PHOTOS: The Top Ten Gay Beaches in the World

Manuel Antonio: Playita

Once popular with nudists, the recent opening of a luxury hotel has chased all but the bravest nudists away (NOTE: nudity is illegal in Costa Rica). Still it remains a popular gay beach, and some of the swimwear here leaves little for the imagination anyway. Cruising is at the north end, but beware police cracking down on nudity. Make sure you check the tides chart or you will be stranded there until low tide, maybe even in your birthday suit.

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  • Chad

    No Herring Cove in Ptown?!

  • Anonymous

    No mention of Mykonos, SItges or Barcelona?

  • Anonymous

    What about Playa del Inglés in Gran Canaria?

  • Anonymous


    I must repost it!!! 😛

  • Anonymous

    The common problem with all those beaches? Too crowded. I prefer somewhere like Blooming Point on Prince Edward Island. Miles of red sand/dunes with few people.

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  • Anonymous

    elia beach in mykonos is one of the best!

  • Anonymous

    whoever wrote the articlke about “best gay beaches” in the world, really didnt research it enough. How can he leave out such great gay and nude beaches in Toronto, and Sandy Hook, NJ, Blacks beach in San Diego, and Hollywood beach in Chicago (not nude, just a ton of fun !)

  • Anonymous

    You should really add Florianopolis, Brazil to this list.

  • Anonymous

    Well if we are adding to the list and looking for somthing not crowded look into St.Barth’s French wWest Indies as a best bet. There Are two nude beaches one is very private and both are super sexy!

  • Anonymous

    The gay nude beach in Sitges, Spain near Barcelona is HOT!! as is the gay beach of Playa Ingles/Maspalomas Gran Canaria Spain

  • Anonymous

    I will be putting this dazzling isnhigt to good use in no time.

  • Anonymous

    I think this writer has missed the North American West Coast entirely, from Wrecks Beach in Vancouver, BC (mixed, but nude/pot/gay friendly) down to Blacks Beach in San Diego (save energy for the hike back up, and Laguna’s West Street Beach, and Los Angeles’ Will Rogers (aka Ginger Rogers) Beach, and up the coast…

  • Anonymous

    Can’t believe the Saugatuck Dunes aren’t in here!

  • Ryan

    There is no gay beach in Cancun. 

  • Ragelcp

    Bad information what about Ibiza ,Sitges in Barcelona and the best Maspalomas In the Canary Islands all in Spain

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