Take a look at the following destinations as GBLT friendly options.
Mardi Gras is Sydney’s biggest magnet for gay boys and girls, with most of the action centered around Oxford Street. Newlyweds keen on a more relaxed and romantic break, however, won’t feel shortchanged by the harbour city with its splendid beaches, buzzing foodie scene, exciting nightlife and bucket loads of glitz. For gastronomic delights, try the fashionable Quays area.
Hedonistic party nights, sun-drenched beaches and the most gay-friendly destination in the Mediterranean by a mile — it’s easy to see why Mykonos remains a gay mecca. Ancient Greece was no stranger to homosexuality either, and the scene still thrives on Mykonos with a thumping nightlife after the sun has dipped into the sea. During the day most gay visitors’ beach compass will be pointing keenly to the south of the island. This is where you will find Paradise beach and, more importantly, Super Paradise, one of the most famous gay stretches of sand in the world.
Although Thailand doesn’t have any specific legal protection for its LGBT citizens, it is one of the most gay-friendly countries in Asia — the “land of smiles” tagline applies to straight and gay visitors alike. Visitors are lured by the fragrant food, tropical islands, vibrant nightlife of Bangkok and affordability and Thailand is a traveller’s paradise in many respects. For a truly idyllic island-based romance, head to Phuket.
South Africa boasts one of the most advanced constitutions in the world: it was the first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and the first country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage.
No city in the country caters more for LGBT travellers than Cape Town. A trip there can easily be combined with a few days at a private game reserve like Lion Sands and marvelling at the Victoria Falls. For a taste of the high life book a room at the Cape Grace with its striking views of Table Mountain.
The Maldives is a firm favourite among newlyweds regardless of sexuality, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, palm-fringed beaches and tropical beauty at every turn. With 1,192 islands to choose from (192 of which are inhabited) this is the perfect option for couples hungry for privacy. The luxury on offer is outstanding, and (budget permitting) an overwater villa with glass floors is a truly memorable way to spend your trip.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Not only the financial capital of Israel, but also the country’s cultural hub, Tel Aviv has recently been stealing the limelight as an LGBT hotspot from such stalwarts as San Francisco and Barcelona. Gay and straight folk alike flock to the city on the weekends to enjoy its nightlife and holiday atmosphere, which feels a world away from nearby holy, ancient, Jerusalem.
Synonymous with tango, gauchos and more incredible red wine (not to mention red meat) than you can consume in one lifetime, Argentina has always inspired romantics. The country also approved same-sex marriage in 2010, and Buenos Aires is one of the most gay-friendly cities in South America. Besides, you’ll have the perfect excuse for breaking into the song Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina when strolling past Casa Rosada.
Isle of Wight, England
The U.K. island of the Isle of Wight is suited to those after an active holiday. Try one of Island Cycling Adventure’s around-the-island mountain bike tours, followed by an afternoon dangling from the limbs of a 300-year-old Oak tree, courtesy of Goodleaf Tree Climbing, before heading to a secluded and romantic beach to marvel at the sunset. The Priory Bay Hotel’s sumptuous rooms are ideal for those in search of romance.
Love is love, regardless of sexual orientation, and the City of Lights’ romantic appeal doesn’t limit itself either. Whether it is a picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a laid-back cruise down the Seine, scaling the Eiffel Tower or strolling through the Promenade plantée, Gay Paree knows how to do romance like few other cities.
France passed gay marriage legislation in 2013, and despite some resistance at the time, the city is generally very gay-friendly. Le Marais is still where most of the action is at for bars and clubs, with several more in the 1st arrondissement to pick from.
Barcelona and Sitges, Spain
Barcelona has a long history of fighting for equality. It was here that the Spanish LGBT movement’s flame was ignited in defiance to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco (being gay was illegal until 1973), and the city’s tolerant approach puts most other cities to shame.
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to Sitges. Cultured, historic and a revered party town in equal measure, during the day the beaches are where most of the action is, with plenty of topless tanning from the girls while the boys parade their gym-toned bodies. At night the bars and clubs spill onto the pavements while same-sex couples walk hand in hand or sip on cocktails.