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 Sydney’s North Bondi Beach

 Pride season came and went; the 4th of July fireworks show is but a haze; and Labor Day is just a couple of weeks away. Can summer 2011 really be coming to a close? Say it ain’t so!

Farmer’s tan be damned—there’s plenty of time to head to the nearest body of water, strip down to your skimpy swimsuit and soak up the sun. (and let’s not forget catching some glimpses of topless hotties.)

GayCities has compiled a list of the 10 best beaches for gays and lesbians to mingle and soak up some rays. (Whatever else you do there is your business.)

Have we omitted your favorite sandy oasis? Let us know in the comments.

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By:           Oscar Raymundo
On:           Aug 20, 2011
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  • 50 Comments
    • Me
      Me

      No p-town or ogunquit?

      Aug 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CJ
      CJ

      Small Correction: There is no “Farme de Amoedo beach” in Rio de Janeiro. Rua Farme de Amoedo is a STREET that is the “gay street” in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. At the end of this street (where it meets the beach) is Ipanema beach. This particular area of the beach is between Posto 8 and 9 and is the “gay area” of Ipanema beach – and is also identified with numerous gay flags. Again Farme de Amoedo is the street name… and Ipanema is the beach name.

      Nearby and around the corner, is Copacabana beach, another very long beach. This is essentially where the gay pride parade takes place each year. In front of the Copacabana Palace hotel in Copacabana is the “gay area” of Copacabana beach. Copacabana beach is also where you go to watch the amazing fireworks at New Years. Imagine a million or more people on the beach, most of them wearing white.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Atlas
      Atlas

      I wish you would put a list on the front page. It’s so fucking tedious to click a dozen or more links just to know what the results are.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryan
      Bryan

      Until I got to the 6th picture, I was starting to wonder if there was an anti-trunks rule in these beaches. Oh, and the sand sculpture in the 2nd pic is cool, not sure about the guy who’s on all fours and sticking out his ass though.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TJ
      TJ

      I’ve been to 5. After a while, they all look the same. Puerto Vallarta is my favorite though, but there are too many people selling junk on the beach. Every 10 seconds someone wants you to buy some jewelry, food, hats and other ticky tacky junk.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein
      David Ehrenstein

      Hey, what about the gay beach in Santa Moncia at Will Rodger States Park?
      (Or as we commonly refer to it “Ginger Rodgers State Park”)

      It was on that beach back in the day where Chris met Don.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ian
      Ian

      #6. If the beach in Tel Aviv is filled with hotties like that, I’m going.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • slanty
      slanty

      This makes me wish summer lasted longer.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rascal
      rascal

      @Ian: I’ve been to this beach, and yes, the men are gorgeous. The Israeli men are particularly handsome. It’s kinds tough to tell who’s gay though since Middle Easterners and also European people tend to stare and keep your gaze longer than Americans. It doesn’t mean they’re gay. Usually when they’re on their knees in front of me, then I can assume they’re gay :)

      Aug 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I didn’t realize there were gay beaches. Are they different from straight beaches? Is there a dividing line in the sand? Is there a dating service for gay beaches?

      Enquiring minds wish to know.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pierre
      pierre

      @jason: If you weren’t such a closet case you would know the answers.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Viktor
      Viktor

      Woo! Delaware! <3

      Aug 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay
      Jay

      I went to Sebastian beach and didnt see any gays! Maybe it was an off day lol

      Aug 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Noomy
      Noomy

      It’s times like this I feel so lucky to be gay!!

      Aug 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brandon
      Brandon

      I live in Rehoboth!!! yay

      Aug 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pete n SFO
      Pete n SFO

      as stated above… Vallarta is overload & you really can’t even enjoy the water. It does seem baffling to me that P-town didn’t make the list, especially since the list is titled for “gay & lesbians” & the cove is one of the few where you’ll ever see any galz.

      And since I’m in SFO, I’ll mention that on Baker Beach, right here in the city, we have gorgeous views of the GG Bridge, are allowed to go nekkid, & have the option of parking in the lot, or cliff-diving down to the cruisy part (seemingly a prerequisite for any ‘real’ gay beach!) Just don’t try & swim in the water.

      This beach is actually part of the Nat’l Parks, which makes it extra fun, “winkin’ yer brown-eye” at Washington, DC who we can bet has NO IDEA the gays are up to no-good right on Gov’t property! :)

      Aug 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TommyOC
      TommyOC

      Not a single West Coast beach (and no, Mexican beaches don’t count.) I knew some writers still on Queerty’s staff were from the old-school days of East Coast preference – otherwise known as: “What’s a West Coast” or “LOLZ that “Other/Left Coast!”” – but I thought they’ be encouraged to be a little less self-interested.

      In any event, as noted: Santa Monica and Will(/Ginger) Rogers State Beach (LA) are good choices, but Baker Beach (SF) is an even better pick. I’ll also throw in the isolated bays of Laguna Beach (OC) as a very cruisy, (illegally) clothing-optional beach.

      Both Baker and portions of Laguna are known as “the gay beaches” among locals, further ensuring their reputation and visitor base remains consistent.

      Yet not a single West Coast beach gets mentioned, but the crappy sun, sand and (no) surf of Rehoboth and Fire Island get top billing?

      Whatever.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WillBFair
      WillBFair

      I prefer Lands End for the wind swept junipers and surf boom and spray in the stacks, and the naked beach on Hwy 1 south of SF, and Russian River for the Redwoods, and P-Town for the quaintitude. Fire Island is overly hierarchical for my taste. Of course, obsessing on looks and muscles over kindness and character is par for the gay course, but Fire Island is over the top.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ganondorf
      Ganondorf

      @WillBFair

      Yet “wind swept” is a cliche clause that is for your taste. Which, if you were to consult some, would speak to its absence. And nude beaches? There aren’t enough bullets, wilberfarce. Not enough.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      Today is August 20, 2011. Does anyone know if the Bummer has officially evolved yet? Just askin.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tom
      tom

      hey

      Aug 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tom
      tom

      the list should extend beyond 10 because i can name a few more beaches which should be named ie: sitges(spain), baker beach although the water sucks the view is priceless(san francisco), haulover state beach (sunny isles,florida) , queens beach (honolulu), san gregorio beach (san francisco), blacks beach (san diego), san onofre beach ,socal. little makena nude beach on maui. cmon guys add to the list!

      Aug 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WillBFair
      WillBFair

      Thanks for saying I have no taste. Does that mean the guys who go to these places also have none? And I don’t appreciate the bullets remark. Please don’t talk to me. I have zero interest in your ideas.

      Aug 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ganondorf
      Ganondorf

      @WillBFair:

      Yeah?

      Aug 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iDavid
      iDavid

      Hmm, well Oregon may have better beaches then all mentioned for some. There are two gay/str8 nude beaches where all is bared and woods for those who choose to dare….have sex that is. And they do, lots of it. And the guys are med to hot. Not ocean beaches but great sandy beaches nonetheless called Sauvies Island and Rooster Rock on the awesome Columbia River. If you ever get up to see the backwoods Portland boys of the Great Pacific NW, (forget Seattle, not pretty) you won’t be disappointed.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 12:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ganondorf
      Ganondorf

      @iDavid:

      Shaddup, damaged goods. The only people who go to nude beaches are fugly. FUGLY! You’ll never meet a hot nudist.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 12:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      Haulover beach in Miami Beach is very popular, and is legally clothing optional. The northern end of the beach is mostly gay. It is frequented by all age groups.

      But I can understand why it Haulover is not included in this list — pictures would be NSFW.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 1:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jesper
      Jesper

      So, you just decided to skip Europe altogether?

      Aug 21, 2011 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I simply don’t know what a gay beach is. Is there a sign which says “gays only”? Is there a barrier that you must cross on the basis of how gay you look? You know, I’m desperately interested to find out. Do you need to have a poodle with you? Honestly, I’m crying out for an answer.

      Where on earth are these “gay beaches”?

      Aug 21, 2011 at 9:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • paul f
      paul f

      @Ganondorf: So lets see if I understand you correctly. All the plastic narcissistic gym bunny self-centered look down your nose people go to the textile beaches, while real people who are comfortable with their selves and others around them go to nude beaches. The people who wouldn’t give you the time of day and wouldn’t acknowledge your existance because you don’t meet their standards of beauty all hang out at the clothing beaches and the friendly helpful folks who are HUSBAND material are at the nude beach. Thank you very much but I prefer to hang out with the “fugly” on the OUTSIDE people than the ones who are pretty to look at and are disgusting on the inside. You stick with your superficial looks, I’ll stay with the high quality nudists. Paul(obvious nudist)F.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 9:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MNZ
      MNZ

      You forgot Condado Beach in Puerto Rico.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erik
      Erik

      I know we’re American and geography is not our thing, but it’s actually and officially called Rehoboth Beach, DE.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erik
      Erik

      I know we’re American and geography is not our thing, but it’s actually and officially called Rehoboth Beach, DE. Like, there’s no place called “Rehoboth, DE.”

      Aug 21, 2011 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jersey
      Jersey

      I questioned the exclusion of some beaches I’ve been to like Blacks Beach, Gunnison in Sandy Hook NJ, Haulover in Miami or Super Paradise Beach in Mykonos but all of those are mixed beaches not exclusively gay.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman
      Adman

      @Ian: If you like the daddies, AKA silver foxes, get there immediately. You’ll be like a kid in a candy store.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman
      Adman

      @TommyOC: Finally someone opened that can of worms. Stupid and venal queens that nobody can stand if they’re not on their knees go to beaches with no surf. They are bored and mean of course, because they can’t go into the water for any fun. Besides, if they do they’ll get muscle toned and fit, forcing them to look older and more butch than a fourteen year old girl. I love how they self select though, if you go there the cocktail mixers are the same way. Eat Coast beach clones are like ’92 forever, and yes, it was boring then too. Just let’s not remind them too often, OK? They’ll forget anything was said in 3, 2, 1…

      Aug 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iDavid
      iDavid

      Oh yes, and the hot speed boats water skiing and luxury craft make it even funner. Clothing opt butt most are nekkid. Oh sweet summer.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ronsfo
      ronsfo

      What about Mallorca, I’m thinking increasing the list to 25 would more inclusive.

      In California, there are several beachs, their popularity has changed but they are still, very Gay, but maybe not as young. San Gregorio, has stories wonderful Gay beach stories.

      Aug 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      jiaxueas

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      Aug 22, 2011 at 4:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kyler
      Kyler

      What about that Greek island everyone goes to? Mykonos right?

      Aug 22, 2011 at 5:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ian
      Ian

      @Adman: I can dig the salt-n-peppa thing. :)

      Aug 22, 2011 at 9:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eric
      Eric

      I dont see how 12th Street Beach in Miami Beach is not on this list.

      Aug 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zak
      Zak

      What about Es Cavallet in Ibiza??

      Aug 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman
      Adman

      @Ian: Heh, yeah think handsome and sultry and smart. Yep, everywhere. Hmmm, wish I could’ve made time to go this fall, but I’m taken. Can’t think of a reason to get him to go without him seeing through my BS.

      Aug 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      No beaches that do not allow alcohol should be allowed. Spain and Portugal are the best

      Aug 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JBLS
      JBLS

      Hey guys, I have just come back from holiday in Sitges and Barcelona in Spain. Both have fab gay beaches, clothed and nudist, with hot guys as well as blokes next door types on them!

      My favourite has to be Balmains, the gay nudist beach in Sitges. It is set in this lovely bay with clean, warm shallow water going out really far. As said there was a great mix of types on the beach, hotties on the outside, hotties on the inside and both and neither!

      Highlight of the week was spotting a couple of horse hung porn stars from the Michael Lucas stable-just as good in the (ample) flesh!

      Aug 28, 2011 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scrufff
      Scrufff

      The gay beach in Laguna is called West St Beach. I practically spent my entire teenage summers at this beach and back then it was fun and boisterous. It even had it own micro mini pirate radio station called Kweer FM – this was in the 80’s so it played basically the Gogo’s! And it was so small that its frequency range was about 500 yards.

      Aug 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gay greece
      gay greece

      “?est gay beaches in the world”. Totally pretentious title. Where are the famous cruising spots of Spain, Greece, France or Italy? Perhaps you meant “Gay beaches in the Americas”.

      Try Elia in Mykonos, Eressos in Lesbos, Banana in Skiathos or Kallithea in Rhodes and you will forget everything else.

      Aug 30, 2011 at 3:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clyde K. Parra
      Clyde K. Parra

      You can find the 3 most beautiful beaches here at http://www.top3best.com/top-3-most-beautiful-beaches

      Dec 8, 2011 at 9:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kennetho9322
      kennetho9322

      I agree with JBLS! Where’s the listing for Benidorm Spain or Maspalomas in the Canaries??? I thought we were the minority with the most passports? Am I the only one who travels?

      Apr 20, 2013 at 12:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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