When it comes to holidays, it is often hard to decipher what destinations are suitable and safe for LGBT travellers. Whilst you can never guarantee safety you can certainly take precautions and do research on the places you are travelling to regarding their laws affecting LGBT people, social attitudes to sexual minorities, as well as the sizes of the communities in these destinations and how they are catered for. For those who just want peace and mind on holiday and do not want to worry, we have compiled a list of our top 5 safest destinations for gay, lesbian and transgender holidays to save you time. If you do want to know more on any other destination, get in contact and we can break down how safe and inclusive that destination is for you.
This is one of Europe's top destinations for gay travellers and it's not hard to see why! Around an hour outside of Barcelona, Sitges is a beautiful destination full of pristine beaches, cobbled streets lined with quaint cafes and bars, and a large gay community. There are also regular events throughout the calendar year that draw LGBT travellers to this beachy town such as the huge annual Pride events that take place with gay parties on the beaches. Although neighbouring Barcelona is often thought of first with its famous gay district of Eixample favoured by many, Sitges has come up to challenge it as the number one destination in Spain for gay travellers.
Canada is famous for being possibly the most progressive country in the world when it comes to openness and inclusion for all minorities, including sexual minorities. Vancouver is a great cosmopolitan city set amongst a backdrop of jagged, snowy mountains and has a bustling LGBT scene with everything from gay shops, hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. Davie Village is the heart of the LGBT community in Vancouver and its vibrant, open and welcoming nature makes it perfect for gay and lesbian travellers to visit and feel safe and comfortable.
Mykonos is known as the LGBT hub of Greece and is perfect for the traveller who longs for stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, traditional little villages and a good gay scene. This Greek Island is known for its welcoming nature and is often chosen as a honeymoon destination for LGBT travellers due to how welcoming and inclusive it is. Mykonos Town, however, is a great place to visit for solo travellers for its lively gay party scene, full of bars and full of like-minded people to meet and make friends with. This island is home to some of the best gay beaches so they are definitely worth exploring if you like to soak in the sun and do some swimming.
These cities are some of the safest and most diverse cities in the US in terms of sexual minorities. Both of these places are famed for their large gay and lesbian communities and are great for those wishing to go long haul to more tropical destinations. The gay 12th Street beach brings out the bronzed and beautiful in Miami, and is a great place for those looking for the hustle and bustle mixed with lots of sun. Key West is a great gay destination, known for historically being a gay holiday destination for those looking for relaxation and taking it easy. Meanwhile, Palm Springs is home to the largest collection of men and women only accommodations in the world and is home to the biggest lesbian party in the world – Dinah. We couldn't just pick one of these places so we'll count them as one!
French Polynesia is one of the most beautiful, secluded and stunning places on Earth, and it is also one of the most welcoming, friendly and inclusive too! In French Polynesia, no laws against same-sex sexual activity have ever existed in the collectivity and LGBT people are afforded all the same rights as heterosexual people. The concepts of gender identity here are also very different to western culture, and Tahitian culture actually recognises a third gender called 'Rae Rae' – meaning 'men who are raised as women'. This makes this a perfect destination for everyone in the community, being especially perfect for same-sex couples looking for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon destination where they can be open about who are.