Top gay winter getaways

Bask in the sun and be warm this winter

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: November 14, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style

Our QLiving’s Print Exclusive feature this issue highlights some of the great gay and lesbian cruises and winter resort getaways offered by vacation companies like Olivia and Atlantis Events. If cruises aren’t your thing, or you prefer the relaxed environment of a personally-planned vacation, there are plenty of opportunities around the globe. Here are some of our favorite gay getaways to keep you warm and feeling bright during the winter months.

Sydney’s Gay Mardi Gras Parade. Photo Credit: Ann-Marie Calilhanna for ACON, acon_online, via Flickr.

Sydney’s Gay Mardi Gras Parade. Photo Credit: Ann-Marie Calilhanna for ACON, acon_online, via Flickr.

Sydney

It’s no secret that Australia’s largest city is a favorite among gay travelers. Thousands upon thousands flock to the city every year for Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. With a festival and parade, tons of parties and lots more to keep you busy into the wee hours of the night, Syndey’s gay scene is hopping during Mardi Gras. Get more information at www.mardigras.org.au.

São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro

Some say São Paulo is the “undiscovered gay mecca.” It’s the world’s third largest city with a gay community, party scene and nightlife rivaling any other! Full of fine dining, arts, museums, top notch shopping centers and more world-class attractions, São Paulo is also home to one of the world’s largest gay Prides.

If you want beaches and relaxation, check out Rio de Janeiro. Everyone knows about this world-renowned beach town, but you can’t really get to know the treasures it offers unless you visit!

Learn more about gay travel in Brazil at gaytravelbrazil.com.

Gay.com sets up shop at a festival in Key West. Photo Credit: Henry M. Diaz, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Gay.com sets up shop at a festival in Key West. Photo Credit: Henry M. Diaz, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

Key West

Want to stay “at home” for your vacation and avoid the hassles of international travel? Then head down to Key West, Fla., where the straight folks might just be in the minority! Home to a lively beach scene all year round, luxury accommodations and exclusively gay and lesbian events and spaces, Key West has been a favorite gay vacation destination for years. The town’s gay Business Guild and Visitor Center at www.gaykeywestfl.com can help you find the perfect places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and relax.