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Gay Pride events are as important now as they have ever been. Whilst we are fortunate to come from a part of Europe (UK/France) where being gay means we have almost the same rights as our straight counterparts, sadly there still exist many places where simply being gay can get you killed.

There are over 70 countries in the world where being gay is an illegal crime. What's worse is that in 7 of these, the governments actively impose the death penalty for consensual same-sex acts, specifically: Brunei, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan.

Today Pride events are not only an important way to celebrate who we are, but they act as a crucial symbol to LGBTQ communities around the world to show we are not alone and we are fighting together for full equality and recognition everywhere.

In this article we celebrate the 10 best gay Pride events from around the world, which we think are the most unique and important. Whichever Pride event your travels take you to, always make sure you have adequate travel insurance.

Which are the best gay Pride events in the world? Read on to find out…
1. New York (USA): where Pride was born

New York is where the Pride movement was born. Following the police raid of the gay Stonewall Inn on 28 June 1969, the LGBTQ community said “ENOUGH!” and started a serious of demonstrations led by drag queen Marsha Johnson. This became the catalyst for LGBTQ movements across the US in 1970, and then around the world.

Today the New York Pride on the last weekend of June is one of the largest in the world, attracting crowds of around 2 million. The 2019 New York World Pride, which also commemorates 50 years since the Stonewall riots, is set to be the largest Pride event ever with around 4 million people estimated to attend!

Other notable Pride events in the US

There are Pride events taking place in almost every city across the US, with a handful also attracting millions of people.

San Francisco Pride is the other notable giant taking place alongside New York's Pride on the last weekend of June. Others include the Prides of Chicago (end of June), Columbus (mid-June), Houston (mid-June), Los Angeles (early June), Minneapolis (mid-June), Denver (mid-June), San Diego (mid-June), St Petersburg (mid-June) and Miami Beach Pride (early April).

The Stonewall Inn in New York: where the concept of Pride began back in 1969
2. Madrid (Spain): best Pride in Europe

Every European gay guy knows that Madrid Pride is the best place to celebrate Pride each year (at least it is according to these 2 European gay guys!)

The “Fiesta del Orgulla Gay” of Madrid takes place on the last Saturday of June each year and it is the biggest in Europe, attracting around 2 million people each year. The largest was WorldPride Madrid 2017, which had an estimated 3.5 million people attend.

The first Madrid Pride took place in 1979 following the death of Fascist dictator Francisco Franco, which led to a huge renaissance of democracy and liberal values in Spain. As a result, Spain has today transformed into one of the most gay friendly countries in the world, with very progressive LGBTQ laws, including gay marriage.

We particularly love Madrid Pride because whilst it's so big, it doesn't feel like it. The entire city gets involved and it feels like one enormous street party. Every road has parties going on, with people celebrating and just having a fun time. It's truly unique and why it is often considered to be one of the best Pride events in Europe, and not only by us!

Other notable Pride events in Spain

As one of the most gay friendly countries in the world, it's no surprise that almost every city (and island) in Spain has its own Pride. Barcelona Pride is the largest one after Madrid, attracting crowds of around 300,000. Other cities and islands famous for their Prides include Maspolomas (May), Ibiza (mid-June), Sitges (early June), Torremolinos (late May) and Benidorm (September).

3. Sao Paulo (Brazil): largest Pride in the world

The “Parada Gay Sao Paulo” is notorious for being the largest Pride in the world, attracting a staggering 3-5 million people each year.

Sao Paulo's Pride began in 1997 and takes place on the first weekend of June along the city's main street called “Paulista Avenue”. It was famously featured in the Netflix show “Sense8” where the sexy Mexican star Lito used his platform at Sao Paulo Pride to publicly come out.

Today more than ever, the LGBTQ network of Brazil is in need of support since the country voted the far right and completely anti-gay Jair Bolsonaro in as President from 1st January 2019. Bolsonaro has been a vocal opponent to our LGBTQ community, stating things like: “Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families”! This has led to an increase in violent crimes against LGBTQ people in Brazil.

Although this hasn't stopped the Brazilian LGBTQ community from flourishing, it does show the importance and need for Pride events, now more than ever, to stand strong in defiance of such people.

Other notable Pride events in Brazil

Rio's pride is also huge, attracting around 2 million people and is in our opinion one of the best Prides of Latin America. It features a festival that takes place along the beach with many unofficial Prides also taking place across Rio's neighbourhoods. The date changes every year due to administrative issues, so check the Rio Facebook page for the latest official information about the next one.

Other cities in Brazil hosting notable Pride events are Florianópolis and Salvador, who coincide their Pride with the February/March Carnival season.

4. Sydney (Australia): most colourful Pride in the world

The Sydney Pride takes place during the Australian summer in late February / early March. It coincides with the Carnival season, which is why it is called “Sydney Mardi Gras“.

Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most famous gay festivals in the world as well as one of the oldest. It started in 1978 on Oxford Street as a morning protest with just 500 people, calling for an end to police harassment against homosexuals and the repeal of the anti-gay laws. The second Mardi Gras in 1979 was more successful with over 3,000 people attending and no arrests.

Today the Sydney Mardi Gras takes over the entire city with around 500k people attending. If that's not enough, it has become so popular that stars like Cher, Kylie Minogue, Cyndi Lauper and George Michael have performed there.

Other notable Pride events in Australia

Melbourne has a Pride that is part of the annual “Midsumma” queer festival in Jan/Feb with around 25,000 people attending.

Other cities in Australia that have notable Pride events include: Adelaide (November), Brisbane (September) and the Perth Western Australia Pridefest (November).

The colourful Mardi Gras of Sydney
5. Taipei (Taiwan): largest Pride in Asia

Whilst Taipei Pride in late October may not be the biggest in the world, it's such an important event because it is the largest one in Asia – a continent that doesn't have the best track record with regards to LGBTQ rights.

Whilst most countries in Asia are grappling to overturn anti-gay laws or introduce legislation that deals with anti-discrimination against our LGBTQ community, Taiwan on the other hand is powering ahead, becoming the only place on the entire continent to introduce same sex marriage!

The 2018 Taipei Pride drew record crowds of 150,000, which makes it by far the most popular and largest gay festival in Asia. It all began in 2003 as a small parade with 1,000 people attending, which has since grown into something so important for not just the gay community of Taiwan, but for the entire LGBTQ community across Asia.

Other notable Pride events in Taiwan

The other prominent Pride event in Taiwan is in Kaohsiung City, which is held in November.

Taipei Pride: the largest gay pride event in all of Asia!
6. Amsterdam (Netherlands): most unique Pride in the world

The Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade is not only huge, attracting crowds of around 500,000+, it is the most unique Pride event in the world. This is the only Pride event in the world that takes place entirely on water!

On the first Saturday of August each year, a large colourful parade of around 80 boats takes over the entire city as they make their way through the famous UNESCO listed canals. Alongside the parade, lots of street parties take place, along with some of the best circuit parties like “Rapido“.

Other notable Pride events in the Netherlands

The Utrecht Canal Pride in early June is the second largest Pride event in the Netherlands. Rotterdam has a Pride event in the last weekend of September.

Amsterdam is one of our favourite places in the world to celebrate Pride
7. Tel Aviv (Israel): best Pride beach party

Tel Aviv is one of the most popular Pride beach parties. It takes place in mid-June, attracting crowds of around 200,000.

As it's beach orientated, Tel Aviv pride has become synonymous with body-beautiful, Adonis-like guys…everywhere you look! The climax of the event is the large beach party on Charles Clore beach, which goes on into the early hours of the next day.

The other important point to note about Tel Aviv Pride is that it is the only successful annual Pride to take place in the Middle East – a region (with the exception of Israel of course) with a terrible record for LGBTQ rights. Read more about this in our article about the most gay friendly Arab countries.

Other notable Pride events in Israel

Jerusalem has a more sober Pride event in early August, which attracts around 20,000 people but has very heavy security following a stabbing incident at the 2015 event.

8. Johannesburg (South Africa): largest Pride in Africa

Joburg Pride is nicknamed the “Pride of Africa“, which is an apt nickname given it is the largest (and one of the fewest) Pride events to take place in Africa. Whilst it may not be one of the largest, it is significant because of its location on what is often referred to as the worst continent in the world to be gay.

Johannesburg held the first Pride of Africa in October 1993, which was towards the end of the apartheid era. Subsequently in 1996, under Nelson Mandela's Presidency, the country passed one of the most progressive constitutions in which unfair discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is prohibited.

Joburg's Pride continues to take place every year on the last Saturday of October.

Other notable Pride events in South Africa

Other Pride events that take place in South Africa include Cape Town Pride (Feb/March), Durban Pride (June) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Pride in Port Elizabeth (November).

Wise words by Nelson Mandela that we strongly believe in!
9. Cologne (Germany): biggest Pride in Europe

Cologne often rivals Madrid for the title of “biggest” and “best” Pride in Europe. It takes place on the first Saturday of July, attracting crowds of around 1-2 million. That's pretty impressive given that the city's population is only around 1 million people!

Pride marches in Germany are referred to as “Christopher Street Day” (or CSD), in memory of the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day in New York.

Other notable Pride events in Germany

Berlin Pride (late July) is another popular Pride event not just in Germany, but across Europe. It is one of the oldest, dating back to 1979.

Hamburg Pride is the other main Pride event of Germany to look out for, which takes place in early August.

The boys of Cologne take to the streets during Pride!
10. Toronto (Canada): because Canada!

No “best of gay…” list is ever complete without mention of what we think is the most gay friendly country in the world.

Toronto Pride is not only one of the largest Prides in the world, but outside the US, it is one of the oldest, dating back to 1972.

Today Toronto Pride (in mid-June) attracts crowds of around 1-2 million. What we love most about Toronto Pride and Pride events generally in Canada is that the government not only enthusiastically backs them financially, but their leader often gets involved and is seen leading the entire procession!

Other notable Pride events in Canada

Montreal's Gay Pride (mid-August) is also big, often attracting around 1 million people. The 2017 Montreal Pride was also the first “Canada Fierte Pride“, which you can find out more about in our Vlog below.

Vancouver's Pride takes place every year on the first Monday of August. Just like Montreal, it's very popular, attracting crowds of around 1 million. Another popular Pride event in Canada to look out for is the “Capital Pride” of Ottawa in late August.

Bonus mention: London Pride

Growing up in London, it was always a joy to experience marching through the iconic streets of London (in early July) with 1 million+ people watching! Although Pride in London has been criticised for becoming too commercial, it still remains one of the largest Pride events in the world. It is also one of the oldest – like Toronto Pride, it was the first one to take place outside the US in 1972.

The UK also has a range of other smaller but just as popular Pride events, in particular Brighton (early August), Manchester (late August) and Edinburgh (mid-June).

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Taiwan has become one of the most gay friendly places in Asia. On a continent famous for not having the most progressive LGBTQ rights, Taiwan is proudly paving the way forward. It has long been a gay trailblazer, famous for having progressive LGBTQ laws, the largest pride in Asia and even a God devoted to homosexual love with his own temple in New Taipei City.

In May 2019, Taiwan made history by becoming the first nation in Asia to implement gay marriages. This is immense!

Nowhere else in Asia comes close to this achievement. For example, whilst other gay friendly places in Asia like Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Hong Kong, Nepal and the Philippines may have started discussing the implementation of gay civil union laws (if at all!), no one else has even touched the realm of recognising same sex marriages. Except Taiwan!

Of course the same sex marriage laws of Taiwan are not without difficulties, having had quite a bumpy road to get to where they are. Despite this, it is an incredible achievement not only for Taiwan's gay community, but also for the entire LGBTQ community across Asia.

So what is it about Taiwan that makes it so gay friendly? We met with local boy Po-Hung from Kaohsiung who was also Mr Gay Taiwan 2018. Po-Hung gave us the full lowdown about the gay life of Taiwan, what it's like growing up gay here and other invaluable local tips.

Welcome to our blog Po-Hung! Please introduce yourself:

Hi boys! I am Po-Hung, 32 years old from Kaohsiung City in Taiwan. Kaohsiung is the second biggest city of Taiwan after the big capital, Taipei. Kaohsiung is in the southwest of Taiwan and Taipei is on the other end of the island, right at the northern tip.

I studied psychology and went on to become a professional counsellor, specialising in relationships. In 2013, I moved to Taipei because I was working as cabin crew for almost 4 years. In 2018 I co-founded an online dating service for the LGBTQ community called “Heder”. Heder is a match-making service and also a dating coach providing counselling for gay couples.

In 2018, I was also crowned “Mr Gay Taiwan”.

Po-Hung tells us about gay life in Taiwan
Are you openly gay?

I was Mr Gay Taiwan…so I am now very much out of the closet!

All my friends and family know about my fabulous life and fully support me. But in actual fact, before I became Mr Gay Taiwan in 2018, I wasn't fully out. This competition turned into an important and incredible coming out journey.

For gay guys in Asia it's very difficult growing up, even in Taiwan which is more gay friendly than most places on the continent. This is mainly because Asian society generally is socially conservative and we have very close relationships within our families. The older generations in particular are more conservative, with one sole objective in life: to become grandparents with lots of grandchildren!

Po-Hung in full Taiwanese National Dress
What was it like growing up gay in Taiwan?

I grew up in the 1990s and 2000s, which was a time of great change in Taiwan (see next question). Growing up, I never experienced any homophobia in Taiwan. There's always been a place I could go to to hang out with other gays and make friends. Whilst society always has its bad eggs, I've found Taiwanese society to be very accepting.

I think part of this is because over the past 20-30 years, we see more gay characters represented in the media and on Taiwanese TV/cinema. This has definitely helped to “normalise” us and show that we are not freaks of nature! For example, in the late 1980s, author Pai Hsien-yung published a famous gay novel called “Crystal Boys”, which was recently made into a gay TV series. Other popular gay movies in Taiwan include “Formula 17” (2004) and the lesbian film, “Spider Lilies” (2007) by Zero Chou. Spider Lilies won the Teddy Award for best gay feature film at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, which was an amazing achievement for our LGBTQ community!

And don't forget Taiwanese director Ang Lee! Although he's not gay, the very fact that he directed a huge Oscar winning gay movie in 2005 (Brokeback Mountain) was a big deal for us! He also made a gay Taiwanese (Oscar nominated) movie in 1993 called “The Wedding Banquet” about a gay Chinese man who stages a sham marriage to please his parents.

Taiwanese screenwriter and director Ang Lee directing Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
Why is Taiwan so gay friendly?

A big part of this is because in the period after the Martial Law rule was lifted in 1987, Taiwan massively transformed.

The 38 years of the Martial Law (1949-1987), or the “White Terror”, was a very dark period for Taiwan. There were severe restrictions on our freedom of expression, which led to the death and imprisonment of around 200,000 people. So from 1987 onwards, there was this huge push for democracy and change.

As a result, over the past 30 years, Taiwanese society has become increasingly liberal-minded, certainly compared to most other parts of Asia. During this period, Taiwan passed many anti-discrimination laws particularly in education (2004), in employment (2007) and in all other areas of business (2017). We also made it legal for gays to serve in the army in 2002, introduced the right to change your legal gender in 2008 and outlawed conversion therapy in 2018. More recently, we became the first (and only) country in Asia to pass gay marriage laws!

This has allowed us to develop a rich queer culture, particularly in Taipei, which has one of the best gay scenes in Asia. And of course we have Taipei Pride every October, which is famous for not only being the largest Pride across the whole of Asia, but also one of the largest LGBTQ events in the world.

Whilst there is of course more work to do, I am so proud of what my country has achieved with regards to LGBTQ rights over the past few decades.

Po-Hung standing proud for Taiwan!
How did you meet other guys growing up?

I used to head up to the gay bars of Taipei from my city to meet and connect with other guys. I also got really involved with gay sports groups from which I've made some of my closest friends.

Today I am a member of a gay boat racing group called “Rainbow Punch“. Every weekend we meet and race our “Dragon Boat” – this is a traditional wooden human-powered Chinese boat, decorated with a dragon head and tail at each end.

We have 120 members in our group. Together we take part in lots of different competitions all around Taiwan, always with the rainbow flag flying proud.

Po-Hung rowing hard with his fellow Rainbow Punch racers
What was it like being crowned Mr Gay Taiwan?

This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. I never thought I would come out as a gay public figure before.

At first I received quite nasty online criticism like:

“How can HE represent the gay community of Taiwan? He’s too fem!”

Comments like these just made me fight and work harder. You will never please everyone and you shouldn't strive to! This experience taught me to be humble, confident, and most importantly of all, be yourself no matter what, no matter what anyone else says. Embrace every part of you and face the imperfect head on. That's what makes you beautiful and perfect.

The moment Po-Hung was crowned Mr Gay Taiwan!
Are there any other out gay Taiwanese celebrities?

Whilst there are many gay Taiwanese celebrities, sadly there are many that stay in the closet because they are scared that being out would lose them their sponsorship deals and compromise their careers. These are some of the famous gay Taiwanese celebrities who are out and proud:

Jin Tai was the first pop singer to come out. In 2014 she came out as a lesbian in an interview with the China Times. She used to be part of the tomboy band called “MissTER”. Another out lesbian pop singer is Enno Cheng of the band “Chocolate Tiger” who famously came out in 2016 after divorcing her ex-husband. More recently, Aaron Yan of the former boy band “Fahrenheit” formally came out in December 2018 after his ex-boyfriend “exposed” him in the media.

In the movie industry, Elaine Jin is a Hong Kong/Taiwanese actress who has been in a same sex relationship with Suzie Wong since 2005. Peter Chang (with his boyfriend Mitch Cullin) is a well-known filmmaker and Zero Chou is a very famous lesbian director and screenwriter.

Audrey Tang is the world's first transgender minister. She is a Taiwanese free software programmer who was described as one of the 10 greatest Taiwanese computing personalities. In August 2016, she became Taiwan's Digital Minister, making her the first transgender person official in the top executive cabinet. Another prominent out gay politician is Chung-Ming Wang who is a member of the Green Party Taiwan and also a gay rights activist.

Kevin Tsai is a talk show host who was the first male celebrity to come out in Taiwan during a television interview in 2001. Other famous gay Taiwanese writers and media figures include Lin Hwai-min, Pai Hsien-yung, Qiu Miaojiin, Peter Chang, Li Jing and Alicia Liu.

Finally, Jason Wu is an openly gay Taiwanese fashion designer now based in New York. He is best known for designing Michelle Obama's dresses during Barack Obama's first and second inaugurations.

Jason Wu posing with Michelle Obama and one of the dresses he famously designed for her
What's the gay scene of Taipei like?

I love the gay scene of Taipei. It's one of the best in Asia, with many gay hangouts spread across the city.

The majority of the gay village of Taipei is based around the Ximen Red House Complex, which is made up of many different small gay bars, like “Cafe Dalida and “Secret Garden, as well as lots of gay cafes and terraces. This is the best place to head to first. Other gay bars near the Red House Complex include “Hero“, “Hunt“, “Goldfish” and the “Commander D” fetish bar.

In the East of Taipei, there are a few more gay places worth checking out, like the gay restaurant “Abrazo Bistro” and the gay bar, “Fairy” which has cool events like “No Pants Day”!

In terms of gay clubs, “Gstar” and “Cercle are the best. I also recommend the monthly queer party called “BLUSH“.

What are the best gay events in Taiwan?

The main gay event in Taiwan is Taipei Pride, which takes place on the last Saturday in October. As I said earlier, it's famous for being the largest pride event in the whole of Asia. Each year it grows bigger and bigger. The 2018 Pride had a record turnout of almost 150,000 people!

Some of the best gay parties of Taiwan happen during Taipei Pride. The two main ones are the “WOOW Pool Party” and the “Formusa Pride Party“. The Mr Gay Taiwan final also takes place during Pride at the Ximen Red House Complex.

New Years Eve is another time when you will find big gay parties taking place around the gay scene of Taipei. The Ximen Red House has an official countdown, which then turns into a really fun gay street party.

Taipei Pride: the largest gay pride event in all of Asia!
Where would you take a date for a romantic weekend in Taiwan?

I would take him to the Taroko Gorge National Park on the East coast of Taiwan. It's absolutely stunning! I love coming on weekends for hiking around Mount Nanhu (3,742m / 12,277ft high) and the Eternal Spring Shine Monastery. Also, around 80% of Taiwan's animal species can be found here, including the Formosan black bear and Formosan rock macaque.

Another place I love in Taiwan which is special for me is the Yilan province. The area around Yilan city is famous for its hot springs, waterfalls, beaches and natural scenery. I also love Yilan because in the evening, it has the best night market called “Luodong”. The atmosphere here is always electric – full of people and so exciting! It's also the best place to try tasty Taiwanese street food like tapioca desserts, braised meats and Dragon Phoenix rolls.

The stunning gorge of the Taroko National Park
And finally, what's this about Taiwan having a gay rabbit god?!

You're thinking of “Tu'er Shan” (兔兒神), also known as the Rabbit God (兔神). He is the Taoist matchmaker God for homosexual relations and the god of homosexual love!

In 2006, Lu Wei-ming founded a temple to honour our gay Rabbit God. The Wei-ming Temple is located in the Yonghe District of New Taipei City. Every year, around 9,000 gay pilgrims visit to honour Tu'er Shan, pray for happiness and to find a suitable partner! It's also a popular place for gay weddings. As far as I'm aware, the Wei-ming Temple is the only gay religious shrine in the world.

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Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is one of the hottest gay destinations. Over the past few decades it has become a popular draw for gay men, particularly expats from the US and Canada. It has tons of bars, clubs, boutique shops, beach parties and events happening throughout the year.

We came for the exciting Puerto Vallarta Pride which takes place every May. It was absolutely awesome and the reason why we regard it as one of the best Pride events in Latin America.

Whether you visit Puerto Vallarta for Pride or at another time of the year, the city always seems to ooze a feeling of acceptance, tolerance and outright fabulousness!

This is our comprehensive gay guide to Puerto Vallarta featuring all the best gay places to hangout, hotels to stay, events, things to do and loads more.

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Gay rights in Puerto Vallarta

Mexico has some pretty progressive LGBTQ laws. Homosexuality was decriminalised as early as 1871 during its brief French occupation, and a wide range of anti-discrimination laws were introduced in 2003. It's also slowly heading towards full gay marriage equality.

In relation to the Jalisco Province, where Puerto Vallarta is based, gay marriage was legalised in March 2016 following an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Mexico that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. As a result, the offending law was quickly revoked and as of 20 April 2016, gay weddings were allowed to take place.

Since this date, Puerto Vallarta has quickly become one of the most popular gay marriage destinations.

Asserting our rights in Puerto Vallarta!
Gay travel in Puerto Vallarta

We found Puerto Vallarta to be very relaxed and very gay friendly, particularly in the “Zona Romantica” Old Town, which is the heart of the city's gay scene. We felt super comfortable walking the streets holding hands here.

We never had any problems booking double beds in (non-gay!) hotels here. Locals are incredibly welcoming and clearly accustomed to seeing gay guys.

Gay travellers may want to schedule their trip to coincide with Puerto Vallarta Pride, which takes place in May. Though anytime of the year is always going to be a lot of fun in Puerto Vallarta.

And that's before we've even mentioned all the pretty local guys…

Landing in Puerto Vallarta soon?

Arriving at a new place can be stressful, and the last thing you want is to be worrying about getting from the airport to your accommodation without getting lost or ripped off. Book a private transfer from Puerto Vallarta airport so you'll be totally ready to have fun partying in the gay clubs after your relaxing ride with an English-speaking driver.

Cheers to you too mate!
The gay neighbourhood of Puerto Vallarta

Zona Romantica is the main gay area of Puerto Vallarta, the old town area that is most popular with expats and travellers. Since the 1980s many gay expats from Canada and the USA starting retiring here, buying up land and creating gay friendly businesses.

The “Playa de los Muertos” is the main gay beach of Puerto Vallarta. It has a handful of gay beach clubs and pool parties happening during the day and events in the evening.

Zona Romantica during Puerto Vallarta Pride!
Gay hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Over the last few decades, LGBTQ tourism to Puerto Vallarta has increased so much that today you are spoilt for choice with regards to gay hotels to choose from. These are some of our favourite gay hotels in Puerto Vallarta, where you are guaranteed to have a fabulous time:

01

Casa Cupula Luxury LGBT Boutique Hotel

Why we love it

  • Adults-only gay hotel close to the beach
  • Two swimming pools, one clothing optional
  • Weekly gay pool parties!
  • Luxurious spa and gym

Casa Cupula is an incredibly luxurious gay boutique hotel that only caters to adult guests.

The rooms are really spacious. Bonus tip: splurge and get a suite, which has a private hot tub with a stunning ocean view. We can't imagine anything more romantic than this.

The views from the hotel look out over the jungle and ocean, but you're only a short walk away from the “Playa de los Muertos” gay beach. If you don't feel like leaving the hotel there are two swimming pools on site, one of which is clothing optional. They also host weekly gay pool parties featuring GoGo dancers and DJs from CC Slaughters Nightclub.

The Taste restaurant is famous for its brunch. It includes a mix of American and traditional Mexican food. Casa Cupula also has a bar to enjoy a few cocktail as you watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. We love the wide assortment of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments available in the hotel's spa. The gym is huge with really modern equipment (and also get quite cruisy in the evening!)

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02

Almar Resort Luxury LGBT Beach Front Experience

Why we love it

  • Adults-only LGBT resort on the beach
  • Beach club with infinity pools and Balinese beds
  • Rooftop Sky Bar with hot tubs
  • Lots of fun activities and events

Located right on the Playa de los Muertos gay beach is this extensive LGBT resort with so much to offer.

Almar Resort is an adults-only resort for LGBTQ travellers (it's also straight friendly) which includes the famous Mantamar gay beach club.

The rooms and suites are incredibly spacious, often with a private balcony overlooking the sea. But the real draw-card here is the incredible Mantamar Beach Club with its infinity pools, pool bar, cabanas, Balinese-style beds, restaurant and regular gay parties!

This is the perfect place to stay if you want an action-packed gay holiday. As well as all the fun you can have at the beach club, Almar Resort also offers yoga, diving, volleyball and can arrange tours of the area. The rooftop sky bar is also a cool place to chill or grab a bite to eat.

Must do: the secluded Caletas Beach Paradise

For a truly romantic and secluded experience, join a private tour to the Las Caletas Beach. Only accessible by sea you'll be able to swim, snorkel, relax in hammocks, visit an orchid garden and even be pampered at the spa.

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03

Hotel Mercurio

Why we love it

  • In the heart of the gay neighbourhood
  • Swimming pool and pool bar with regular events
  • Buffet breakfast included
  • Adults-only gay hotel

For a fabulous time without the hefty price tag, gay-owned Mercurio Hotel is the place to go.

Located in the heart of the gay neighbourhood of Zona Romantica and a five-minute walk from the beach is this comfortable hotel with super friendly staff.

We love the little details here, like the fact that the buffet breakfast (which is included in your rates) can be upgraded to breakfast in bed. Even though this is a mid-range option the staff are very attentive and you'll even receive a welcome gift of drink vouchers, fresh fruit and chocolate.

The swimming pool is open 24 hours a day and the pool bar is open late. On Sundays, the pool is also the location of the popular Beers, Boys and Burgers pool party. Both guests and locals alike come here to enjoy unlimited beers and burgers at a fixed price.

Discover the historic town of San Sebastián

Join a day tour from Puerto Vallarta to the historic town of San Sebastián and explore the pretty streets. You'll also get to visit a traditional coffee hacienda, taste homemade tequila and have lunch in a family-owned restaurant.

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04

Piñata PV Gay Hotel

Why we love it

  • Male-only gay hotel
  • Clothing optional pool and hot tub
  • Lovely gay owners
  • Regular male-only pool parties

Piñata PV Hotel is a very unique choice if you're looking for a nice hotel with private rooms but also the option to attend some incredibly fun gay pool parties.

This is an exclusively male-only, adults-only gay hotel with really cool decor and a fun vibe throughout.

We love the quirky, colourful signs to be found all over the exposed brick of Piñata. The hotel is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta's gay neighbourhood and minutes walking distance from the gay beach. Rooms are big and clean, with private bathrooms.

Piñata's swimming pool and hot tub is the location of the awesome weekly gay pool parties. There's also a good gym on site, as well as a popular steam room, which gets quite cruisy later in the evening! Piñata is the perfect option for solo travellers looking for an affordable place to stay and where you will definitely make lots of new friends.

Gay hostels and guesthouses in Puerto Vallarta

If you are travelling on a budget to Puerto Vallarta there are a variety of gay hostels and guesthouses to choose from. These are our favourite gay hostel and guesthouse choices in Puerto Vallarta:

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Jet's Gay Hostel

Why we love it

  • Stylish and comfortable hostel
  • Exclusively for young gay travellers
  • Walking distance to the gay neighbourhood
  • Excellent budget choice

Jet's is famous for being Puerto Vallarta's first gay hostel. It is inspired by the gay hostels of Berlin and the capsule hotels popular in Tokyo.

Even though this is a budget choice Jet's Hostel is very clean, stylish and comfortable. We love those quirky mannequin lights!

The bunk beds come with very comfy memory foam mattresses and privacy curtains. The shared bathrooms feature rain showerheads. Shared areas include a nice lounge with board games so you can relax and meet other travellers. The kitchen is pretty basic but there's a nice coffee shop next door.

Jet's has a strict 18-35 age policy so that they can provide affordable accommodation for gay youth and students travelling in the area. The owner of Jet's also owns a tour company, so guests of the hostel can take advantage of discounts for exploring the area.

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Garlands Del Rio

Why we love it

  • Beautifully restored Vallartan property
  • Gorgeous unique rooms
  • Lovely swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi on the river deck

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Are you wondering where the best place in Argentina is to find young, gay Argentinian boys? Well, the answer is Córdoba! The city is famous for having Argentina's oldest university and as a result, there is a large student population which means a vibrant nightlife including a small but exciting gay scene.

Córdoba has it all: a busy nightlife, a rich history, a beautiful architecture and very attractive Argentinian men!

As well as the nightlife, Córdoba offers plenty of beautiful architecture, particularly the many religious buildings such as the popular Cathedral of Córdoba. Another popular sight is the Jesuit Block, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the old headquarters of the university, the National School of Monserrat and the Domestic Chapel.

Cordoba has a decent offering of gay friendly accommodations. Having spent a few months travelling across the country, we had ample time sampling the best places to stay in Cordoba. Here's our roundup of our 5 favourite gay friendly hotels to stay in Córdoba, for all budgets.

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Free fast WiFi is available at most hotels, cafes and restaurants in Córdoba, although you might need to ask for a password. If you know you will be needing to use a lot of bandwidth during your trip, pre-order a local SIM card.

Where to stay in Córdoba

Córdoba is the second most populous city in Argentina after Buenos Aires and is located on the banks of the Suquía River. There's no metro system as of yet, but you will be able to get around the city easily using buses or trolleybuses. Here's a quick summary to the best gay friendly neighbourhoods to stay in.

  • Güemes: Güemes is our favourite gay friendly neighbourhood, it's bohemian and lively with a more alternative nightlife scene than the city centre. This is where you will find the majority of Córdoba's gay bars, discos and clubs as well as a craft fair (The Paseo de las Artes) during the daytime. If you want to be right in the heart of the gay area in Córdoba, stay at the lovely Windsor Hotel & Tower.
  • Nueva Córdoba: Nueva Córdoba is the most modern and fashionable part of the city, filled with antique stores, design and art shops. It's right next to the historical centre, so you will be able to visit the many museums such as the Ferreyra Palace or “Museum of Evita”. Yrigoyen 111 is our favourite gay friendly hotel to stay in Nueva Córdoba.
  • City centre: The historic city centre of Córdoba is where you will find the majority of the city's tourist attractions. This is a great area to stay in if you want to be close to all the beautiful colonial architecture and feel the history of Córdoba. It's also easy to get to other parts of the city from here with public transport. Azur Real is a sexy gay friendly boutique hotel to stay in the centre.
  • Alberdi: For something a little different you may like to stay in the more traditional neighbourhood of Alberdi. There are some interesting sights here and it's also a great option if you want to be away from the noisy centre but still be able to easily enjoy the cultural heritage. You can easily get from Alberdi to other parts of Córdoba by bus or a quick Uber ride. For a relaxing stay with great views, we love the gay friendly Sheraton Córdoba.
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Azur Real Hotel

City Centre

Ultimate romance and luxury at Azur Real!

Why we love it

  • Wine and cheese every night
  • The deluxe suites come with a hot-tub
  • Beautiful rooftop terrace with Jacuzzi
  • Gorgeous modern decor

We simply loved our stay at Azur Real and never wanted to leave! In our opinion it's one of the best gay friendly boutique hotels we've experienced in Argentina.

Located within walking-distance of the historic centre, Azur Real is almost hidden on a busy street but once you go inside you find yourself in a little haven of contemporary design.

There are so many little details and extras to love here, like the free tastings of wine and cheese every night, the hotel's signature scent in all the toiletries and the complimentary spa (you just have to book)! The rooftop terrace is delightful for relaxing in the sun or having a romantic evening cocktail.

We particularly loved the decor and open-plan areas of the hotel, with lots of wood, exposed brick and leafy plants. The buffet breakfast is delicious and the staff are so helpful.

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Windsor Hotel & Tower

Güemes

The Windsor Hotel is right in the heart of Córdoba's most beautiful historic area.

Why we love it

  • Heated rooftop swimming pool and terrace
  • Close to the gay scene and historic landmarks
  • Wellness centre and gym
  • Excellent restaurant

The Windsor Hotel and Tower is in a great location right on the edge of the border between Güemes and the city centre. This means you are close to both the gay scene AND the main historical attractions!

Not only is the location very convenient but the Windsor is also a luxurious place to stay with marbled interiors and city views from every room.

On the seventh-floor terrace, you'll find a gorgeous outdoor pool and lots of seating with views across Córdoba. The well-equipped gym looks out over the pool and there's also a sauna and spa with many options for pampering.

On-site restaurant, Sibaris (often called the best restaurant in Córdoba) serves delicious steaks, homemade pasta, mouthwatering desserts and, of course, the best Argentinian wines. We love that you can even choose your pillow from five different varieties when staying here!

Gay travel guide to Córdoba

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Sheraton Córdoba

Alberdi

Rooftop pool? Yes, please!

Why we love it

  • Awesome rooftop pool
  • Stunning views of the city
  • Many business amenities if needed
  • Cocktail bar with live piano

If you want to stay in a quieter part of the city then the Sheraton Córdoba is an excellent gay friendly option in the traditional neighbourhood of Alberdi.

The hotel tower boasts impressive views over the city which you can enjoy from the rooftop pool as well as the on-site restaurant, cocktail bar and rooms.

The Sheraton is an excellent choice if you have any work to do while travelling since it provides a business centre with fax, scanning and photocopying services. But don't worry, you'll still have plenty of opportunities to relax as well!

There's a fitness centre and pool, of course, as well as a solarium, sauna and massage services. Almost directly next door is a big mall for shopping and you will easily be able to get into the city centre by taxi, Uber or bus.

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Yrigoyen 111 Hotel

Nueva Cordoba

Enjoy a dip in the pool with a stunning view of sunset over Córdoba.

Why we love it

  • Great location
  • Luxurious spa
  • Rooftop pool and gym
  • Yummy breakfast

The Yrigoyen 111 Hotel is in a great location in downtown Córdoba, close to shopping, restaurants and the major sights.

In a fully renovated and updated traditional mansion of Nueva Córdoba, you will step into luxury and class. The building was restored in order to preserve its cultural heritage but is still very classy and modern.

There are a range of room and suite options, some very affordable going all the way up to the gorgeous presidential suite. We love the design and decor of this gay frienldy hotel, with lots of warm woodsy tones and splashes of colour.

The rooftop pool is small but features beautiful views. The gym and spa are also located up here, so you can work out with a view or just treat yourself to a relaxing massage. The 1906 Lounge Bar is particularly chic and cosy, while the daily breakfast is delicious.

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531 Hostel

City Centre

The cute balcony windows make the rooms at 531 Hostel so romantic!

Why we love it

  • Good budget option
  • Close to main attractions
  • Free delicious breakfast
  • Cute balcony windows in some rooms

If you're travelling on a budget but still want to be close to everything Córdoba has to offer then we think 531 Hostel is a great gay friendly hostel.

The location of 531 is perfect for walking around the city and while you will be able to socialise and make friends it's not a crazy party hostel. Even the dormitory rooms are cosy, with only six beds per room.

Couples are sure to enjoy the cute private rooms with double bed and those romantic balcony windows! We also love the cool colours and decor throughout the shared spaces; like the kitchen, patios, lounge, bar and games room.

A basic free breakfast is included and the staff are helpful, friendly and willing to organise local tours. The rooftop terrace is a particularly nice spot to relax or socialise.

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⭐️ TRAVEL INSURANCE — We recommend you always take out travel insurance before your next vacation. What happens if you suffer from illness, injury, theft or a cancellation? With travel insurance, you can have peace of mind and not worry. We love World Nomads travel insurance and have been using it for years. Their comprehensive coverage is second to none and their online claims process is very user friendly.

⭐️ SAFETY & SECURITY — All travelers (gay or not) can sometimes encounter danger when traveling. CloseCircle is your “virtual body guard” mobile app which provides security alerts and support wherever you are in the world. They have a 24/7 emergency response team monitoring their users who will contact you immediately if the SOS swipe button is activated. Support can include anything from practical advice, to free evacuation from areas with extreme weather or security risks. You can read more about CloseCircle in our article about how to stay safe whilst traveling.

⭐️ ONLINE ANONYMITY — A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must in many countries: it allows you to surf anonymously and maintain your privacy whilst traveling. You'll particularly need it in countries where gay dating apps are blocked by the government. We recommend ExpressVPN, a reliable and cost effective service which we used and loved during our travels.

⭐️ HOTELS or APARTMENTS — When we plan a trip, we always look for the best hotel deals. We love Booking.com because not only do they have a comprehensive listing of accommodation options, they also offer the best prices. Added bonus: they provide 24/7 support and free cancellation for most listings.

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Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina. All those different Malbecs you tried at your favourite parilla in Buenos Aires (ours was Nicasia) were produced right here.

The region around Mendoza is the largest wine-producing area in Latin America and recognised as one of the wine capitals of the world. Most visitors head here for a wine pilgrimage, visiting the many bodegas and do lots of wine tasting. The city also has a small gay scene worth checking out but for us the real highlight was cycling around the beautiful countryside of Mendoza going from one bodega to another.

“For us, the real highlight was cycling around the beautiful countryside of Mendoza going from one bodega to another and sampling the delicous wines…”


If you're heading to Mendoza in February/March, be sure to check out the “Vendimia” grape harvesting festival. The city also has a gay festival alongside the Vendimia, which is one of the largest LGBTQ events in Argentina after Buenos Aires Pride. Check out Mendoza Tourism's Facebook page for the latest information about it.

There are a variety of different accommodation options in and around Mendoza, with most places being friendly and relaxed towards gay travellers. Atfer spending 2 weeks in the wine region of Argentina, we've put together in this post our favourite gay hotels in Mendoza, which we found to be welcoming towards us as a gay couple and were clearly used to hosting LGBTQ travellers.

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The most convenient way to get from the airport to the city center is via private transfer. You can also use the public taxis available outside the terminal but make sure you ask the driver to use the meter. Book your private transfer now to avoid queues at the airport.

Out and proud in Downtown Mendoza!
Best area to stay in Mendoza

Mendoza isn't huge, which makes it pretty easy to choose the area you'd most like to stay. For us it came down to deciding whether we'd base ourselves in downtown or in the surrounding countryside:

  • Downtown Mendoza: if you want to be in the heart of the action, close to restaurants and the nightlife then you'll want to stay in the downtown area of Mendoza city. It's easy to get around the city by foot and you can take a tour to the wineries in the surrounding countryside.
  • Countryside of Mendoza: if you're looking for a more romantic stay and really want to experience the wine country of Mendoza, then you should choose one of the gorgeous wine hotels located outside the city, in Lujan de Cuyo or further in the Uco Valley. Here you'll really be able to relax and enjoy plenty of wine tasting.
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Entre Cielos Luxury Wine Hotel & Spa

in Lujan de Cuyo

Views over the pool and private vineyard of Entre Cielos

Why we love it

  • Quirky vineyard loft on stilts
  • Luxurious hammam
  • Jacuzzi and pool with Andes views
  • Modern Argentinean cuisine

Entre Cielos is our favourite place to stay in Mendoza. It is a luxury boutique hotel that effortlessly mixes solitude and sophistication.

Set within 20 acres of Malbec vineyards, you can stay in one of their luxurious suites like we did or even in the unique and exclusive loft-on-stilts private cabin which sits right in the middle of the hotel's vineyards!

The outdoor pool features comfy lounges and a romantic bed for two, perfect for relaxing poolside and enjoying views of the snowcapped Andes mountains.

Entre Cielos is also home to Argentina's first authentic Turkish hammam. We especially loved their grape-based treatments and the decadent Cleopatra and Sultan experiences which include hammam pool time, oil massages and delicious treats.

The on-site bistro serves traditional Argentinean food with a modern twist, and of course you will need to try their exclusive wine, the Gran Marantal, either during your meal or on one of their tasting tours.

Hotel staff can organise horse-riding through the vineyards as well as other excursions nearby. This is definitely a romantic place to relax with your loved one and indulge!

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Villa Mansa Wine Hotel

in Lujan de Cuyo

Soaking up the sun at Villa Mansa wine hotel

Why we love it

  • Cuvée suites look like giant wine barrels!
  • Bike rental available
  • Lovely pool and garden area
  • Easy to organise local winery tours

For something a little less expensive but just as charming, we highly recommend our stay at the Villa Mansa Wine Hotel.

With only around twelve rooms/suites, this place feels very intimate and homey, and is a lovely place to relax.

Rooms are bright and airy, with colourful decor and many featuring balconies over the leafy garden. There are even Cavée suites which look like giant wine barrels and come with a private Jacuzzi.

There's a small spa, so you can still enjoy some pampering including massages, sauna and a Scottish shower. The hotel staff are happy to help you book tours of nearby vineyards, and there are two cute dogs on the property who like to get pats from guests.

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Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, avoiding any nasty surprises when you check in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off your first booking.

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The Vines Resort and Spa

in the Uco Valley

Relax by the pool and enjoy stunning views of the Andes at the Vines

Why we love it

  • Pool-side restaurant terrace
  • ‘Floating' gym with amazing views
  • Romantic luxury villas
  • Blend your own wine!

The Vines Resort and Spa is a truly gorgeous place to relax, but there's also so much to do here!

The decor is rustic-chic; think stone walls and earthy tones with touches of luxury and, of course, breathtaking views of the Andes mountains.

We love the romantic luxury villas, some with fireplaces and terraces. You will be able to swim in the temperature-regulated outdoor pool, relax in a poolside cabana or eat on the restaurant's terrace next to the pool.

The state-of-the-art gym is in a building on stilts and seems to float above the vines. You can work out on the deck and enjoy the breathtaking views, and there's even the option for outdoor classes – sunrise yoga anyone?

Adventurous types might like to go galloping on horseback through the vineyard with authentic Argentine gauchos, fly-fishing nearby or learn the art of wine-making by blending your own wine in the winery!

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Park Hyatt

Downtown Mendoza

The beautiful terrace at the Park Hyatt

Why we love it

  • Excellent location in the city
  • Gorgeous colonial building
  • On-site casino and spa
  • Secluded pool and Japanese garden

If you're after luxury in the heart of Mendoza city then the Park Hyatt is the place to go.

The hotel is in a beautifully restored 19th-century Spanish colonial building, which has been updated with all the mod-cons.

Rooms and suites are contemporary, elegant and spacious; with lovely wood features and rich colours throughout.

You can choose from a variety of wellness options in the Kauna Club and Spa, including spa packages specifically for men. We love that their skincare range is derived from Mendoza's wines!

Visitors always rave about the friendly and helpful staff, who are happy to help you book wine tours and activities in the area. There's a two-level casino with a cool bar, and if you travel with a doggy friend you'll be happy to know the hotel is pet-friendly.

Don't miss out on relaxing by the pool and enjoying the secluded Japanese-style garden, as well as dining in the three hotel restaurants.

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Chill Inn Hostel

Downtown Mendoza

Chill Inn is clean, cosy and in the heart of the action!

Why we love it

  • Great budget option
  • Convenient location
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Breakfast included

For a more budget-conscious option we love the Chill Inn Hostel, located right in the heart of Mendoza city near the best bars and restaurants.

You'll be in walking distance of the major sights as well as amenities like supermarkets and cafes.

The Chill Inn is perfect if you want to make new friends as there's a shared kitchen as well as a fun games room and a pool with barbecue area.

The staff are friendly and ‘chill'; and on-hand to help you book winery tours or just give recommendations for the area.

You can choose from mixed or single-gender dorms as well as private rooms with shared or private bathroom. If you're looking to party and socialise in Mendoza without breaking the bank, then The Chill Inn is the place for you!

OUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL TIPS

⭐️ TRAVEL INSURANCE — We recommend you always take out travel insurance before your next vacation. What happens if you suffer from illness, injury, theft or a cancellation? With travel insurance, you can have peace of mind and not worry. We love World Nomads travel insurance and have been using it for years. Their comprehensive coverage is second to none and their online claims process is very user friendly.

⭐️ SAFETY & SECURITY — All travelers (gay or not) can sometimes encounter danger when traveling. CloseCircle is your “virtual body guard” mobile app which provides security alerts and support wherever you are in the world. They have a 24/7 emergency response team monitoring their users who will contact you immediately if the SOS swipe button is activated. Support can include anything from practical advice, to free evacuation from areas with extreme weather or security risks. You can read more about CloseCircle in our article about how to stay safe whilst traveling.

⭐️ ONLINE ANONYMITY — A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a must in many countries: it allows you to surf anonymously and maintain your privacy whilst traveling. You'll particularly need it in countries where gay dating apps are blocked by the government. We recommend ExpressVPN, a reliable and cost effective service which we used and loved during our travels.

⭐️ HOTELS or APARTMENTS — When we plan a trip, we always look for the best hotel deals. We love Booking.com because not only do they have a comprehensive listing of accommodation options, they also offer the best prices. Added bonus: they provide 24/7 support and free cancellation for most listings.

⭐️ SIGHTSEEING and ADVENTURES — When we travel somewhere, we like to seek out the best experiences, whether it is cooking with locals in Bangkok, hiking on a glacier in Patagonia, or going on a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka. Our favorite place to look is GetYourGuide because they have over 30,000 highly rated activities, a user-friendly booking process with free cancellation and a 24 hour customer support.

This article contains affiliate links. If you click on them, we may receive compensation which keeps our website alive and helps us bring you to more destinations.

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Buenos Aires is home to one of the best gay scenes of South America. It's massive, spread mainly across Palermo and other neighbourhoods like San Telmo and Recoleta. There are gay hangouts to suit everyone, whether you're into bears, twinks, tango, want to watch a drag show or just a place to chill and jiggy to a bit of Kylie and Madonna.

What constitutes a “gay bar” is a bit blurred in Buenos Aires because here they don't go out till late and most bars/cafes double up as dancing venues. Remember, this is a culture where dinner time is from 9pm, so don't even think about heading to a bar until after 11pm and to a club until around 2am!

For this list, we've also included clubs, gay milongas (tango halls), restobars and cafes – basically our favourite gay hangouts that we loved going to each time we visited Buenos Aires.

Where is the gay scene of Buenos Aires?

The main gay area of Buenos Aires is in Palermo, where the majority of the main LGBTQ hangouts can be found like Pepo Pepona, Sitges, Work, Jungle and Peuteo.

You can also find pockets of fabulousness in the affluent Recoleta neighbourhood where the Contramano bear club is, as well as the more pop/twink Glam disco.

Our personal favourite neighbourhood of Buenos Aires is San Telmo, where you can find the famous Sunday market and the excellent Pride gay cafe. San Telmo is also the traditional tango heart of the city, with some of the best milongas, including a few queer ones, which we've included in this list.

Sitges Bar in Palermo

If you're in Buenos Aires on a Wednesday don't miss out on WednesGAY at Sitges for the best drag show in the city! Not only will you get to see a hilarious drag performance but there's also karaoke, free pizza and entry is free if you arrive between 11pm and 1am.

Sitges is also a great place to come on a Saturday evening when it gets really busy. Crowd here is a mix of locals and foreigners of all ages.

Sitges is closed on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday it's open from 8pm to 3am. From Thursday to Sunday it's open from midnight until around 4-6am. Sitges is located at Avenida Cordoba 4119 in Palermo.

Peuteo Bar in Palermo

Peuteo is a ‘heterofriendly‘ video gay bar located in the heart of Palermo and the place to come for Ru Paul's Drag Race viewing parties.

The crowd is a mix of locals/foreigners, in their 20s, 30s and older. Most come here for a few cocktails before heading to one of the clubs. Also check out the staff: super friendly and easy on the eyes!

Peuteo is closed on Mondays and Tuesday. On all other days it's open from 9pm till around 3/4am on weekdays and until 5am on weekends. It is located at Gurruchaga 1867 in Palermo.

Work Bar in Palermo

Work is the place to come if you're into electro music. Although it's a small unassuming, industrial-looking narrow bar in the heart of Palermo, it has quickly become one of the most popular gay bars in Buenos Aires, particularly with locals.

Work is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On other days it's open from 9pm till around 5am. But be warned, although it's open from 9pm, it's doesn't get busy until after midnight. Work is located at Gurruchaga 1832 in Palermo.

One of our favourite drag shows at the Sitges gay bar
Contramano club in Recoleta

Contramano is the main bear bar of Buenos Aires and the place to come to find sexy beefy chongos – Porteño gay slang for butch manly men. We found Contramano to be super friendly and also loved the mix of music they play, which includes the best pop hits as well as Latino anthems.

The crowd tends to be more on the older side here – mainly men in their 30s/40s and older. Contramano is only open on weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from midnight until 6am. It is located on Rodriguez Peña 1082 in Recoleta.

Glam in Recoleta

Glam is a younger crowd than Contramano – a mix of twinks, students, guys in their 20s/30s, lovers of pop music and us! From all the gay clubs of Buenos Aires, this was our favourite.

Glam is divided into two main sections, one for pop/Latino music, the other more for electro. Look out for the live Go-Go dancer shows that take place throughout the night.

Glam Disco is only open on Thursday to Sunday nights from midnight until 6.30am. It is located at Cabrera 3046 in Recoleta.

Pepo Pepona restaurant in Palermo

Pepo Pepona is the most unique restaurant we've ever been to! It's a gay owned restaurant which caters to a primarily gay crowd. Our friends brought us here when we first arrived in Buenos Aires, not telling us anything. We ordered our steak, then just as we were tucking in, the waiters transformed into strippers, quickly losing all their clothes…!

The cocktails and the food is pretty good, but let's just say that's not what you're going to remember the most from this fabulous gem…only in Buenos Aires eh?!

Pepo Pepona is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and on other days it is open for dinner and drinks from 7.30pm until 4am. We highly advise calling to reserve a table beforehand as it gets very busy. Pepo Pepona is located at José Antonio Cabrera 4014 in Palermo.

One of the “waiters” at the Pepo Pepino gay restaurant
Tango Queer at Buenos Aires Club in San Telmo

At its inception in the late 1800s, the tango was a dance between two men. Whilst its queer origins may have been lost over time, there has been a renaissance of same-sex tango over the last few decades, culminating with a queer tango festival in November.

Tango Queer is one of the best gay milongas (gay tango halls) in Buenos Aires. We came here on a Tuesday evening to try out their lessons, which then turned into free-style dancing, followed by a show. You cannot come to Buenos Aires and not do a gay tango class. It's romantic as well as an excellent way to meet friends.

Gay tango classes at Tango Queer take place every Tuesday at 8pm and are for all levels, including outright beginners, which we were when we first went! Tango Queer takes places at the Maldita Milonga at Perú 571 in San Telmo.

La Marshall Milonga in Villa Crespo

La Marshall is another excellent gay milonga in Buenos Aires worth checking out. If you miss the Tuesday class of Tango Queer, you can come to this one on a Wednesday evening.

Like Tango Queer, La Marshall follows the same format: classes from 8:30pm followed by free-style dancing from around 10pm, and then a show later on in the evening.

La Marshall Milonga is located at Yatay 961 in Villa Crespo.

Pride Cafe in San Telmo

We love hanging out at Pride Cafe. It's not only in our favourite part of Buenos Aires (in San Telmo), the food and cocktails are always a treat – especially their delicious dulce de leche chocolate brownies!

One of the highlights of Buenos Aires is the Sunday San Telmo market, which we highly recommend. Pride is right by the market, which makes it the ideal place to come for a coffee after shopping, or for Sunday brunch.

Pride is open everyday from morning until 8pm and is located at Balcarce 869 in San Telmo.

The dulce de leche brownie at Pride Cafe is legendary! 
Jungle Bar in Palermo

Jungle Bar is an exceptionally cool space that flies a little under the radar. It's decorated to look like a jungle, with plants and green lights everywhere. It also features a trendy cocktail bar on one level and a darkroom on another. The crowd is mixed with all ages.

Jungle Bar is closed on Mondays/Tuesdays. On other days it is open from 4pm until 4am (on Sundays until midnight). It is located at Avenida Honduras 4184 between Gáscon and Av. Acuña de Figueroa.

Km Zero in Recoleta

Located right by the subway station in Recoleta, KM Zero is another gay bar in Buenos Aires to come for drag shows. As a bonus, they also have Go-Go dancers and the occasional strippers.

The music ranges from electro-dance to Latin-house. It's also quite unique in that it was one of the only gay bars of Buenos Aires we found that is open every day of the week!

KM Zero is open daily from midnight until around 6am and is located at Avenida Santa Fe 2516 in Recoleta.

Amerika Club in Almagro

Amerika is the largest gay club of Buenos Aires and one of the largest in South America. After Theatron in Bogota, it was definitely the largest gay club we've been to on the continent!

Amerika is spread out over 3 floors, each with dancing areas. They have themed nights like foam parties, bear nights and more. When we went it was generally a younger crowd: guys in their 20s, but this will vary depending on the night.

Amerika takes place on weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, from midnight until around 6/7am. It is located at Gascon 1040 in Almagro.

Stefan making new friends at Amerika gay club
Flux Bar in Retiro

If you don't quite fancy heading to a gay bar at midnight and want to go somewhere for drinks early on in the evening, we recommend Flux Bar. This is a small retro cellar bar in Retiro with a range of Happy Hour and 2 For 1 offers between 7-10pm.

Flux generally has a mixed crowd, but when we visited we found more foreigners than locals – probably because the local boys like to head out much later in the evening.

Flux is open daily from 7/8pm until around 2/3am and is located at Marcelo T. de Alvear 980 in Retiro.

Casa Brandon Culture Club in Villa Crespo

How to explain Casa Brandon? Self-dubbed as a queer cultural club, many locals in Buenos Aires come here for art exhibitions and performances from LGBTQ artists.

There's a monthly party known as BRANDONgayday where diversity is celebrated and partygoers dance to live DJs. If you're looking for something a bit different, a bit cultural, with yummy food and drinks, then you might like to try out Brandon.

You'll need to check out the website schedule or Facebook page to see what's on and when. Casa Brandon is located at Luis Maria Drago 236 in Villa Crespo.

Fiesta Puerco and Fiesta Plop!

These are some of the best weekend gay parties in Buenos Aires, especially for students, twinks and their fans. Fiesta Plop takes place on Friday evenings and Fiesta Puerco on Saturdays.

Both parties have live DJs, GoGo dancers and lots of sexy young Porteño boys. The parties take place at the Teatro Vorterix (Vorterix Theatre), which is located on the corner of Frederico Lacroze and Alvarez Thomas in Palermo.

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Over the past few decades, Germany has evolved to become one of the most gay friendly countries in the world.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Schöneberg in Berlin was famous for being one of the first ever gay villages with a thriving queer culture. Sadly the LGBTQ community of Germany took a massive beating during the Nazi era, either being forced to flee or coerced into concentration camps where they were persecuted and beaten, usually to death. Fortunately, since the 1960s, the community began a great renaissance as they started to rise from the shadows, starting with the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1969.

Fast forward to today: Germany has started to reclaim its fabulous crown as one of the leading LGBTQ friendly countries in the world – a feat it once proudly held in the pre-Nazi era.

87% of Germans believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society

According to the Pew Research Center survey, 87% of Germans believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society – the second highest score in the world after Spain. In 2017, Germany legalised both gay marriage and adoption rights. In addition, it has an array of anti-discrimination laws and progressive transgender laws, making it one of the most trans-friendly countries in the world as our friend Finn Ballard explained to us.

However, there is still work to be done. Conversion therapy is still not banned in Germany and whilst the ban on gay/bi men to donate blood was lifted in 2017,we are required to have abstained from sex for a 12 month period before our blood is deemed acceptable!

One of the activists pushing for change and progression is Mr Gay Germany himself – the very affable Marcel Danner. His #blutsbruder campaign seeks to raise awareness to these issues and push for change. We sat down Marcel to tell us more about his campaign, what gay life is like in Germany and his local tips for LGBTQ travellers:

Hi Marcel, introduce yourself:

Guten tag boys! I am Marcel Danner, 30 years old, from a small village close to Heidelberg in southern Germany. After finishing my studies in Wiesbaden and in Toulouse (south France), I moved to Berlin in 2012 to study Arts and Media Administration at the Freie Universität.

I always wanted to work in cultural education to educate younger generations about the understanding and role of the arts and the media. I think it’s very important to be able to think about media critically, especially in the world we’re living in today, and the arts is an important way for everyone to connect and support each other. Now I work in Marketing for an arthouse cinema group.

I am also Mr Gay Germany 2019!

The moment Marcel became Mr Gay Germany
Tell us about your Instagram handle: @karussellfahrt_

@karussellfahrt_ is the German expression for a ride on a children’s carousel. I always used to get excited about chairoplanes, and still do! It’s such an amazing feeling to be lifted up from the ground, soaring up above everything, for that brief moment in time. People always say that life is like a rollercoaster ride, with lots of ups and downs. But life also goes on, round and round, just like a carousel.

So I say: just never give up believing in yourself. Never stop turning: be a karussell! See more in my Instagram gallery.

What was it like growing up gay in Germany?

Growing up, I was bullied a lot at school because I was feminine in my appearance and preferred hanging out with girls more than with boys. Being gay was just not an option for me then. I tried so badly to convince my classmates that they were wrong with their “accusations” towards me – they would tease me and call me a “faggot” all the time and I hated it. I became so obsessed about this that I forgot about what I really should have focused on: being myself!

I was 19 years old when I met the first gay in person in real life. This really opened my eyes and showed me that being gay is not a bad thing at all. It is reality. And it’s my reality.

Eventually I was 22 years old when I finally came out to my parents and all my friends. Overall the reaction was fine, but I did need to educate my parents a bit about gay life. For example, I remember my Dad asking me at Christmas if I would need more money because I was gay now. First, I didn’t quite understand the intention of his question but after questioning him, he explained that he was Googling “Berlin & Gay” and discovered the world of leather and other fetishes – where accessories can be quite expensive! As funny as this sounds, it showed that his mind was full of prejudices, and worst of all, not much understanding. So I sat him down and told him about HIV stigma, fetishes, bears, twinks, and of course about romantic feelings, love and sex between men.

Marcel out and proud!
Where are the best places in Germany for gay travellers to visit?

My personal favourites are: Berlin, as well as Cologne, Hamburg and Munich, each of which have large LGBTQ communities and really fun gay scenes.

Berlin is a very tempting city. It’s a pulsating, fulfilling and very queer place to be. And it's sexy. Everyone is welcome here. As John F. Kennedy said in 1963:

“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.”

John F. Kennedy

If you want to become a part of Berlin, first thing is to understand how the city works. There is no real city centre here. It’s all about the different districts and neighbourhoods that make it such a special, colourful and versatile place to be. There is something for everyone, which is why it attracts so many different people from all around the world.

For gay travellers to Germany looking for something different, one of my favourite places to visit is Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland). The mountain scenery here is spectacular and truly unique. It's perfect for hikers and has a 1,200km (746 miles) trail. In my opinion it is one of the best hiking regions of Europe. Saxon Switzerland is located in East Germany, around 1 hour away from Dresden, close to the border with the Czech Republic. If you're coming from Berlin, it's around 3 hours train ride.

Marcel Danner hiking in Saxon Switzerland in East Germany
Which are your favorite places in Berlin to go for a gay night out?

Möbel Olfe in Kreuzberg is my favourite bar. It's the first gay bar I ever went to so it will always have a special place in my heart. I love the cuddly pink fluffy bar called Roses, which is just around the corner from Möbel Olfe on Oranienstraße. Also, Bar Saint Jean in Mitte is another favourite of mine.

My favourite club is CockTail D’Amore, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month. I love the crowd that come here and they play the best music.

And of course the infamous Berghain! You cannot come to Berlin and not (try to) visit the Berghain.

What are the best ways for gay travellers to meet gay locals in Germany?

Other than on the dating apps and in the gay bars, I strongly recommend paying attention to the people you see in the U-Bahn (metro system) and other public networks. If your eyes meet, then go over and talk to them. Be interested and open-minded.

That's how I met the love of my life.

Pay attention to people, be interested and open-minded…it will always lead you on an exciting journey!
Which are the best gay events in Germany?

Pride week in all cities in Germany are a lot of fun, particularly in Berlin and Cologne. I also recommend the Carnival in Cologne and Mainz, which take place every year in February/March.

Other gay events in Germany I recommend checking out include:

  • Oktoberfest in Munich (October): the beautiful gay stand called Bräurosl at Oktoberfest has a gay event on the first Sunday of the festival. Gay guys in Lederhosen are really sexy!
  • Berlin CSD auf der Spree (July): the “Canal Pride” takes place during Berlin's Pride week. We celebrate diversity on boats sailing through the canals of the River Spree.
  • Cologne Pride (July): for me Cologne Pride is one of the best Pride events in Europe and always has something fun going on. The 2019 one for example will be the finale for the Mr Gay Europe contest.
Any underrated gay cities in Germany you recommend?

Hamburg. Everyone talks about Berlin and Cologne, but not enough about Hamburg. It's Germany's second city and has a really cool, hip gay scene in the St Georg district. SLUT Club is awesome and I love going for cocktails at Pick Up – but don't be fooled by those names, they are harmless!

Hamburg Pride takes place every July and is worth checking out. I also recommend the Hamburg Winter Pride because it's a very unique event, with lots of Christmas markets. Other gay events in Hamburg to look out for include the Bärenpaadiie XXL Hamburg bear week every January and the Hamburg Ledertreffen Leather party every August.

What was it like being crowned Mr Gay Germany?

I feel honoured and am loving every minute: I’m the representative of the LGBT+ community in Germany! I'm also really thankful because it allows me to draw attention to my #blutsbruder campaign against the absurd 12 month period of abstinence requirement imposed on gay men before we are allowed to donate blood.

I started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for my participation fee and travels to the Mr Gay World event in Cape Town. I’d be really grateful to everyone for their support and to help make #blutsbruder an international topic!

Marcel's Blutsbruder campaign as part of the Mr Gay Germany contest
And finally, have you found Mr. Right?

Yes I did! I met him on the U-Bahn in Berlin…I made him smile.

This is why I say it's so important to pay attention to everyone around you. Make them smile and they will smile back. You never know what journey this will take you on…

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Not only is Florida one of the best spots for an awesome summer vacation, but Fort Lauderdale also happens to be one of the gay capitals of the southeast coast.

A local and affordable guesthouse is one of the best ways to spend your time in Fort Lauderdale, and where better than a gay-owned or clothing optional one?

There are a number of great places to stay in and around the famous Wilton Manors, the heart of the city's gay scene. You’re spoilt for choice in terms of gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale and it can be hard to decide which one suits you best. Especially when you want to be as close as possible to Wilton Manors, but also to the popular gay beaches in the area.

So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite gay guest houses in Fort Lauderdale to help you pick the perfect spot for your next beach holiday in Florida.

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The Grand Resort and Spa

Five minutes walk from the beach, with a wonderful host of staff and a spa that’s to die for, the Grand Resort and Spa is our favourite gay guest house in Fort Lauderdale.

While it’s a little bit on the pricey side, the privacy, level of service and amenities make it an excellent place to stay for a weekend getaway or a full holiday.

With a huge choice of rooms to stay in, from a guest bedroom all the way up to the Grand Penthouse, the Grand Resort and Spa offers something to suit every budget.

The Grand Resort’s decadence extends to the all-day spa, offering everything from massages and facials, to body scrubs, grooming and nails. It’s the ideal way to unwind on your blissful summer break. You won’t be disappointed.

In addition, we love the little perks like beer, wine and champagne service; spontaneous poolside servings of scented towels; and the complimentary mimosa hour on Sundays make The Grand Resort your idyllic and pampered paradise!

Don’t forget to visit the clothing optional jacuzzi area – it’s a treat!

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Pineapple Point

Made up of six buildings on a private two-acre stretch of land, this tropical paradise, which sits a short walk from the beach, Pineapple Point is in our opinion the best luxury gay guest house in Fort Lauderdale.

One of the best known in the area, it’s earned its name through their fantastic service, sun decks, clothing optional pool areas and all-day continental breakfast.

The property is surrounded by great shopping options and fantastic restaurants, as well as the beach and some art galleries, both a short walk away.

With on-site massage and personal training to name a few, they’ve got all the amenities you need for your getaway. They also have a number of packages available for occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and just plain old treats.

Pineapple Point offers five great room options at five different price points so you can pick the perfect place to stay when you’re on your next visit to Fort Lauderdale.

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Cabanas Guesthouse

Located minutes away from Wilton Manors, Cabanas Guest House is a beautiful, lush spa and resort in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.

Known for their lovely, friendly staff; two fantastic clothing optional pools and a tiki bar with a jacuzzi next to it; Cabanas is one of the best Gay Spa resorts in Fort Lauderdale to stay at. It’s reasonably priced with a number of options for accomodation, from low to high.

With shopping, dining and the local gay nightlife just a few minutes Uber ride away in the well-known Wilton Manors, it’s a great spot to stay at if you’re looking for a a place with a good spa and close the gay scene of Wilton Manors. The Spa itself offers a range of great services from hands and feet, to facial and skincare, hair removal and various other body treatments.

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Cheston House

Cheston House is a tropical oasis situated just a few minutes walk from the beach,
Budget conscious travellers will love this place as it is the most affordable option of all the gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale.

With a served breakfast every day, and great vibe amongst the decks, Cheston House has a wonderful atmosphere perfect for relaxation and a bit of a party.

Cheston House is only a few minutes drive from Wilton Manor too, making it a nice hotspot between the beach and the gay scene of Fort Lauderdale. The rooms range from the most simple guest rooms, to a more complete apartment-style rooms with fully equipped kitchen. Most rooms are spacious and come with a place to sit down and relax just outside the front door.

With a heated, nude pool; continental breakfast and small exercise room, you’re getting everything you need for your gay vacation in Fort Lauderdale. Cheston House is quiet, quaint, uncrowded, and makes for one of the best spots to relax under the sun and unwind.

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The Worthington

The Worthington is one of the most popular, largest and well-known gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale. It’s a huge complex featuring three clothing optional pools, a fitness room, two large hot tubs and a tropical garden.

The Worthington offers a total of 63 rooms divided into three places: the Alcazar Resort, Villa Venice Resort and Worthington Guest House, each with their own clothing optional pools.

These three spaces are all connected with garden pathways, making it ery easy to get lost a in this tropical maze. If you’re looking for a place with a busy vibe and a party atmosphere, then the Worthington is the gay gueshouse you need for your vacation. However if you want some quiet and relaxing time, we recommend any of the gay gesthouses we've listed above.

The Worthington is just a five minute walk from the beach, as well as a quick uber drive over to the dining, shopping and nightlife of Wilton Manors.

You should now have a good idea of where you’d like to stay in Fort Lauderdale on your next holiday to Florida. Apart from Cheston House, all the spots we’ve mentionned in this post are gay-owned guest houses. If you still can’t decide, the Grand Resort remains our top pick, it is one of the most popular gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale, so you won’t be disappointed.

Fort Lauderdale itself is a great place for a holiday with more than enough to see and do, so if you need a few days to unwind and take it easy, you know where to go.

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Tokyo is a lot of fun! Each time we've visited, we've always had a hilarious time partying in the gay bars of Shinjuku. The city is notorious for having over 300 tiny bars crammed together into a small space centred around Shinjuku's Ni-chōme (Area 2).

In terms of finding a place to stay, Tokyo has an array of gay friendly hotels to choose from. But be warned, whilst Tokyo is not as expensive as it used to be, hotels are not the cheapest here. Despite this, we've also managed to find a few gay friendly budget options to include in this list.

Please note that while many of these hotels have lovely swimming pools and on-site spa and sauna areas, all travellers to Japan should be aware that if you have tattoos you may not be permitted in public bathing areas. While it's not likely that pools in hotels are being ‘policed', it's something to be mindful of and if you are really looking forward to swimming, maybe check the specific policy of the hotel before your trip.

These are the 10 best gay hotels in Tokyo we loved, where we had no problems getting a double bed, and where we felt welcomed as a gay couple.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo is a massive city so it can be daunting to try and figure out the best areas to stay, especially if it's your first time. These are our thoughts on the best neighbourhoods to stay in Tokyo for gay travellers.

  • Shinjuku: Shinjuku is our favourite part of Tokyo because it is the gay hub of the city! It's also considered to be a good area for tourists in general as there are lots of options for accommodation, shopping and entertainment. Being near the Shinjuku train station is especially handy since this is one of the busiest stations in the world, which means you will easily be able to get to other parts of the city from here. Shinjuku is also very close to the popular area of Shibuya where you can see the famous Shibuya crossing and have a photo with the statue of Hachiko.
  • Akasaka: the area of Akasaka is also a very convenient location when it comes to public transport links. Being nestled between the Imperial Palace and Crown Prince's residence makes it perfect if you are planning to visit these attractions as well.
  • Ginza: Ginza is Tokyo's version of Fifth Avenue in New York with many modern Western-style buildings, some of Tokyo's most upscale shopping malls and lots of top-end luxury hotels. This is the place to stay if you are looking for luxury and the ability to shop up a storm!
  • Asakusa: on the opposite scale to Ginza is the area of Asakusa which looks much more like what you might imagine ‘traditional Tokyo' to look like; before it was modernized and westernised. This is a great budget neighbourhood to stay in, especially if you'd like a quieter and more local experience. The area is also home to the National Sumo Stadium, so you may just spot chubby some sumo wrestlers during your trip!

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The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Capitol Hotel Tokyu: feeling fabulous in downtown Tokyo

Capitol Hotel Tokyu is our favourite place to stay in Tokyo. This the perfect retreat for couples or solo travellers who want to experience Japanese hospitality at its best.

Conveniently located in Akasaka, downtown Tokyo, Capitol Tokyu is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of the city.

There are 4 subway lines directly under the hotel that you can reach from the basement level. Having access directly to the Tokyo Metro made our travels around the city very easy. Capitol Tokyu has three restaurants, boasting traditional Chinese and Japanese cuisine throughout the day, with the option to dine privately. We recommend the sushi at Suiren, located on the third floor.

Our room was on the 25th floor, with a fantastic view facing the Imperial Palace and the concrete jungle below stretching as far as the eye could see.

Make sure you check out their club lounge to enjoy a drink with a view!

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Tokyu Stay Shinjuku
Tokyu Stay Shinjuku: good budget option to be close to the gay bars

If you are looking for a budget option that's still in the heart of the action then Tokyu Stay Shinjuku is perfect. It's very close to the gay bars of Shinjuku and
is located in a tower block, so the higher up your room is, the more impressive your views get.

The rooms are a minimalist’s dream, fitted with white and light-wood furnishings.

While it may not be as luxurious as some of the more expensive places, it is still impeccably clean. Most rooms include amenities like a washing machine and a dryer, a microwave or even a full kitchenette.

The Tokyu Stay Shinjuku is only a five-minute walk from Shinjuku train station and is easy walking distance from nearby attractions such as the Robot Restaurant, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and the gay scene of Shinjuku Ni-Chome.

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Keio Plaza Hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel: look out for their “Pride Packages” for LGBTQ travellers

The Keio Plaza Hotel takes its gay friendly reputation very seriously! Not only are the staff here extremely friendly and welcoming, they also offer LGBTQ travellers a “Pride Package” for their “Premier Grand” club floors.

Keio is located in a skyscraper in Shinjuku, so as well as being close to the gay scene, the rooms have impressive sweeping views across the city.

The huge tower complex boasts a fitness center, an outdoor sky-pool, a karaoke bar and a few other excellent bars. Make sure you try the Sky Lounge on the 45th floor, for the best views over Tokyo. We love the variety of restaurants, where you can choose to sample traditional Japanese dishes or even French and Italian cuisine.

Keio Plaza is also a great place to pamper yourself; with an onsite esthetic salon (where you can have facials and other treatments), beauty studio and photography studio.

For fans of Hello Kitty (like us), you can even stay in a Princess Kitty room, where everything is pink and Hello Kitty themed! And the cherry on the cake, there is a free shuttle available for guests to go to the Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt: where the Bill Murray movie “Lost In Translation” was set

Park Hyatt Tokyo is famous for being the place where the movie “Lost In Translation“ with Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray was set. As well as being an impressive movie location, this is one of Tokyo's most luxurious and romantic hotels.

Putting all Hollywood fantasies aside, the Park Hyatt is worth a visit just for the stunning city views. On a clear day, we could see the entire city skyline, all the way to Mount Fuji from our room!

The rooms at Park Hyatt Tokyo are spacious and decorated with Hokkaido wood panelling. The beds are so comfy, you will not want to leave your room!

The Park Hyatt has a large indoor pool, spa, fitness room and library. On the 52nd floor, check out their in house restaurant, the New York Grill & Bar, which offers 360-degree views. The in-house Peak Bar is also the perfect spot for a romantic evening cocktail, particularly at sunset.

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Imano Hostel
Imano Hostel: good gay friendly budget hostel in central Tokyo

We found the vibe here to be especially open-minded and gay friendly. The Imano Hostel is ideal for budget travellers looking for a cool place to crash in the middle of Tokyo.

Despite being a budget option, it also comes equipped with all the essentials like free WiFi, shower amenities, locker storage and even disposable slippers!

You can choose to stay in a male-only or female-only dorm, a private family room (with four bunks) or even a Japanese-style room (with three futon-style beds).

One of our favourite parts about the Imano Hostel is the coffee shop, where there's always a cool, chilled vibe with a mix of travellers and locals. Each floor also has a lounge area if you need to relax and not on a bunk. The friendly staff organise regular parties and happy hour in the café/bar.

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Hyatt Regency Tokyo
The Hyatt Regency: not a bad place to nurse a Shinjuku hangover!

Our room here was the lap of luxury, with a stunning view of Tokyo. It's so lush that it makes you feel like you never want to leave Japan. As a massive bonus, this is an excellent base in the city, close to the main gay bars of Shinjuku.

There are seven on-site restaurants, including ‘Cuisine[s] Michel Troisgros', the Japanese location for the 3 Michelin starred restaurant in France.

We loved the penthouse wellness sanctuary with its indoor pool under a skylight roof, the on-site fitness centre and the Joule Spa and Wellness facilities. The spa has a range of relaxing options available such as hot stone massages, facials and luxurious packages for when you want to feel really pampered!

The concierge was on hand to assist with mapping out an itinerary for us, which was useful when looking for ideas and inspiration on where to head outside the city.

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Wired Hotel
Wired Hotel: gorgeous design hotel

Of all of the gay friendly accommodations we experienced in Tokyo, Wired Hotel may have been the most unique. The architecture and design of the place is the first thing that caught our eye.

In addition, we loved the vibrant atmosphere on the ground floor where the hotel hosts community events in the café Zakbaran.

When it comes to sleeping, there is a wide range of rooms and options, as Wired is part hotel, part hostel. There are gorgeous penthouse rooms, hostel-style dorms and almost everything in between!

Due to the intimate nature of the place, we felt right at home and very welcome as a gay couple. We also loved the neighbourhood where the Wired Hotel is located because it's very residential, giving us a glimpse into local life away from the tourist hordes.

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City Hotel Lonestar
City Hotel Lonestar: not the best, but good basic budget gay friendly option

This three-star hotel makes our list of gay hotels in Tokyo due to its affordable pricing and generally friendly nature. The rooms here are simple, but if you're looking for a place with all the essentials in a great location in Tokyo, look no further.

City Hotel Lonestar might seem pretty basic but if all you want is a clean and cosy place to rest your head then it's perfect, especially for budget counscious travellers who may not want to stay in a hostel.

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