11 of the world's best gay beaches just in time for summer

You loved our guide to the the world’s best nude beaches.

But let's face it--not everyone is comfortable going au naturel all the time.

Here are 11 recommendations where you can get fashionable in a speedo, board shorts, classic swimwear or whatever your heart desires--plus a few where you can take them off.

Playa Delfines

Delfines is a popular place with travelers and is extremely gay friendly. The white sands along Cancun's coast shimmer against the water's many shades of blue. And the view is incredible.

Playa Delfines

Popular gay beach
Boulevard Kukulcán km 20 Cancun

Obelisk Beach

Strip down and nuzzle up to a local while indulging in the stunning views of Camp Cove and Parsley. Don't miss Vaucluse and Watsons Bays off on the horizon at Sydney's Obelisk Beach.

Obelisk Beach

More than just sand and sun
Chowder Bay Road Sydney

Praia Mole

Praia Mole in Florianópolis, the capital of southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state, is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and also one of the most convenient.

Praia Mole

Popular with Gay Hotties
Florianopolis

Cupecoy

Cupecoy Beach is relatively small, but this mighty clothing optional beach is a cluster of three beaches (the central beach being the gayest) situated on the Dutch side of Saint Martin.

Cupecoy

Well known gay beach, along small cliffs, facing gorgeous sunset
St. Maarten

Hilton Beach

One of the gay capitals of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv's Hilton Beach offers golden sand, blue waters, and some of the most gorgeous men in the world.

Hilton Beach

Loads of eye candy
Independence Park Tel Aviv

Manuel Antonio Public Beach

Considered one of the gayest destinations in Central America, Manuel Antonio Beach has an enormous public beach “La Playita,“ which is known as one of Costa Rica’s only nude beaches.

Manuel Antonio Public Beach

Huge beach that welcomes everyone
Manuel Antonio

Clifton 3rd

Known as Cape Town’s St. Tropez, Clifton is one of Cape Town’s biggest gay draws. There are four beaches that make up Clifton Beach and Clifton 3rd is definitely the most “family friendly.”

Clifton 3rd

Where the beautiful boys hang out
Victoria Rd.

Playa Los Muertos

Situated just south of Puerto Vallarta's Malecon area and the Cuale River in the Romantic Zone (or “Old Vallarta”), Playa Los Muertos is a short venture from the epicenter of PV.

Playa Los Muertos

*The* PV spot to hang out in blue
The southside of the beach: look for the blue and green chairs in front of the Blue Chairs Resort Puerto Vallarta

Higg's Beach

Key West has only a few beaches and Higgs is the busiest, a great spot known for snorkeling, volleyball, and jet skiing. There's a grassy area, too, for dogs to live it up off-leash.

Higgs Beach

Popular Key West beach
Atlantic Blvd. Key West

Eagle Beach

Aruba aka “One Happy Island” is known for its powdery white sand beaches, friendly people, and gorgeous resorts. Eagle Beach is situated off the main road with breathtaking Caribbean views.

Eagle Beach

One of the best beaches in the Carribean
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. Oranjestad

Cas Abou

North of Venezuela, Curaçao's Cas Abou has picturesque palm trees waving in the breeze, a white sandy coast, and shimmering waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Cas Abou

The local favorite
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
By Chris Bull