PHOTOS: The World’s 10 Best Nude Beaches 2013 | GayCities Blog

Judging by the popularity of our World’s 10 Best Gay Beach list last week, it’s pretty clear that many of you can’t wait to rip off all of your clothes and soak up as much summer sun as possible.

So to help you legally go that one step further, we now present our 2013 list of the planet’s best nude beaches.

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Make your reservation for Vegas Uncork’d! – Passport Magazine

Pool season is kicking off in Las Vegas, so make your plans to enjoy some tunes and tans at a Las Vegas poolside concert or lavish pool party. The Gossip Pool at Rumor Boutique Hotel is perfect for a day of relaxed lounging or enjoying the pool party scene. Hide out in a seductive private cabana or be seen sunning on a poolside chaise with a cocktail from the bar.

        The Luxor boasts four pools totaling 19,000 square feet and features a weekly LGBT pool party all summer. Luxor also offers cabanas, each with a 40-inch plasma television, refrigerator, cooling mist system, ceiling fan, two floating rafts and more.

The best pool parties and concerts all summer long – it’s all waiting in Las Vegas!

 

via Make your reservation for Vegas Uncork’d! – Passport Magazine.

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LA PRIDE LGBT Pride in West Hollywood

Celebration

The 2013 LA PRIDE Celebration, held in beautiful West Hollywood Park, is the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California. Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, all new dance venues, numerous exhibitors, food and drink vendors and thousands of members of our vibrant and active community!

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One of the largest and most inclusive parades in Los Angeles, the LA PRIDE Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and travels westbound along Santa Monica Blvd., from Crescent Heights Blvd., to the main entrance of the LA PRIDE Festival at San Vicente Blvd. Over 400,000 will participate in this emotionally charged gathering showcasing the colorful diversity and creative community participation of the LGBT community. Attendees should plan to arrive early. Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the Parade, which may be as late as 4:00 p.m.

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Best Scenic Drives: The 10 Most Relaxing Coastal Drives In The U.S. & Canada

Driving can be both the most stressful and the most relaxing of activities. While there are few things more frustrating than sitting in traffic on your daily commute, a relaxing scenic drive down winding coastal roads can be truly therapeutic. For a vacation that allows you to explore a new locale while also decompressing, consider heading out to explore one of the U.S. or Canada’s many scenic shore-hugging roads.

From Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail to the breathtaking Hana Highway in Maui, click through the slideshow below for 10 coastal road trips in the U.S. and Canada that will melt your stress away.

via Best Scenic Drives: The 10 Most Relaxing Coastal Drives In The U.S. & Canada.

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Key West Pride to Mark Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag’s 10th ‘Birthday’ June 5-9

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Visitors can celebrate equality, meet the creator of the rainbow flag that symbolizes LGBT pride and mark the 10th “birthday” of a 1.25-mile sea-to-sea flag at Key West Pride 2013. Set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 5-9, the festival salutes diversity on the subtropical island internationally known as a top gay and lesbian vacation spot.
Activities include daytime pool parties and late-night dance parties, on-the-water adventures ranging from snorkeling to kayaking, a film festival, three pageants and an exuberant community parade.
The festival’s special guest and parade grand marshal is to be Gilbert Baker, who in 1978 created the original rainbow flag that became the international symbol of the LGBT community.
In 2003, to commemorate the original flag’s 25th anniversary, Baker and a volunteer team constructed a 1.25-mile rainbow flag in Key West that is believed to be the world’s longest. During Pride 2003, approximately 2,000 volunteers unfurled it along the entire length of the island’s Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean in a sea-to-sea showing of openness and pride.
Since then, 100-foot sections of the sea-to-sea flag have been displayed at events and festivals around the United States and Europe. Several sections are being returned to Key West for the 10th anniversary.
Plans call for them to “star” alongside Baker in the 2013 Pride Parade on Duval Street, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Spectators can view the all-welcome procession, also to feature walking groups and lavishly decorated floats, at parade-watching parties at leading clubs on Duval.
Other Pride 2013 events include a keynote presentation by Equality Florida’s Executive Director Nadine Smith, an acclaimed trolley tour showcasing the island’s LGBT heritage and hotspots, drag shows and themed late-night soirees at clubs and bars, a street fair followed by a block party and dancing on Duval, and pageants to select Mr., Ms. and Miss Key West Pride.
Event information: www.keywestpride.orgwww.gaykeywestfl.com or 800-535-7797
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or www.gaykeywestfl.com

Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest • twitter.com/thefloridakeys •YouTube.com/FloridaKeysTV Florida Keys Newsroom | Key West Pride to Mark Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag’s 10th ‘Birthday’ June 5-9.

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Lacy Morris: 30 Things Travelers Must See and Do Before They’re 30

All the hype is on 30, which means you should squeeze as much adventure as possible into your 20s before not-so-gracefully bowing out of the years of which you’re still expected to brush off your mother’s advice. Here are 30 things every person with a bit of wanderlust must see and do before they’re 30.

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Ten Lessons From A Gay Cruise Virgin | Advocate.com

For the better part of our 10-year relationship, my partner, Dan, has talked about going on a gay cruise. I resisted at every mention, worried that it would be too loud, too crazy and too impossible to find just one good night’s sleep.

Little did I know, I wouldn’t want one.

Out of the kindness of my heart, I finally relented. We decided on Atlantis’ party-heavy Independence of the Seas cruise in the Caribbean, Feb. 2-10. Why not dive in head-first, we thought.

The schedule was a day longer than most of their cruises in the past. Friends of mine told me I’d be very ready for it to be over by the last day. They couldn’t have been further from the truth.

This gay-cruise virgin learned a lot on his first trip with Atlantis. These 10 lessons stick out…

Ten Lessons From A Gay Cruise Virgin | Advocate.com.

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Md In MD? Becoming We In ME? Let The Gay Wedding Destination Duke-Out Begin | GayCities Blog

Now that voters have approved marriage equality in three new states, the savvy tourism folks in Maine, Maryland and Washington are wasting little time in rolling out their red carpets to gay and lesbian nuptial-planning couples.

And no wonder: A study released Monday by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law suggests that same-sex weddings in the states could generate more than $166 million in revenue over the next three years, with $88.5 million coming from WA, $62.5 million from MD, and $15.5 million coming from ME

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Vacation options for single seniors and gays and lesbians – Magazine – The Boston Globe

FOR GAYS & LESBIANS

A gay-friendly vacation can mean a same-sex couple need not endure being quizzed at check-in about their request for a double bed. Or it can mean a resort that caters exclusively to gays and lesbians. Knowing this demographic is more likely than the overall US population to have a passport and actually use it, mainstream companies from Delta to DoubleTree have launched programs to attract these vacationers. “We’ve seen a huge increase in both gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly accommodations,” says J. Scott Coatsworth of the San Francisco-based website PurpleRoofs.com. “We’re closing in on 5,000 listings now — and they’re popping up in unexpected places, including China, India, Russia, Zambia, Kenya, and more.”

Small towns and more

You’d expect to find hotels catering to gay vacationers in Palm Springs and P-town. But how about Eureka Springs, Arkansas? In fact, this tiny Ozarks hamlet boasts a sizable gay community and the Magnetic Valley Resort (479-253-0200; magneticvalleyresort.com), a clothing-optional getaway for men. Also off the beaten track: New Hope, Pennsylvania, which marks its 10th annual Pride Week & Parade in May with a mile-long rainbow flag borrowed from sister city Key West. Stay and play at The Raven (215-862-2081; theravennewhope.com), a 10-room inn whose Oak Room bar offers male revues and a Lipstick Mondays drag show and where a Sunday afternoon Tea Dance is held on the deck. If an all-inclusive mega-resort is more your scene, Atlantis Events (800-628-5268; atlantisevents.com) has reserved Club Med Cancun for its gay and lesbian vacationers the last week in April.

Urban destinations

New York may now have THE OUT NYC (212-947-2999; theoutnyc.com), the city’s first hotel catering to same-sex travelers, as well as established gay-friendly attractions, but Las Vegas is nipping at the Big Apple’s heels. This fall, Sin City saw its first Gay Days (888-942-9329; gaydays.com), a collection of parties and outings that has been held annually in Orlando for years. In December, an 80,000-square-foot disco called Krave Massive (702-836-0830; kravemassive.com) and touted as the world’s biggest gay nightclub should open in Las Vegas; it joins Drink & Drag (702-489-3724; drinkanddrag.com), a bowling alley staffed by drag queens that launched this year.

Cruises

In February, Atlantis Events (800-628-5268; atlantisevents.com) will take over Royal Caribbean’s 3,700-passenger Independence of the Seas for an eight-night Caribbean cruise catering to gay men. Meanwhile, Olivia (800-631-6277; olivia.com) serves the female market, with two southern Caribbean trips in January and February marking its 40th anniversary.

Festivals

The party/festival circuit can keep your calendar hopping. Around Thanksgiving is Miami’s long-running White Party Week (305-576-1234; whiteparty.org), offering pool parties, dances, and other events. Then head to the slopes in January for Aspen Gay Ski Week (866-564-8398; gayskiweek.com), featuring hot tub parties, costume races, and more. In February, go down under when Sydney’s Mardi Gras (mardigras.org.au) celebrates its 35th year with an entire month of festivities.

Family-friendly outings

With a fifth of same-sex couples now braving parenthood, savvy vacation outlets are starting to cater to the kiddie crowd. New York-based trip operator R Family Vacations (917-522-0985; rfamilyvacations.com) organizes summer camp experiences at Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut, and Wonder Valley Ranch Resort in Sanger, California. Or, how about the Happiest Place on Earth? Though not sanctioned by Walt’s people, Gay Days (888-942-9329; gaydays.com) at Orlando’s Disney World is one of the country’s largest pride events, attracting more than 160,000 guests. It will be held May 28 to June 3 in 2013; expect to see a sea of participants’ red shirts at the Main Street USA parade and beyond.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

> Top US destinations for LGBT travelers

1. New York City

2. San Francisco

3. Las Vegas

via Vacation options for single seniors and gays and lesbians – Magazine – The Boston Globe.

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