1 | ELIA BEACH, MYKONOS
...and Paradise and Super Paradise beaches. Any of these three are known for the biggest gay crowds, although Elia is currently the gayest one, now that Paradise and Super Paradise have been discovered by straight couples. This is one of the gayest places on earth, attracting gay men from all over the world to its blue waters. The waterfront bars often turn into clubs on summer nights.
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2 | PINES BEACH, FIRE ISLAND
One of the most famous gay destinations in the world, Fire Island offers gay-friendly accommodation, shopping, events and nightlife. Pines Beach and Cherry Grove (where nudity is allowed) are the gayest beaches, especially on summer weekends. If you spend some time in Manhattan's gayborhoods, you'll recognize some of the faces and bodies here.
3 | SITGES
Sitges' beaches once seemed to be almost exclusively gay, but today they're a gay-straight mix, although gay men are clearly the majority during the warmer months. They're usually sunbathing at Playa de la Bassa Rodona, across from Hotel Calipolis. Those who prefer nude sunbathing head to Playa del Muerto or Playa de las Balmins. Sitges is just a 45-minute train ride from Barcelona, and is especially popular during Gay Carnival in February.
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4 | ES CAVALLET, IBIZA
Ibiza is one of the world's most popular destinations for sunbathing and partying, for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. On the southern end of the island is Es Cavallet beach, where the gays go for some nude sunbathing.
5 | IPANEMA, RIO DE JANEIRO
The boys from Ipanema are tanned and toned. Home to some of the world's sexiest bodies, Rio de Janeiro has become a hot gay destination and home to a sizeable gay population. The gay section of Ipanema is to the east of Rua Farme de Amoedo, where party promoters often give out flyers to the muscle men, announcing the gay parties at clubs later on. The scenery is beautiful, but no one is really looking at the natural beauty.
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6 | SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI
Miami is a party destination for everyone, gay and straight. Naturally, some of America's biggest gay parties take place here, on South Beach. Before hitting the clubs at night, gay men work on their tans at 12th Street and Ocean Blvd, where rainbow flags are often seen at lifeguard stations. In Sunny Isles, North Miami, is Haulover Beach, for nude sunbathing.
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7 | HILTON BEACH, TEL AVIV
This surprisingly open-minded beach city has a spot where gay men have been swimming and sunbathing for years. It's the beach by the Hilton Hotel, although those who prefer to be clothes-free head to Gaash beach about 35 minutes north of the city. By the Hilton you may also find some gay parties on Saturday nights.
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8 | NORTH BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY
There are about half a dozen gay-friendly beaches in Sydney, some with secluded spots for nude sunbathing. The most popular for men in speedos is North Bondi just outside Sydney, with white sand and waters that are also great for surfing.
9 | BEACH 19, LISBON
South of Lisbon is this nude beach that has become predominantly gay. It's huge, wild and sandy, attracting guys of all ages to the Atlantic and dunes behind it. The natural scenery has made many say this is the most beautiful gay beach in Europe, and it's quite a peaceful spot, always with enough space to spread your towel.
It's not easy to reach by public transportation, so you need to rent a car or go on a tour: Day Trip to Lisbon Gay Beach 19
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