Top 5 gay and lesbian travel destinations – Summer / Fall 2013

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This amazing city in Brazil is more than just a place where people can see the gigantic world famous statue of Jesus. In fact, Rio is one of the most ideal travel destinations in the world. Rio’s unique beauty lies in its magnificent beaches, and most of it is very popular with gay tourists. In addition, the city is only known for its gay beach: Ipanema. The beach is part of the city’s gay area, of the same name.

For gay travel groups looking for fun and constant celebration, with gay men almost nude everywhere, the Leblon District of Rio de Janeiro is the place to be. Year after year, Rio is one of the most sought after gay travel destinations in the world. However, Rio is not the perfect choice if a romantic and / or relaxing vacation is your top priority.

Orbitz Worldwide – a leading online world travel agency – recommends 5-star Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana. Prices start at approximately $ 350 USD a night, but vary greatly, depending on the room or suite that guests choose. An important aspect is that the hotel does not offer any single rooms. As a result, the so-called single supplement is charged when reserving a room or suite. Late August is the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro.

2. Caribbean Islands

These heavenly islands attract visitors with stunning sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters. Throughout the year, the weather is almost perfect here; Except for the hurricane season in early fall. However, this should not affect anyone’s gay travel plans for 2013, especially since August and September are the best months on a trip to the Caribbean. Some of these beautiful islands are more gay friendly than others. Homosexuals are not advised to travel to Barbados, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, because these areas are known for their long history of homophobia.

Instead, gay, Caribbean and French and American islands welcome gay tourists. Saint Croix Island is, without a doubt, the most gay-friendly island in the Caribbean. Gay travelers can enjoy all the major advantages of a major tourist destination, such as luxury resorts, exclusive shopping areas and great restaurants. On the other hand, St. Croix also offers the possibility to spend a relaxing and quiet time at the sea.

Gaytravel.com recommends Sand Castle On The Beach, which is owned and operated by gays. Apart from 21 beautiful and spacious rooms, the hotel offers a luxury beachfront villa. Prices for this unique villa start at $ 3071 for 5 days.

3. Luxury cruise from Athens to Istanbul

From the heart of Greece to the center of Turkey, on a luxury yacht. Zoom Vacations offers a unique cruise aboard the world’s most expensive mega yacht – SeaDream. On September 13, 2013 the yacht departs from Athens and stops on some popular islands and ports in Greece and Turkey. Some destinations include Kepez, Skiathos, Thassos, Kavala and Volos.

The cruise treats both bachelors and gays, with prices starting at $ 3,999 per person. Fare includes all-inclusive luxury services and accommodation, plus sailing boats and diving adventures. However, there are additional costs for singles, in case they want to travel alone. The agency offers the pairing of single gay travelers. Although international and domestic airline tickets are not included in the price, Zoom Holidays has negotiated a 5% discount with American Airlines for this flight.

4. Phuket, Thailand

This is the largest and most famous island in Thailand. The country’s capital – Bangkok – is only an hour away. Phuket is famous as one of the most gay friendly places in the world and its annual gay festival is held twice a year – in February and November. Gay Times consistently ranked Phuket as the best gay place.

The island is famous for gay nightlife, as Patong – the island’s most popular resort town – has the only pool of gay bars and clubs in southern Bangkok. Travel Guy Asia recommends Hotel La Flora. This 5-star hotel is just a few minutes from the gay section of Patong’s main beach. Prices start at approximately $ 1,100 for a week’s stay. Phuket is truly a tropical paradise, with great beaches and beautiful people.

5. Japan

Japan has an ancient and developed anomalous culture. Memoirs of nobles who lived in the court of the emperor in the eleventh century contain references to gay relations. Tokyo has more than 200 gay bars and clubs – a fact that makes it hard to believe that Japan is fueling a repressive regime against gay and lesbian people. Shinjuku Ni-chome is the gay district of Tokyo.

In addition, Japanese gays are known for their decisiveness – once they love someone, they will act accordingly. LastMinute.com.au lists Park Hyatt Tokyo as the best option for gay travelers. Prices start at approximately $ 700 a night for a double room.

In short, these are the top 5 gay and lesbian havens to visit this season. Most LGBT travelers are constantly searching for exotic destinations that match their lifestyles and interests. At the same time, gay tourists, whether they are single or couples, need to know where gay-friendly holidays are located. Unfortunately, there are still many countries around the world that do not tolerate LGBT people. Therefore, it is advised to pay close attention before booking a gay trip or trip.

Popular destinations for gay tourists, such as the above-mentioned traffickers, have the potential to offer a lifetime experience.