Top 5 popular LGBT-friendly surf travel destinations
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Although not as well known as an LGBT resort compared to similar destinations in Thailand or Taiwan, this volcanic setting is growing in popularity with gay surfers. Away from the turbulent tides, Bali is also renowned for upmarket spa resorts and biodiversity. A few miles inland from the surfing outlets you’ll come across the island’s gay quarter, Jalan Camplung Tanduk. This is an oasis of gay-friendly clubs that are bustling with life, including the BaliJoe Bar and Mixwell Bar. If you would like to combine your surfing adventure with some unforgettable sightseeing, then book a break to Bali without further ado!
Durban, South Africa
South Africa’s third-largest city is a hotchpotch of cultural influences, African, European and Indian. Nestling on the Indian Ocean’s coast, amongst marine worlds and holiday resorts, Durban offers the finest in surfing, and socialising opportunities. You and your partner can choose from five-star beach hotels where you can gain wonderful bird’s eye views of the incoming waves. Head to Virginia Beach, a magnet for LGBT visitors from all over the globe. Keep an eye out for fellow surfers – there’s always a strong community vibe amongst exponents. Further good news is that the high incidence of Indian immigrants means that you’ll have many spicy eateries to choose from when the time comes to put your board aside.
Napali Coast, Hawaii
The 50th state of the USA, Hawaii consists of a cluster of islands set amongst the azure expanses of the mighty Pacific. Napali Coast lies on the island of Kauai, a spectacular haven of contrasting scenery. There are tranquil LGBT-friendly beaches where you can soak up the sun while enjoying cocktails. But there are also rugged coastlines where lofty waves come crashing inwards in fountains of spray. The view from the sea cliffs will whet your appetite for fabulous surfing opportunities.
Santa Catarina Island, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is known the world over for its garish street carnival, but a relatively short distance away you’ll encounter a different vibe altogether. Scenic hills overlook a crescent-shaped beach, and this is a magnet surfers keen to capture the incoming waves. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned surfer, you and your partner will have a whale of a time launching your boards through the surf. Later in the day, you can make a beeline for Florianopolis. Here you can dance until dawn in popular LGBT nightspots, including the Jivago Social Club. After strutting your stuff under the flashing lights you’ll be more than ready to face the tropical swell in the morning.
Zipolite Beach, Mexico
How does this sound for a travel location for surfers? Near empty beaches comprised of golden sands, delightful little fishing villages full of rustic character, and lagoons where fish and other animals languish. And crashing Pacific Ocean breakers. This is Zipolite Beach, on the Oaxaca coast to the south of Mexico. Practically parallel with Guatemala, this resort has been enticing wave junkies for some time. Book an outing to this surfing paradise – you won’t be disappointed.