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Warming the Winter Blues: 5 LGBT-Friendly Beach Destinations

Not everyone is a fan of winter and all of the cold, wind, and snow that comes with it.

But when it comes to searching for that perfect warm, tropical beach getaway, not all destinations are created equal when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

So if you’re looking to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sand, sun, and surf, take a look at these beach destinations that will not only ward of the winter blues, but will also be welcoming to the LGBT crowd…


Cancun, Mexico

It’s a hot spring break destination, and also home to the popular gay beach Playa Delfines. Here you’ll find plenty of white sand and incredible views. There are also plenty of beach activities to check out, including taking surfing lessons.

Cancun, Mexico


Sydney, Australia

In the “Land Down Under” you’ll find not just one, but six gay-friendly beaches to chose from. Check out North Bondi Beach, Tamarama Beach, or Bronte Beach. If nude sunbathing is your thing, head for the secluded beaches of Lady Jane Beach or Obelisk Beach.

Sydney, Australia


Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the few countries in the Central and South American region that tends to be LGBT-friendly. And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, the country is a perfect destination that boasts many eco-friendly spots. La Playita (also known as Play Dulce Vida) is a popular gay-friendly beach. There are also plenty of gay-friendly hotels and vacation rentals available in the area too.

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica


Miami Beach, Florida

This sunny Florida city hosts an abundance of sexy men and women, as well as high-end shopping, fine dining, and plenty of nightlife. Here you’ll find plenty of gay bars and clubs as well in the South Beach Area. Don’t forget to check out the nude beach, Haulover Beach for some relaxing sunbathing.

Miami Beach, Florida


Maui, Hawaii

The LGBT-friendly “Little Beach” in Makena State Park is a hotspot for the gay scene. Located about a mile (1.6km) from the Maui Prince Hotel, this secluded beach is relaxing and picturesque. In fact, you have to hike over a lava-flow trail to access it. It’s perfect for some fun in the sun and makes for a small adventure when hiking to it.

Maui, Hawaii

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