For a festive night on the town, check out the French fare drag shows at L'Escargot. Ipanema, with its colonial-style buildings and tree-lined streets, is especially charming; you'll find a number of LGBT-popular cafes and bars around here, as well as a stunning gay beach just off Rua Farme de Amoedo. InReykjavik will host its 17th Gay Pride march one of Europe's oldest queer paradesand the 11th Bears on Ice event. Harvey Barrison, Flickr. But Uruguay, the smallest of the South American nations, is the most progressive. Nearly 9 miles of blue sea, open horizon, sun and lots of people make it the perfect beach destination.
Among the top 10 largest cities in the Caribbean, sunny and vibrant San Juan metro population 2 million has the best gay scene and most welcoming attitude toward GLBT travelers.
Best Gay Beach Destinations. Playa del Ingles in Maspalomas at the south side of the island is a very popular gay destination for decades. Beaches here are clean and beautifully maintained, although none really qualify strictly as gay beaches.
With outstanding museums, distinctive architecture including several treasures by Antoni Gaudi a lively gay nightlife scene centered mostly around the sophisticated Eixample district, and an abundance of stylish restaurants and hotels, Barcelona is a terrific destination for urbanites, yet there's a sweeping and beautiful gay beach, Barceloneta, just minutes from the city center.