GayCities member picks: Your Ten Favorite Gay Beaches
Our recent posts about the world’s Top Ten Gay Beaches and Top Ten Nude Beaches sparked tons of feedback. Many of you were surprised by our picks, and shared you own favorites. So based on your suggestions, we came cobbled together a GayCities member top ten list.
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It isn’t technically legal to sunbathe nude in Florida, but it is generally tolerated at Haulover Beach although caution should rule: Egged on by puritanical types, the Park service will write tickets on occassion. It’s about 11 miles north of South Beach, so it isn’t the most convenient location, but it’s not too hard to find. The north end of Haulover is the clothing optional section that is frequented by gay men with a smattering of women. (Photo by osseous)
Trail #7 is where you want to get lost if you wanna find the boys. However, because of its location in the North Arm Jetty, Wreck Beach is not suitable for swimming (though the water quality is said to be improving). There are other distractions. Small trails lead into the woods for more private settings, although public sex does violate some version of (mostly straight) strict naturist ideals. What we’re trying to say: Don’t get caught!
Fire Island Pines is home to the island’s biggest dance clubs, restaurants and shops. The beach is an extension of the area’s party mentality, and is packed with eye candy. There is nudity on the shore as well.
Take the Hanlan’s Point ferry out of Toronto at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay, then walk about 15 minutes up the paved path. This clothing-optional gem can then be reached by taking one of the wooden paths through the brush to the coast, where the white sand is not the only sight to behold.
Though the water is generally too treacherous to swim, Playa Delfines is popular with gay tourists. The white sands are perfect for sunning, the water is many shades of blue and the view is incredible. This beach is also popular for surfing, and a great place for taking lessons.
The gay beach is just north of the Hilton Hotel under the statue of an eagle. On hot summer days you can expect the shore to be packed with sunbathers, locals and tourists. This is the place to find some serious browned hotties during the day. Tan lines on display by night!
Grab a towel, lotion and sunglasses: Spain’s hottest (increasingly straight) bodies soak in the sun here. Right across from Hotel Calipolis, between the life guard station and picnic restaurant.
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.
Located near most of the gay resorts, Sebastian Street is the most popular beach destination for gay tourists. Populated mostly by men, this beach is see-and-be-seen in that low-key Lauderdale way.
The gay section is about a 30 minute walk east from Field Six, near the sign for Tobay Beach of the Town of Oyster Bay. This part of the beach is “no radio” as well as clothing optional.