Holiday Advice for LGBT Travellers

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Holiday Advice for LGBT Travellers

We've rounded up some of the hottest, and not-so-hot, LGBT destinations so you can plan the perfect holiday with your partner - plus we've thrown in all the travel advice and information you need to know too. Whether its a sunny beach break or a thriving city escape you fancy, our guide will give you the low down on them all.
 
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LGBT Friendly Destinations

New York City

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Iconic NYC is consistently voted as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly destination – and for good reason. With heaps of gay hotels and even more LGBT clubs and bars including hot spots Flaming Saddles Saloon and The Cock NYC, it’s the perfect place for a whirlwind city break. Explore one of the top fashion capital's of the world and browse the city's high-end boutiques and flagship stores, head into buzzing Times Square or experience breathtaking views from the top of the Empire State Building.

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Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has a booming gay and lesbian scene with bundles of attractions to keep you busy, both on and beyond the beach. Head to the south of the island (think Playa del Ingles or Maspalomas) for bustling nightlife, chic boutiques and high quality restaurants - Parrots is a popular LGBT choice for fantastic food and entertainment. For more information, read our travel advice for holidays in the Canary Islands.

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Ibiza

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We all know that Ibiza is the party capital of Europe, but in recent decades, it’s done a lot to cater for its LGBT visitors. There are a number of fab hotels close by to Ibiza's fantastic gay-friendly beaches, Playa Es Cavallet and Ses Figueretes are great for lounging on the sand during the day and make for a seriously good night out too - Chaos Bar and Carrer d'Alfonso XIII are among the best bars in the area!
 
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Mykonos, Greece

We’ve all drooled over gorgeous pictures of the Greek Island of Mykonos, and the good news is, it’s super gay-friendly. Along with Sitges and Ibiza, it’s known as one of the ‘big four’ gay destinations and is definitely worth a visit. If you're looking to party in this popular resort, Jackie 'O Beach Club and Restaurant is a chic spot on the seawall of the old harbour, or  If you've been there before and want to explore somewhere new, take a look at our handy guide on alternative destinations to this Mediterranean gem.
 
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Sitges

For Spain holidays, you can't get much more vibrant and sun-soaked than charming Sitges. Located 32km from Barcelona, Sitges is well-known for its thriving LGBT scene. In fact, back in the 80s it opened Spain’s first ever gay disco, and it hasn’t looked back since. Here you’ll find lashings of LGBT-friendly hotels and a gorgeous gay beach to the west of the city, too.

General Travel Advice for LGBT travellers

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Be Cautious

Whenever you’re travelling to a new destination it’s wise to err on the side of caution. The laws and customs of countries can be hugely different, as can attitudes and tolerance levels. Even in places where same sex relationships and homosexuality are much like the UK, attitudes can vary from one area or establishment to the next. Do follow the local laws as penalties can be in place. 

 

Beware Cons

All tourists can be targeted for con artists. Be especially careful of ‘entrapment’ cons in countries that aren’t gay friendly. These can take place in chat rooms online or in bars and establishments known for being more tolerant. It’s known for officers of the law to be involved in entrapment cons, as well as opportunists looking to blackmail an individual for money.

 

Transgender Passport

Transgender travellers should be able to get a passport in their new name, which can avoid security issues at the airport.

 

Check your Hotel

Some hotels won’t accept bookings from same-sex customers so do check before you book. In countries where same-sex relationships are illegal you should book a twin bedroom.

 

Least LGBT Friendly Destinations

Seychelles and Maldives

 These two beautiful islands are popular with honeymooners – however same sex relations are illegal and lengthy prison sentences and fines can shockingly apply. 

Morocco

While homosexuality is still a crime in the country, punishable by up to three years in prison, same sex couples from overseas are left largely alone. In fact, look hard enough and you will find gay friendly riads and hotels in Marrakech – although they’re unable to advertise themselves as such.

Dubai

All homosexual sex is illegal. Even in opposite sex relationships, sex outside of marriage is illegal, and public displays of affection are frowned upon. If you do decide to travel to Dubai as a couple, it’s advisable to book a twin room. Cross dressing is also illegal under Islamic law.

Jamaica and other Caribbean Destinations

Jamaica isn’t the only Caribbean destination that criminalizes homosexuality; Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago do too. However the attitude in Jamaica to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people has been highlighted in the recent years and isn't particularly welcoming. 

Egypt

Homosexuality isn’t illegal in Egypt – however homosexual acts in public are. With public displays of affection also frowned up outside of the tourist areas, what counts as a ‘homosexual’ act is open to local interpretation, so exercise caution, especially if exploring outside of your hotel or beach resort.
It’s a sad fact that LGTB travellers aren’t welcomed in every country. Do your homework before you book your next holiday to make sure that it’s a safe, relaxed and enjoyable one. 

Malaysia

Homosexual acts are illegal in Malaysia, with strong punishments of up to 20 years in prison or even death. Cross dressing is also illegal and this has been upheld as recently as 2014.
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