Ready to get away from it all? From the sunny plazas of Portugal to the nonstop nightlife of Thailand, there are countless gay-friendly hotspots on every corner of the planet. In honor of October’s LGBT History Month in the USA, check out the eight hottest LGBT travel destinations and start packing!
The Top 8 Hottest LGBT Travel Destinations
Where on earth is more romantic than Paris? Whether you are going for a romantic getaway or want to party the night away, the French capital is the place to be. Start your adventure by exploring the medieval lanes at the heart of Paris’ LGBT community, Marais.
Wander through the trendy shops, chic boutiques, cool galleries and gay-friendly cafés then take in the world famous Parisian nightlife.
Thailand has it all. From pulsing LGBT nightlife to chill beach getaways, Thailand is one of the top LGBT travel destinations. Cities along the coast like Phuket have gay beaches where you can party all night then soak up the sun all day.
While many places in Asia are less welcoming, Thailand is leading the way to equality. The recently passed Gender Equality Act protects the LGBT community and is paving the way to a better life for all Thais.
3. Puerto Rico
Ready to tie the knot? The gorgeous island of Puerto Rico is the perfect spot for a destination wedding. Take the plunge surrounded by the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of this Caribbean paradise.
More into the singles’ scene? Check out the amazing gay beach at Condado then dance the night away in Old San Juan. And, whatever you do, be sure to plan on a few days to explore the unspoiled beauty of Vieques Island and the lush rainforests.
4. San Francisco
We couldn’t leave San Francisco off of our list of LGBT travel destinations! Explore the amazing restaurants and boutiques of the Castro neighborhood then stick around to explore the 60 local LGBT bars and clubs. Into history? You’ll love the “Cruisin’ the Castro” historical walking tour. With some of the world’s most important LGBT sites, Castro is a must-see.
If you are lucky enough to be in California in June, get to the SF Pride Parade! With more than 1.7 million visitors per year at the Pride Festival™ Gay Pride Weekend, San Francisco has one of the biggest and best LGBT celebrations on earth.
Looking for a more low-key scene? Cambodia is the place for you. With amazing food, gorgeous beaches and a fascinating culture, Cambodia is one of Asia’s most overlooked destinations. While there aren’t a ton of all night gay bars, there are a few great spots around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
The former King Norodom Sihanouk was a major LGBT supporter and changed the cultural landscape of the country. Just keep in mind that PDA in general isn’t acceptable in Cambodia. Whether you are gay or straight, keep the kisses for at home.
6. Bali, Indonesia
While you’ll find LGBT-friendly spots all over Bali, Seminyak is a renown gay hotspot. Fall in love with Cantina Beach, then spend the night exploring the beachfront bars.
Cuba is opening up to American visitors and it is time to start exploring. While many areas of Latin America have a less tolerant attitude, Cuba is much more progressive. Of course, with the upcoming flood of American travelers, the country is likely to become increasingly more liberal.
Tons of gay tour companies and cruise ships are already taking the country by storm. Party it up at Havana’s LGBT Pride Week in May, explore the remarkable countryside and learn about the uniquely Cuban culture while you pave the way.
8. Algarve, Portugal
From the emerald seas of the Mediterranean to dramatic Atlantic coastline, Portugal is easily one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Into the artsy vibe and alternative sound? You will adore Algarve.
This coastal city has a young, creative atmosphere and is filled with gay friendly spots. If you can pull yourself away from the beaches and sun soaked plazas, there are awesome LGBT bars, cafés, saunas and more.
That concludes our list of the top 8 hottest LGBT travel destinations. For more LGBT travel information, including even more LGBT travel destinations, check out Out Traveler and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.