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LGBTQ+ Winter Getaway: Top Destinations for Your Escape

Traveling abroad for the winter is "snow" laughing matter. To LGBTQ+ travelers, it can be serious business, especially when looking for a travel destination that's both inclusive and relaxing. We know how much you want to find the perfect LGBTQ+ winter getaway destination, and we’ve got you covered.


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Here’s our list of the top LGBTQ+-friendly destinations perfect for your next winter getaway.


Cancun, Mexico


Cancun Beach Resort
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If you want to escape the unbearable cold into a warm and tropical paradise, there’s no better place to visit than Cancun, Mexico. This vibrant city has countless beaches, monuments, water sports, and LGBTQ+-friendly spots.


Cancun is renowned for its diverse range of activities and establishments. If you’re seeking adventure, there are plenty of water sports, hikes, and ancient monuments to explore. Are you hoping for more luxury? Trips to the local spas, a practice with a beachside yoga class, fine dining, and more await in Cancun. And you must visit the white sand beaches along the peninsula while you visit - they are truly divine! We recommend you stay at the Iberostar Selection Cancun All-Inclusive Resort to stay close to the LGBTQ+ beach of Cancun: Playa Delfines.


Caribbean Cruise on Explora Journeys


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Speaking of the destinations near the Caribbean, we have something special to offer you…


Did you know that Explore Journeys sails new Caribbean itineraries all winter long? Starting November 17th, Explore Journeys will host consecutive cruises through the Caribbean Sea. Pack your bags and prepare to board the cruise of your dreams. Explora Journeys is a new luxury cruise line that offers a true boutique experience at sea. For more details about Explora Journeys, schedule a free consultation or visit our Explora Journeys page to learn more.


During these cruises, you will see the many wonders of the Caribbean Sea, including breathtaking waterfalls, towering islands, pristine beaches, and more. These cruises come with plenty of activities to do while on board. You could hike through rainforests, wander through ancient temples, lounge on local beaches, and more. The possibilities are endless!


Queensland, Australia


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Queensland, Australia, is the perfect place to visit this winter if you want something unique and exciting. Endless rainforests, beaches, festivals, and more await you in Queensland, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll never run out of things to do.


As one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly places in the world, Queensland is filled with beautiful cities for you to thrive in. Sydney, Australia, is notorious for its queer-friendly amusements and festivals, but don’t gloss over the other cities! Cairns, Port Douglas, and Brisbane are stunning cities as well. Visit them all and indulge in their specialties (we hear the dining in Port Douglas is unbelievably delicious).


Don’t forget about Queensland’s incredible beaches! As the name would suggest, Rainbow Beach is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly beaches in the world, so be sure to add it to your “Australia To-Do” list.


Montevideo, Uruguay


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As one of the most underrated LGBTQ+-friendly travel destinations, Montevideo, Uruguay, is a fantastic place to visit during winter. This energetic city is complete with hotels, nightlife, and amusements suited for queer couples traveling.


Not only does Montevideo have an incredible culture - this city is one of the friendliest in the world. Montevideo is primarily known for its delicious cuisine. Our top restaurant picks include Garcia (famous for its grass-fed beef) and La Cocina de Pedro (the most LGBTQ+ friendly restaurant in the city).


Apart from restaurants, Montevideo also holds many historical treasures. Many museums, theaters, parks, and palaces cover the city streets. And don’t forget about the electric LGBTQ+ nightlife. Montevideo is loaded with dance clubs, bars, and drag shows that welcome the queer community with open arms.


Oahu, Hawai’i


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If you want to escape the freezing weather but don’t want to travel too far from home, consider Oahu, Hawai’i, for your ideal winter getaway. It may be in the United States, but its vastly different culture and tropical vibes will make you feel like you’ve traveled across the world.


Once you land, you can explore the incredible beaches and gorgeous scenery waiting for you. Waikiki Beach, Lanikai Beach, and Kailu Beaches are famous for their soothing sands and relaxing waves. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!


Oahu is also home to gorgeous hiking trails, luscious restaurants, commemorative monuments, and relaxing amenities. With so much to do on Oahu, you’ll never grow bored!


Phuket, Thailand


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Phuket, Thailand, is famous for its vibrant culture, fresh seafood, relaxing beaches, and endless collection of water sports. This gorgeous island will have something special for you, no matter what you want on your winter getaway.


Phuket is a captivating city with captivating natural scenery to match! Patong Beach, Surin Beach, and Yanui Beach are all stunning beaches to visit. Water sports, including diving and snorkeling, are all offered by friendly and welcoming tour guides. Khao Phra Thaeo National Park and Krating Cape are great places for romantic hiking with your partner.


Wanna party on the island instead? There’s no shortage of LGBTQ+ influence in Phuket for you to explore. Soi Paradise, near Patong Beach, is one of the most lively places on the island to visit. Many of the businesses are gay-owned and/or supportive. Be sure to give them all a try!


Valletta, Malta


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If Malta isn’t already on your“Dream Travel Destinations” list, add it soon! This island has many beautiful temples, beaches, restaurants, and clubs. It’ll be sure to warm you up all winter long!


Malta is famous for its wide range of activities and accommodations. Ready to rendezvous on the beach? Riviera Bay and Gnejna Bay are renowned for their seclusion and privacy, making them the perfect spot to whisk away your loved one for a secret date. Want to explore the local culture? Upper Barrakka Gardens, MUZU Museum, and Lascaris War Room are famous historical monuments perfect for your visit.


There’s no shortage of LGBTQ+-friendly places to visit in this gorgeous city. You can check out our ultimate travel guide to Malta if you want to learn more. We put our top picks for hotels, restaurants, clubs, and more in there, so be sure to check it out!


Are you ready to escape the chilly winter and dive into a tropical paradise? You can schedule a free consultation with a Rainbow Getaways travel specialist! As one of the top travel agencies for LGBTQ+ tourists, we'll cater a flawless trip abroad with your identity in mind.


Rainbow Getaways proudly helps travelers of the LGBTQ community (and our allies) research, plan, and book incredible vacations where you feel confident and comfortable enjoying and exploring your destination. We plan each vacation to meet your specific needs, so you'll have an experience just as unique as you.



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