For LGBTQ+ travelers, the underlying worry of how they will be received in foreign countries is always at the forefront when choosing a travel destination. Many countries throughout the world still have laws in place that are oppressive to the LGBTQ+ community and in some cases, being homosexual is still against the law. That said, the majority of the world is LGBTQ+ friendly and there’s no reason why everyone can’t enjoy these wonderful destinations! Here’s our list of the top LGBTQ+ travel destinations in the world.
Home to one of the largest Pride parades in the world, this inclusive city in the heart of the Middle East is THE place to be for members of the LGBTQ+ community! With plenty of gay-friendly bars, gyms, beaches, and hotels, it’s no question why Tel Aviv is a consistent favorite of LGBTQ+ travelers.
Rio de Janeiro
One of the most gay-friendly destinations in South America, Rio de Janeiro is renowned for its vibrant Pride parade, LGBTQ+ beaches, bars, and nightclubs. Home to some of the world’s best beaches, there’s no better place to gaze at beautiful people and relax with a tropical drink.
It goes without saying that San Francisco is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the entire world. With nicknames like “the gay Mecca” and the “gay capital of the world”, there’s no question that San Francisco should top every LGBTQ+ bucket list. Its spectacular Pride parade and vibrant Castro neighborhood are just some of the many inclusive LGBTQ+ attractions the city has to offer.
In the past several years, this tropical destination has been marketing itself as the most LGBTQ-friendly island in the Caribbean. Hosting its first Pride parade in 2012, the island has made leaps and bounds towards LGBTQ+ inclusivity and recognition.
Bangkok is home to a thriving LGBTQ scene and is considered to be one of the top gay-friendly cities not only in Asia, but in the world at large. Beyond legal protection for gay rights, Bangkok is a hub for LGBTQ+ nightlife, hotels, bars, and restaurants, and a highly visible transgender community.
Attracting more than one million LGBTQ+ visitors annually, Miami has always been renowned as an incredibly gay-friendly destination. From the sandy shores of Miami Beach to the dynamic gay bars, nightclubs, and Pride parade, Miami is an LGBTQ+ traveler’s dream.
Montreal is home to one of the continent’s most famous gay neighborhoods, the Gay Village, which hosts a variety of LGBTQ+ pride events and festivals throughout the year. With plenty to see and explore from bustling nightlife to charming French-Canadian cafes, Montreal is the perfect LGBTQ+-friendly getaway.