Gay Vacations 2014 – The Top 11 Cities To Visit This Year
rukkle has put together a list of the top gay travel destinations for 2014.
In it, we explore the known (i.e. Berlin, Amsterdam, and Sydney) and the unusual (i.e Phuket, Seattle, and Cancun) gay vacation spots.
Gays are well known for their disposable income and many use it to travel the world. rukkle has put together its list of the top gay vacations for 2014.
Many of these types of lists include the mainstays of Paris, San Francisco, Miami, and London. We’ve decided to highlight 11 gay vacations that you’d expect (ie. Berlin, Amsterdam, and Sydney) and add some surprises (i.e. Seattle, Tokyo, and Cancun).
Seattle, United States
Seattle is home to such phallic objects as the Space Needle. Plus, it’s filled with west coast hipsters sporting handsome facial hair and plaid shirts. A visit to Pike Market is sure to send you to foodie heaven. Plus, you can hike across the gorgeous landscapes to shed a few calories.
Seattle offers you daytime activities like cruising while playing frisbee and the nighttime consists of the symphony, opera, and hitting up the many gay clubs.
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Phuket is by far the largest and most famous island in Thailand. It’s also known as one of the most gay friendly places to visit. If you visit in February or November, you can attend their Gay Festival that takes places twice a year.
Phuket’s tropical paradise will allow you to leave your trip with a gorgeous tan. Finally, be sure to dance your nights away in Patong.
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Las Vegas, United States
With Britney now headlining in Vegas, the gays have yet another reason to visit. Don’t worry, Celine Dion and Elton John are still there too. Plus, Cirque de Soleil continues to pack in the crowds with their many shows.
Las Vegas offers you a way to escape the mundane in an exciting way. Whether it’s casino hopping, shopping, taking in a show, or dancing the night away, we highly recommend Las Vegas as one of our top gay vacations.
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Berlin has long been recognized as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. While Germany is their Native language, English is well recognized as Berlin’s second language. If you’re looking for gays holding hands or out in full leather, then visit the Schöneberg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, and Prenzlauer Berg neighborhoods.
In the evening, head to the Schöneberg neighbourhood, where you’ll find a number of gay bars, shops, and clubs.
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São Paulo, Brazil
GLBT tourism is a huge money maker for Brazil and this extends to São Paulo. Every year in May, millions of people attend what is described as the world’s largest gay pride parade.
If you’ve attended enough pride parades for your lifetime, then visit in November for their annual gay film festival called, Mix Brasil. Or visit at any time and take advantage of their numerous shopping malls, restaurants, museums, and active nightlife.
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Sydney has long been regarded as one of the world’s most popular gay vacations. Whether you’re in search of Priscilla of the Desert, Kylie Minogue, or a skimpy speedo – Sydney has tons to offer as one of our top gay vacations.
It’s biggest attraction would be the incredible weather. Be sure to visit between November to March, where you’ll find plenty of gay men taking advantage of the heat and enjoying Sydney’s many beaches. Recently, Sydney’s been recognized for its GayTMs, a new initiative started in support of their Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations.
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If you want to party, then you’ll be happy to know that Tokyo has more than 200 gay bars and clubs. Check out Tokyo’s gay district, Shinjuku Ni-Chome and you won’t be disappointed. Plus, you can take advantage of Japanese men and their decisiveness.
You won’t be questioning whether that guy is into you, they’re known to make their intentions very clear. If you want to do something out of the ordinary, consider getting married in Tokyo’s Disneyland up in Cinderella’s castle. Two lesbians recently did so after requesting to get married there and receiving Mickey Mouse’s approval to do so.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is well known for its liberal policies on gay marriage and drug tolerance. Be sure to explore your own tolerance in the recently developed event, Fetish Pride. It started in 2013 and is held in May for their Ascension Day weekend. If you’re into leather, there’s always the Get Ruff Leather Pride held each October or Gay Pride in August.
Whether legally smoking pot in their coffee shops or drinking cheap Amstel in their many pubs, Amsterdam has much to offer. Don’t be surprised, if you connect with one of their local politicians on Grindr. Sadly, they won’t be after a hook up, but instead your vote in their local election.
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The beach at Barceloneta has been heralded as one of the top gay beaches in the world. This is just one of the reasons Barcelona is one of our top gay vacations. Barceloneta’s beach is usually filled with hot guys and there are a ton of gay friendly bars and cafes nearby.
In the evening, Barcelona features a number of excellent restaurants serving up delicious tapas and a ton of wine to accompany them. In the evening, take a stroll through the L’Eixample district and you’ll find a ton of gay bars and clubs.
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When you think of gay travel in Mexico, most automatically think of Puerto Vallerta or Mexico City. Cancun has long had a thriving gay scene that includes gay-owned beachfront accommodations, gay beaches, and an active gay nightlife.
English is widely spoken throughout Cancun and you’ll find a number of familiar restaurants and shopping malls. If you can pull yourself away from the excitement, be sure to visit the remains of a small Mayan settlement at the El Rey ruins.
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Le Village (aka The Gay Village) is the obvious choice for our top gay vacations in Montreal. There, you’ll find yourself in the heart of gay Montreal and with easy access to gay dining, nightlife, and shops. Montreal is well known for its handsome men and scandalous strippers.
If you’re there for a few days, be sure to head outside the village and explore Old Montreal. Old Montreal boosts cobblestone, a ton of history, and lots of gorgeous art galleries.
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What Do You Think?
When planning your next gay vacation, you could do the usual (i.e. Paris, San Francisco, or Melbourne), but rukkle hopes that you’ll consider the unusual too (i.e. Phuken, Cancun, and Seattle). Either way, you’re sure to have an amazing time.
We hope that this gay vacations 2014 list gives you a number of top gay travel destinations to choose from this year. Do you have any suggestions for must-see LGBT friendly destinations that we missed?