Gay Phuket – The Nomadic Boys

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Grab a water gun, head here in mid-April and you have a legit free pass to spray water at any cutie you see walking down the street!

Songkran is the Buddhist New Year festival, which takes place every year from the 13th to 15th April. Around this time, Phuket and Bangkok host some of the biggest gay parties across all of Asia. But the thing to do in Songkran is chuck water at everyone. Seriously – in Buddhism, this symbolises the washing away of bad luck from the previous year. It cleanses you! And oh boy do we gays love a bit of cleansing? Trust us to take this to a whole different level, using it as an excuse to sashay the streets topless (it is, after all, super hot here in April!), chuck water at each other and make it into a massive party!

Phuket continues the festivities right after Songkran when Phuket Pride kicks off. Though to be frank, we found Phuket to be one big gay partyville throughout the entire year. There’s an entire area of gayness here in Patong affectionately nicknamed “Paradise Complex”, where all the gay bars and clubs of the island are. Head a few blocks from here and you reach Patong gay beach, full of hot speedo-clad guys posing, tanning, cruising, Instagramming, TikToking…suffice to say, if you’re looking for a gay beach holiday in Asia, Phuket’s got you covered!

This is our detailed gay guide to Phuket based on our trip here including the best gay hangouts, where to stay covering all budgets, gay spas, things to do and more. Note for LGBTQ travellers heading beyond Phuket, be sure to also check out our bumper gay guide to Thailand.

Gay Phuket

We loved gay Phuket. It was almost as fun as the gay scene of Bangkok, but right next to the beach!

The main gay strip of Phuket is based in and around the “Paradise Complex” of Patong. This is literally the Phuket gay area, all nicely concentrated within a few pedestrianised streets. More specifically, opposite the Royal Paradise Hotel, just off Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Road.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Lesbian Travel: Bali’s Black Sand Beaches – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Travel: Bali's Black Sand Beaches - Our Taste for Life

Bali’s black sand beaches are just one of the reasons why the island is so unique. You can hop from a white sand beach to a golden sand beach, then onto a black sand beach in the space of just one day. We fell in love with the black sand beaches in Bali and wrote this article to help you locate the best of them. We’ll also include an explanation as to why there are black sand beaches in Bali, and what you can expect from each one of them!

When you think of Bali’s beaches, it’s easy to imagine the pristine white sand and azure waters that adorn the pages of every Bali guidebook. Of course, these beaches are part and parcel of the Bali experience. But what makes Bali so extraordinary, are all the other quirks in between. Tremendous volcanoes, steaming jungles, lush rice terraces, majestic waterfalls, and of course, black sand beaches.

If you’ve never visited a black sand beach before, Bali is the place to do it. Easily accessible from the major tourist hubs, and generally far quieter than the white sand beaches, we consider them to be an essential addition to your Bali itinerary.

So let’s get to it, here is a list of the best black sand beaches in Bali.

1. Amed Beach

Amed Beach is the beach that runs adjacent to the main strip in town. Here you will find a selection of beach bars and restaurants, along with a great view of Agung; however, there aren’t any snorkelling opportunities. It’s also quite a polluted beach as it’s where the fishermen park their boats. Nevertheless, it’s a sweet spot for a sunset stroll.

By Charlotte & Natalie – Full Story at Our Taste for Life

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Kauai Off the Beaten Path – 2TravelDads

Kauai Off the Beaten Path - 2TravelDads

Being less common to visit on a trip to Hawaii than Oahu or Maui, off the beaten path Kauai is still quiet and beautiful; nearly untouched. These secret(ish) activities will ensure a wonderful trip to Kauai with kids or without. It’s the perfect island for a relaxing Hawaiian vacation.

Nicknamed the “Garden Island” because of its lush landscape, plentiful waterfalls, and beautiful mountainous terrain, from the moment we landed, Kauai did not disappoint. While not on the beach, our hotel was very close to the water and had great views at sunset from the wall of the cliffs across the street.

Off the Beaten Path Kauai

If you’ve done all the usual attractions on Kauai, there is still much more to discover, and all parts of the island are definitely worth visiting. There are many more gorgeous places will provide endless family fun and zillions of postcard-perfect photo layouts on the Garden Island. These are some other parts of off the beaten path Kauai to explore that offer the more relaxed beauty that a local might experience.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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Best Australian Gay Beaches – Gay Star News

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Australia is a paradise.

Well, spiders aside, it is.

Their beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with golden sand and sapphire seas just moments from the cultural centers of their cities. They all happen to be populate by hottest people on Earth too. It’s perfect: you just have to avoid a jellyfish here and there.
But as with most things in this world, the way to make those sandy paradises even better is to make it gay. So while it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, strip down and check out all the clothing-optional and gay beaches in Australia.

North Bondi Beach

You have to stress the north in this Australia gay beach because the further you travel in that direction, the gayer it gets. While Bondi Beach proper is for families, head to the right section and you’ll find other gay people, many of whom choose to sunbathe naked. This is probably the most famous beach, so it’s going to be busy.

Drinking is prohibited on the beach annoyingly, but there are plenty of bars on the strip running alongside it. Just make sure you put some clothes on.

By Tom Capon – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Crete Beach Vacations – Gay Star News

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Gay Holidays in Greece are certainly linked with the most popular destinations of Mykonos, Athens and Thessaloniki. But have you ever considered visiting Crete?

Crete, the second largest island in Greece, is known for its crystal-clear beaches (many of which are awarded with a blue flag), beautiful cities with intense nightlife and handsome locals. So, this island will gift you lots of new experiences to remember!

Cretans are distinguished for their great hospitality, which has also become part of their culture. Their behavior is so honest and sincere, that you will feel like you are with your best friend.

That said, you will notice that some Cretans might become very ‘touchy,’ almost flirting. That’s due to their extreme friendliness and poor understanding of personal space, so don’t misunderstand and think that they are trying to hit on you because you will surely put yourself into a very awkward situation!

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Nude Beaches in Italy – The Nomadic Boys

gay nude beaches in Italy

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

Agua Azul – Oaxaca Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Agua Azul

In 1999 we left Canada to begin a simpler life as “innkeepers” in a tropical climate. After five months exploring Mexico’s Pacific Coast, we discovered the perfect location in a place that no one can pronounce – Huatulco, Oaxaca (Wha-TOOL-co, Wha-HA-ca).

This is a relatively new eco-resort, consisting of 9 pristine bays and 36 beaches, with modern infrastructure, such as paved palm line streets.

With our six pages of criteria, the architect gave us a brilliant design in the “Mexican Pacific Coast Style”. This movement strives to integrate architecture with nature, using natural materials such a stone, clay, wood, palapa, and water.

We wanted each guestroom to have privacy, and with a hillside property, this was achieved by placing each room on its own level. The guestrooms are decorated with handmade tile, pottery and textiles,along with an eclectic selection of original art.

People come here to enjoy the perfect Huatulco climate, so the outdoor space is as important as the interior one. Each guestroom has a spacious ocean view terraza with palapa cover, hammock and other seating.

The Pacific coast is not known for its sunrises, but overlooking an inlet, we enjoy spectacular sunrises over Conejos bay each morning – with the added advantage of the terrazas being shaded from the more aggressive afternoon sun. Aside from the view of Tejoncito cove, my favorite element of the villa is the water feature, with five huge stepping stones that form our entrance.

A few years ago we were fortunate to be included in a piece on CNN.com Mexico’s 10 Best Seaside Hideaways.

We serve a healthy breakfast in “barefoot elegance”, under a 30 foot domed palapa. This consists of several fresh tropical fruits, bread, “pan dulces”, home made scones or muffins, granola with milk and yogurt, fresh squeezed juice and coffee or tea. Rick and I operate a B&B because we like meeting a diversity of people, and during breakfast, we enjoy lively conversations with our guests. Of course, we understand not everyone is a morning person, and respect your wish to be left on your own if that is your preference.

We are only a 10 minute taxi ride from the town center, but if you don’t feel like moving, we have an arrangement with several restaurants to deliver for a small fee.

We highly recommend renting a “panga” to discover several of Huatulco’s virgin beaches, but it is not entirely necessary. There is a beautiful virgin beach about a 10 minute walk from Agua Azul la Villa, over a hill and through a path in the forest. In spite of the fact that we are in a developed upscale residential neighborhood, there is rarely another soul on this beach. If you are really fortunate, you may see turtle tracks and the nests where they have laid their eggs. To help make this a perfect experience, we have umbrellas to take to this beach, and can even supply a cooler for a picnic.

If you’re looking for a perfect oceanside paradise, come stay with us at Agua Azul B&B!

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Gay Beaches That Are Perfect This Winter

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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

Gay Thailand – The Best Beaches and Islands

Gay Thailand - Ko Poda

LGBTI people are embraced throughout gay Thailand – not just in the cities!

Thai Islands – Ko Pha Ngan

Sponsored: Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand has its fair share of beautiful beaches, but with much of the interior covered by tropical forest, this is an island which is great for those who like to trek or connect with nature.

The island also has a reputation for being a spiritual location with a number of yoga, meditation, and detox centres on the island. Ko Pha Ngan is also famous, some would say infamous, for the Full Moon Party. Enjoy the party, but do keep your wits about you and exercise caution.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Lesbian Greece – The Best Beaches

Lesbian Greece - Santorini Black Sand Beach

So you want to go to Greece. Why? For the delicious food, the wonderful people and timeless history? And, and of course, Greek beaches. Greece has hundreds of beaches – each of them spectacular in their own way – if, for nothing else, it’s Greece! Where better to soak up some sun? Nestled close to the ever-alluring, impossibly clear blue Mediterranean Sea.

What kind of beach-goer are you? A toes-in-the-golden-sand beach person, a crowded, party-beach person, a quiet romantic cove seeker, just-want-to-be-close-to-the-water beach seeker or a stunning-beach-view person? Or maybe you’re a cooler, beach umbrella and full prep beach goer, a walk-the-shoreline bikini strutter, or someone who just-wants-to-shed-it-all-and-let-the-sun-kiss-you-all-over kinda naked beach lover?

GoGirlfriend personally visited each of these beaches on our 5 island Greek tour and we’ve got the must-visit highlights.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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