander

When traveling in Sri Lanka, one of the scenes that would forever be etched in your memory is the fishermen on stilts. They can be found along the coast or wherever there’s water. However, the practice of stilt fishing may look like a time-honoured custom but it’s actually not. It started around World War II – more or less 80 years ago.

What is stilt fishing? It’s a way of fishing where fishermen are sitting on a pole while holding a dangling fishing rod onto the ocean. These stilts are usually planted far from the shore but the ones I saw where just right on the shore. Why? Read on…

I found them along the southern coast, between the Galle and Weligama. They’re usually in groups – so you can’t miss them. Keep your eye on the coastal side. Since the southern part of the country is known for its beaches, tourists do flock in the area. Be warned: these fishermen on stilts are there for the money. Yes, they’re fake! Once you stop and take a photo of these fishermen, a fellow is gonna follow and collect “donation.” If you refuse to pay, they’ll ask you to delete the photos.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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A Day on Isla Mujeres – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 7th, 2018

Isla Mujeres - Cancun - Keep Calm and Wander

Isla Mujeres is an island just off northeast of Zona Hotelera in Cancun. The island is visible if you’re standing on the beaches of Cancun and vice versa. It is known for its white sand and idyllic beaches. The island is only 5 miles long and a half mile wide. In other words, you can walk around it if you’ve got a sun-proof skin. Isla Mujeres, in English means, Island of Women. The Spanish called the island as such because of the presence of a number of women statues.

How to get to there. If you’re staying downtown or along Zona Hotelera, there are three major ports where you can take the UltraMar ferry. We stayed at Occidental Costa Cancun and the Embarcadero terminal is right next door to us. The other two ferry terminals are: Playa Tortugas and Playa Caracol.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Starlight Sailing Charters – Gay US Virgin Islands Sailing Tours

Author: , January 26th, 2018

Starlight Sailing Charters

Starlight Sailing Charters provides friendly and fun private sailing vacations aboard the large, modern, and luxurious sailing yacht, Starlight. Starlight sails November through May in the wonderful Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean.

During Summer Months, Starlight sails from Sag Harbor, New York on exquisite Hamptons day charters and sailing vacations. A Starlight vacation is wonderful for a special occasion, or a fantastic way to relax and escape in paradise. Starlight accommodates up to six guests, but is also appropriate for smaller groups and solo travelers.

Captain Toby Stull is your host for charters exploring paradise in the Virgin Islands, St Maarten and St Barths, Antigua and Lower Caribbean. With a lifetime of sailing experience and a decade chartering in the Caribbean, Capt. Toby knows exactly where to bring guests and how to tailor your experience depending on your desired activities aboard.

Our vacations can be booked as “captain-only,” on which guests eat half their lunches and dinners at local Caribbean restaurants, or “all inclusive” where a chef joins to prepare all meals. Either way, Delicious onboard meals can be suited to all types of dietary restrictions. Also, the Captain’s adorable yet unobtrusive boat dog, “Bamboo,” joins on all charters.

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It’s Still Gay Key West – The Advocate

Author: , January 26th, 2018

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They have a motto in Key West: “One Human Family.” Coined by James Thompson — an HIV-positive activist, organizer, and designer — it represents Key West, the tiny island best known for its queer inclusiveness.

“Inclusiveness is part of our heritage,” one tour guide told me when I visited last August. Its embrace of diversity and willingness to set itself apart from the Florida mainland goes back to its origins as a haven for an eclectic blend of Native Americans, Spanish, freed slaves, seafarers (including pirates), queers, and creatives. The island known as the “southernmost point in the continental U.S.” sided with the North during the Civil War and later served as home to famous writers like Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Judy Blume.

The charm Key West offers is so unlike other Florida cities that many locals call it “Unflorida” and consider the island to be “more Caribbean than the United States.” Its reputation as a refuge for LGBT people has been reflected in local politics: The city was one of the first in the U.S. to elect an out gay mayor (Richard A. Heyman in 1983).

By David Artavia – Full Story at SOURCE

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Gay Nude Beaches in Italy – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 22nd, 2018

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Italy is a hotbed for some of the finest men in the world who just love to bare it all at one of the country’s many gorgeous beaches.

After checking out the best gay beaches in Europe, we wanted to discover more from the Italian perspective, so we teamed up with the guys at GayFriendlyItaly.com to showcase the 5 best gay nude beaches in Italy.

One thing to note with regards to public nudity in Italy is that although it is officially illegal, in 2006 nude tanning was legalised in designated areas so you should be fine in the places we list below.

Lecciona beach in Tuscany
Lecciona beach is the most popular gay beach in Italy. It is part of the natural park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli.

The beach is stunning. We love it because not only is it a sandy beach (most tend to be pebbly or rocky), but it is surrounded by a gorgeous pine forest. This also makes it quite private, hence why it’s a popular spot for nudists.

Bear in mind there are no establishments here. To reach it you have to walk at least 10-15 minutes through the pinewood and sand dunes, so bring all your food, water etc with you.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Naked Southwest France – Gay Star News

Author: , January 6th, 2018

Naked Southwest France - Jean-Pierre Leclerc

If you’re looking for some travel inspiration for your next vacation, then LGBTI travel specialist Jean-Pierre Leclerc suggests that the southwest of France should be top of your wish-list.
We spoke with Leclerc, a veteran of the travel industry since 1994, to find out what makes Bordeaux and the beaches of the Aquitaine coast a must-visit destination in France.

What makes the southwest of France a good destination for LGBTI travellers?

No other French region offers such a great lifestyle. Not only are there plenty of monuments, museums, history, and regional traditions, where else can you find the unique combination of beaches, mountains, forests, and rural life? Plus there’s our gastronomy – foie gras, truffle, traditional pastries, and a vast assortment of cheese and wines.

If you’re looking for an active vacation, this is a great region for surfing, kite surfing, biking, cycling, and boating.
It’s also a region that enthusiastically welcomes LGBTI travellers. Plus it’s one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations for naturists.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Beaches That Are Perfect This Winter

Author: , December 21st, 2017

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With cold temperatures beginning to blanket the northernmost half of the country, thoughts may turn to tropical climes: Where to go to get away from the oncoming months full of dreary gray skies?

Here are six of the top gay-friendly beaches that you should consider for an easy winter getaway:

Sebastian Beach, Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale has been focused on LGBT tourism for decades, and Sebastian Beach has won accolades as one of America’s top gay beaches. The beachgoers are mostly male, and the beach is (naturally) much more crowded on the weekends.

This great sunbathing area is located near many hotels, as well as some gay bed and breakfasts—and the water is generally clear and warm.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

Out of Office Boys: Provincetown, Mass.

Author: , September 20th, 2017

When you travel, you know instantly if you want to go back. When my partner and I arrived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, we knew for sure we’d be back.

Provincetown is located at the end of Cape Cod in Mass.

More affectionately called P-town, the coastal city sits on the north end of Cape Cod and is easily accessed by what I hear is a beautiful drive through the Cape, by air, or as we did take the 90-minute ferry ride from Boston to P-Town. I can recommend the ferry option. It’s nice and relaxing, and adult beverages are available on board.

Since moving to Washington, D.C., I have always heard stories of P-town. Everyone talked highly of the fishermen’s village-turned-gay destination, but it’s hard to describe until you arrive.

When you set foot off the ferry, you know you are somewhere different. People are welcoming. The main street following the bay is busy. And you’ll even see people in their speedos and have to take a double take.

A few tips:

  • Bring shorts and flip-flops for summer. Outside of summer, review the forecast to plan out your fashion options.Check out the calendar of events and see what’s happening in town. Each weekend during the summer months has a theme. So dress and pack accordingly.
  • Go to Tea Dance at the Boatslip Beach Club. It’s where people congregate in the afternoons before heading to dinner or out for round two of libations.
  • Rent a bike and explore Cape Code National Sea Shore. It’s also the surest way to get to the beach. More on that coming!
  • Run in the morning along Commercial Street and enjoy the sites and sounds of P-town. Hit it early though. The streets get busy by 11 a.m.
  • Take an excursion. Kind of cloudy? Go whale watching!
  • Check out all of the wonderful LGBT accommodations recommended on Purple Roofs. We stayed at the Tucker Inn and loved it. The homemade breakfast pastries are a must.

A few things to avoid:

  • Do not come to P-town and be in a hurry. You are on vacation so get in the mood. In fact, stop by one of the many street side bars and drink your cosmo.
  • Do not just stay at the pool. Trek out to the Herring Cove Beach in the Cape Code National Seashore. Yes, it is a hike, a hike through the marshes on low tide and water in high tide but it will be worth it. Think of it as a gay pilgrimage. Bring your food and drinks with you because there is no cabana man here.
  • Do not miss all of the wonderful local shops and restaurant along Commercial Street. I like to leave a place thinking I helped stimulate the economy during my visit.

Whether you are looking for a laid-back beach vacation or one with some excitement, P-town has something for everyone. I am already planning an out of office return to P-town!

Out of Office Boys live in Washington, D.C. and their passions are good food and wine. Mick writes; Justin edits. Follow Mick on Instagram @mbullock80. 

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