Olympic National Park’s Ruby Beach – 2TravelDads

Olympic National Park's Ruby Beach - 2TravelDads

Does anybody think of Washington State as a beach destination? Not hardly, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have the most beautiful beaches around. True, totally missing the palm trees, but we make up for it in other ways. Of all we’ve been to, the most beautiful beach in Washington is for sure Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park.

What makes Ruby Beach so awesome and dramatic? It’s the stacks, the weathered wood, the wildlife, the perfection of it all. We’ve got the scoop for how to visit and have an unforgettable time at the most beautiful beach in Washington. And if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find some of the red rocks and garnets that give Ruby Beach its name.

HOW TO GET TO RUBY BEACH

One of the things that makes Ruby Beach the most beautiful beach in Washington is its remote location. Located just over three hours from Seattle and a little more than 2 hours from Olympia, it’s not exactly an impromptu day trip. If you’re making the trek that far you should plan on spending a few days both at the beach and in the rainforest.

Yes, Ruby Beach is very near both the Quinault and Hoh Rainforest areas of Olympic National Park, either of which is easy to add to your trip to Ruby Beach. See, already you’ve started forming an awesome travel plan encompassing beaches, forests and more. Check out our Olympic Peninsula road trip itinerary to get some more ideas!

Tip: a weekend trip is plenty of time to do Ruby Beach, as well as the beaches of Kalaloch and La Push. If you can do three nights, that’s really best because then you can add in the rainforests to your plans and maybe even some hiking at Hurricane Ridge.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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Hotel Banana Azul – Costa Rica Gay Hotel

Hotel Banana Azul - Costa Rica Gay Hotel

Are you ready for an authentic Caribbean vacation in Costa Rica? Lush jungle, bountiful wildlife, colorful local flavor and private unspoiled beaches are just a few things that make Puerto Viejo so magical. Beachfront on the black sands of Playa Negra you will find Hotel Banana Azul, a tucked away haven perfect for couples and friends alike.

The main hotel consists of 14 guest rooms, rustic in style with a touch of tropical elegance, and built from local hardwoods. Just across the street are the new and modern Villas Banana Verde, four two-story luxury accommodations with fully equipped kitchen and private plunge pool.

Hotel Banana Azul - Costa Rica Gay Hotel

Next door is Casa Las Brisas, our sister property, which consists of four rooms boasting ocean views and rustic hardwood design. Throughout the properties there are a variety of outdoor living spaces, open air kitchens, tropical outdoor baths and meticulously manicured gardens. All areas (including the beach club) are equipped with high-speed fiber optic wireless internet and are in close proximity to the pool, beach and restaurant.

The hotel grounds are equally impressive, surrounded by tropical gardens, ocean views, and a beautiful pool to take a cool dip after a sunny day. Some guests choose to cook and dine private outdoor spaces while others prefer sitting in the shade under a rancho sipping pina coladas on the beach, by the pool or in the restaurant, Azul Beach Club.

It’s a perfect vacation spot for couples looking for a romantic getaway, or for adventurous travelers looking for a comfortable, tranquil place to stay while visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

By AUTHOR – Full Story at Hotel Banana Azul

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Pink Condos on Sunset Beach – Lesbian Owned Accommodations in St. Croix, USVI

Pink Condos on Sunset Beach

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

Truly paradise, The Pink Condos have it all, beach, sunsets, snorkeling, relaxation and privacy!!!

Featuring four 1BR, 1 Bath condos and a 2 BR, 2 bath unit on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

Wake up every morning to the beautiful blue water and watch the post card sunsets in the evenings from your private spacious balcony.

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Coral Sands Motel – Ocean City, New Jersey

Coral Sands Motel

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

The Coral Sands Motel is an affordable, gay friendly motel in Ocean City, New Jersey.

All of our rooms have either two double beds or one queen, and all rooms have microwave and fridge, some rooms with full kitchen.

We’re just a block to the beach, and easy walking distance from everything in town.

Looking for a place to stay in Ocean City? Check out the Coral Sands Motel.

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Rainbow Room At Sloop Jones – St. John, US Virgin Islands

Rainbow Room At Sloop Jones Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Commune with nature and art in The Rainbow Room by Sloop Jones, a quiet retreat on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The Rainbow Room is a spacious one-bedroom with high ceilings and tons of natural light, a large bathroom with shower, a kitchenette, and a large porch with screened in area and blissful water view. Walk less than five minutes and you’re on the neighborhood’s private, secluded beach. It’s located on the same peaceful property as the famed Sloop Jones art studio and gallery, but in a separate, stand-alone guesthouse. Lush tropical grounds surround the cottage, displaying nature’s bold and sensual palette. You will enjoy vivid and fragrant tropical flora that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Visit while the jasmine or ylang ylang is in bloom, and your nose will have an ambrosial experience of a lifetime. Become friends with the silent predawn hour after the insects have stopped buzzing and before the birds begin to chirp. The Rainbow Room is located on an enchanting piece of property, yes. But even better, the island is magical in and of itself. People who love St. John will tell you it’s a treasure of an island. A jewel. About two thirds is reserved as National Park, saving the island from overdevelopment. As such, St. John’s beaches are unspoiled and high-rise free. A nature lover’s paradise with tons of trails and ample snorkeling, St. John is also a great place to relax, imbibe, and shop. So if exercising on vacay isn’t your thing… no problem. The Rainbow Room is on the remote East End of St. John, perfect for people who REALLY like to get away from it all. Quiet and sparsely populated, the East End offers scenic vistas of St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Plus, a starscape that will honestly-not-just-saying-this take your breath away. And probably bring tears to your eyes. Also. There are wild donkeys and goats. For the soulful traveler who yearns for a balance of solitude and connection, serenity and stimulation, The Rainbow Room will arouse your senses and rejuvenate your spirit. And it may very well become your happy place. Amenities:

  • WIFI
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave
  • Small fridge
  • Screened in porch with water view
  • 5 minute walk to secluded, private beach
  • Private, off-street parking
  • Large shower
  • Queen bed
  • 15 minutes to Coral Bay – the nearest stores and restaurants
  • 30 minutes to the North Shore beaches
  • 45 minutes to Cruz Bay

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Aazure – Porto Cupecoy, St. Maarten

Aazure - Sint Maarten Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Aazure is a spacious one bedroom condo in the gated complex of Porto Cupecoy located on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. The master bedroom is furnished with a king sized bed. The unit sleeps up to four comfortably by offering a queen size sofa bed in the living room. The ensuite bathroom features a marble vanity with dual sinks, walk in shower and soaker tub. Laundry is available in the unit. Aazure is equipped with a full kitchen and all the amenities needed to make this your home away from home. Aazure provides a breathtaking view of the gardens and “beach” entry pool. From the discreet private balcony you will experience a feeling of refreshed tranquility. Steps away from the popular, clothing optional Cupecoy Beach, spectacular sunsets are definitely on the list of things to see. Porto Cupecoy plaza is the place to be for free outdoor activities including movie night, live music and salsa dancing. Chic boutiques, fine dining and an onsite grocery store will make your stay convenient and stress free. Located ten minutes from Princess Julianna’s International Airport, casinos, duty free shopping and vibrant night life. Located near Aazure are some of the best beaches on the island. Mullet Bay, Maho Beach, Baie Rouge and Baie Long. Feel the caress of the tropical breezes and make sure you live the dream at Aazure.

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Iranawila Beach House – Gay Friendly Accommodations in Sri Lanka

Iranawila Beach House Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Welcome to Iranawila Beach House, we are a Kiwi owned 2bed/2bath exclusive hideaway with private Chef … not too much off the beaten track, in beautiful Sri Lanka. You’ll feel at peace with everything you need in this open plan architecturally designed home. There’s lots of polished concrete, solid teak and a wonderful feeling of space and freedom. Both spacious rooms have Queen beds, fresh linen, towels and ceiling fans. The ensuites are identical and cleverly designed to be semi outdoors

  • open to sky rain showers & hot water
  • fresh Aloe Vera plant for sunburn
  • river pebble floor for a soft foot massage
  • Every room faces and has a direct view of the Indian Ocean; a 52ft saltwater swimming pool fits perfectly in front of the house on a manicured sand terrace, for year round dips.
  • Iranawila beach is swimmable in high season – Oct – April.
We offer Yoga classes for all levels & excellent massage. When you book the Beach House you get exclusive use of the pool bar, terrace and outside kitchen with pizza oven. The terrace is also perfect for chilling out, sunset drinks and fantastic views. With the beach in front, a small local road frames the villa, fully walled and set on 1 acre of coastal gardens, tropical fruit trees and a working vegetable patch, we try to grow as much as we can here. Different colors and varieties of Frangipani feature around the property as do an array of colorful bird life. Breakfast is for up to 4 guests in the nightly rate, other meals, easily by arrangement with our Chef, Gayan. He caters to all of your special requests. Any Sri Lankan delicacies you want to try? A Sri Lankan curry cooking class in the outside kitchen? An all day menu is available too. A unique attraction during high season are the smiling hard working fishermen/women pulling in nets on the beach in front and fishermen in an array of boats and canoes. Both activities have front row seats here. There are no tourists or advertising. Iranawila is a very “Nat Geo”, peaceful village, perfect for photographers of all levels. Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is 1hr away, perfect for guests arriving and acclimatizing or to end your Island holiday before you say farewell. The “Cultural Triangle, Elephant Orphanage, Wilpatu National Park are all within easy reach from IBH. The nearest local town is easily reached with several attractions as well. We are also popular with cyclists. There are extra beds for children or other guest’s, they can be moved to any place on site and mosquito nets fitted for a real experience. The property is perfect for anyone who needs to escape the crowds and experience a unique peaceful environment, something you don’t find very often. We rate our service style and fresh cuisine highly as we do our sunsets. I’m certain you will have an unforgettable time with us.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Almost Home Inn Ogunquit, Ogunquit, Maine

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

Nestled within walking distance to Ogunquit village, this absolutely charming inn provides all that you need to have an amazing vacation. Hop on the trolley and tour Perkins Cove or head into town for some of the best shopping around. Take a walk on the Marginal Way and you will be moved to extend your vacation. Ogunquit Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in America, with miles of white sand, accented by gorgeous dunes and a lazy tidal river. Almost Home Inn Ogunquit is your place to relax and recharge. Watch old movies and play games in our cozy common room or read a good book on the sun drenched patio.

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Hotel Tybee – Gay Friendly Hotel on Tybee Island, Georgia

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

The best location on Tybee Island, Savannah’s Beach, Hotel Tybee is ideally located just steps from the beach, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. With 208 guestrooms with private balconies, on site restaurant, lounge, two outdoor pools, meeting and event space, Hotel Tybee has been hosting memorable vacations for generations.

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