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Who doesn’t love a beach vacation? For many of us, a vacation without a beach isn’t a vacation. We’ve searched the globe for the finest beaches on earth. It’s a hard job – and we have some great recommendations for you. In Europe, the Greek islands are perfect for a beach vacation in the Meditteranean sun. Over in the Indian Ocean you’ll find some of the glitziest beach destinations known to man: Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius. For a city break with a beach, standout destinations include Barcelona, Dubrovnik and Miami. If you really want to spoil yourself, a twin-centre itinerary is the way to go. Combining Sri Lanka with the Maldives will give you the best of both worlds: culture, adventure and world-class beaches. A perennial favourite beach vacation for OutOfOffice travellers combines Barcelona with Sitges – an especially good choice for LGBT+ travellers.

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Best Beach Destinations

Where, you may ask, are the world’s finest beaches? It’s a hotly debated topic and we happen to have the answer: French Polynesia and the Maldives. In these far-flung island countries, you’ll find the world’s softest sands and bluest waters. But if you’ve already tried these destinations then perhaps take a look at Seychelles or Mauritius.

Mykonos remains a perennial favourite for luxury travellers worldwide. It’s the stomping ground of the international gay jet set and it’s home to many great beaches. Mykonos does get busy during peak season. If you’d like to experience Greece’s beaches without the crowds, you could try lesser-known islands, such as Syros or Naxos.

Barcelona has the excitement of a great city along with several beaches – the beaches are man-made, however. Up the road in Sitges you’ll find one of Europe’s most popular gay beaches just across the road from Hotel Calipolis.

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The beach represents total relaxation for some. It’s the place you go to clear your head, soak up the sun, read your book and little else. The beach can also be a place of action: some beach dwellers flit between volleyball, swimming, pedalos, banana boats – whatever sailing contraptions are on offer. Some beaches can become the social and, dare we say, sensual hub of a destination – Rio springs to mind.

In the Maldives, there isn’t really a cultural scene. You won’t feel guilty about not visiting art galleries – there aren’t any. You can just enjoy unrivalled beaches. Supposing you like to stay active, the Maldives can be great for watersports, diving and snorkelling. The Maldives is all about the beach and indulging at your luxury resort.

The archipelago of islands that make up Seychelles is especially popular with OutOfOffice travellers. Here you’ll find a tropical paradise packed with exotic wildlife and world-class beaches.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives beach

Gay Beach VacationsBy Month

Miami Beach
January

Miami will be busy over the festive season but it gets quieter in January. Head down to South Beach. It’ll still be warm. The sea won’t feel like a bath as it does in summer, but if you’ve come from colder climes you’ll really feel the heat.

Miami is a big, bustling city. This isn’t a quiet island retreat. Miami Beach is lined with restaurants, clubs and high-end boutiques. It’s a great choice if you’d like culture, nightlife and all the excitement of a big city as well as a great beach.

Cape Town
February

Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town is a good choice in February. This is the swankiest neighbourhood in town. Many A-listers have been spotted in these parts. South Africa gets its winter when Europe enjoys its summer. In February, when much of the Old World and North America are super cold, Cape Town in basking in sunny splendour.

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya
March

Cancun is a good choice if you’re looking for an all-inclusive relaxation holiday. It’s home to many resorts that cater to all your need. The kind of hotels that have six restaurants and five bars. You can swan from one to the next making the most of your all-inclusive package. When you’re fully sated you can head to the beach and soak up some rays.

Mykonos
April

Mykonos it is! Start doing situps now. The international gay jet congregates every year in Mykonos. You’ll see lots of shirtless guys hanging out at Jackie O’s and lazing around on Psarou Beach. Mykonos is Greece’s most popular and exciting island. It’s a fabulous beach destination. You can also take a short ferry ride from Mykonos to Santorini.

Hvar Croatia
May

Croatia is an increasingly popular destination. Much of Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik, so it may look a little uncanny when you arrive. It can also be very crowded. Going to Croatia in May is a great choice for a romantic trip. It’s less busy and the weather will be excellent. You can wander the narrow streets of Dubrovnik, enjoy its charming beach and maybe indulge in a spot of Croatian island hopping. It’s also a great choice for foodies.

Sitges
June

June is a great month to visit Barcelona. It’s hot but not yet boiling as it will be in July and August. Barcelona is a great city packed with culture and nightlife. It also has beaches. Yes, the beaches in Barcelona are manmade – they were made in the early 90s when Barcelona hosted the Olympics. Combine your trip to Barcelona with a trip to Sitges. It’s just up the road and it’s Europe’s gayest town. It also has excellent beaches, including a very lively gay beach.

Gay couple by beach
July

July is hurricane season in the Caribbean. Fortunately, Aruba isn’t in the firing line so it’s hurricane-free. As Aruba is Dutch outpost, it’s far more gay-friendly than the other Caribbean islands. It’s packed with charming colonial-era architecture. Aruba is also home to many excellent beaches.

Algarve
August

August in Portugal’s Algarve region is always a good idea. It’s packed with golden sand beaches, charming towns and many resorts. You can also opt for a more intimate, boutique options. You can spend half your time exploring the cities of Porto and Lisbon and then head to the beaches of the Algarve.

Costa Rica
September

Costa Rica is fast becoming one of our most popular destinations in Latin America. It’s full of diverse flora and fauna – much of which you can see at Tortuguero National Park. Nature lovers will be in heaven in Costa Rica. There are excellent beaches all over Costa Rica. You’ll also find a lively gay scene in Manuel Antonio.

La Digue
October

The island archipelago that makes up the Seychelles arguably boasts the world’s finest beaches. The islands are home to rare species, such as the Aldabra Giant Tortoises. The Seychelles are where great natural beauty meets luxury. On our preferred itinerary, you’ll visit La Digue and then head to the Seychelles’ biggest island, Mahe.

Lesbian couple in Malta
November

Malta is a great European beach destination. It’s also been hailed as the most gay-friendly country in Europe, according to the Rainbow Index. Malta is warm in November – you can expect eight hours of sunshine each day. It’s home to many ancient religious sites – some even more ancient than anything you’ll find in Egypt.

Puerto Rico
December

Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. It boasts the only rainforest on US territory and the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. San Juan, the capital, has many charming buildings in the Old Town. Just outside the walls of the Old Town, you’ll find Puerto Rico’s world-class beaches.

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