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PHOTOS: The World’s 10 Best Gay Beaches 2013

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It’s been an especially long winter this year, but those screams of “Keep those carbs away from me!” heard echoing from gay haunts across the northern hemisphere can mean only one thing: Summer 2013 is finally on its way.

Just in time, we’ve compiled our annual spring list of the world’s top gay beaches, complete with visuals sure to put you in your best sunny seaside mood.

It’s a big world, so if your favorite gay beach didn’t make the cut, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

We’ll be back next week with our naked picks for the world’s best nude beaches.

Meanwhile, enjoy the view.

Photo by Ernesto Sarezale.

Click through to our sister site Gay Cities to see our 2013 picks for the world’s best gay beaches.

First up: Rio’s Ipanema

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    • knoxxy2008

      Cool pics.

      PS to self: Damn! I have to work out more. LOL

      Apr 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vince Smetana

      LOL. Isn’t that Andy Towle in Mykonos?

      Apr 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wildale

      You left out one of the beast beaches in the world. Little Beach on Maui.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen

      @Vince Smetana: I thought the same thing when I first saw that photo, Vince! But it’s actually a guy called Matt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthead/

      Apr 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Thomas

      Certainly think that the gay beach at Sitges deserves a strong mention. And then there’s the gay beach at Ibiza …
      But I do believe that Sebastian Beach in Ft. Lauderdale wins first prize.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rlbuford

      Love this article content about beaches. Just one request to Queerty — Please think more about diversity. People of color love the beach as well. :-)I laughed when we got to South Africa and there were no people of color — even there! Thanks for hearing this. Otherwise great article. If I have missed a person of color here or there, it’s the gestalt that matters. Let’s strive to make the world a better place by practicing and expanding the vision of equality in everything that we as a community present.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TVC 15

      Oof, I want to go to Tel Aviv

      Apr 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Flyguy from Canada

      What about Little Congwong, Botany Bay, La Perouse in Sydney Australia or Little Beach, Makena, in Maui?

      Apr 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gregg


      I laughed when Cape Town, South Africa, and Ipanema, Rio de Janero, Brazil, were lumped into an article on Northern Hemisphere Beaches!
      Nice pics, tho.



      Apr 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen

      @rlbuford: I hear you, and agree. There are indeed a few people of color in the mix here, but not as many as I would’ve liked. Will try to change that next week for the nude beaches. :-)

      Apr 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen

      @Gregg: You forgot Sydney, Australia. But the article never claimed to be about northern hemisphere beaches.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gaym50ish

      I would cast a vote for Queen’s Beach in Honolulu and the San Gregorio nude beach (the gay end, not the straight end)south of San Francisco.

      Apr 11, 2013 at 5:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Yelper

      What is this? How could you possibly miss the best of the best gay beaches, Haulover near North Miami. It’s where all the in the know tourists and in the know residents of Miami and Fort Lauderdale go.

      Not only gay but “clothing optional.” That alone puts it far ahead of most of the other beaches mentioned.

      Apr 11, 2013 at 8:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • djdez2

      Rehoboth Beach, DL is pretty nice place as well.

      Apr 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rlbuford

      @Dan Allen: YAYY!

      Apr 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reesielover

      What happened to Miami’s 9th Street Beach? My God, what a collection or gorgeous men of all races (especially those luscious Latinos). I call it my lucky spot

      Apr 12, 2013 at 12:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raquel Santiago

      only 1 U.S. Beach really?

      Apr 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • car

      This is a terrible thing to confess, but I have never been comfortable at a gay beach. I know, you’re thinking he must be ugly or something, but that doesn’t and shouldn’t matter.
      There is a thing that gay men do, call it constant appraisal where one is sized up and should one possess the fault of a weak chin, a minor stomach, an undeveloped crouch, you are dismissed. I suspect many people feel this, but it appears to be bitter to mention it. There is a harshness to all this, so while it’s sweet to celebrate the little patches of sand where we can freely frolic, i generally head for the mote integrated territory where people of all colors, all persuasions, looks, desires and longings are hanging out.

      Apr 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dbdonovan

      Another vote for Rehoboth, one of the first gay beaches in the US, Lets hear it for Poodle Beach & North Shores

      Apr 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChuckF

      you missed the best nude beach that’s only half an hour from my home but I’m not saying its name because all of us who go there understand it’s a secret.

      Apr 22, 2016 at 12:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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