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Hottest Gay Beach
It’s not just about the size or which is easiest on the eyes, it’s about which piece of sand holds that special place in your heart.
Rio de Janeiro is made for wearing little to no clothes and Ipanema Beach is part of the reason why. Ringed by mountains and populated by the beautiful people, it's no surprise Ipanema is regularly named the sexiest beach in the world.
Made up of two distinct resort towns, the small barrier island on the coast off Long Island is as hot as the name suggests. Though it’s a small adventure just getting here, once your sandals hit the boardwalk you’ll realize the journey’s well worth it. From the Pines to the Grove, there’s enough nudity and partying to keep you beyond busy at the beach.
Just 30 a minute drive from Barcelona, and host to the Gay Carnival, Sitges and its beaches is one of the reasons you packed for Spain in the first place. L'Home Mort is one of Sitges most beloved beaches and it's a gathering point for some of Europe's most gorgeous gay men and women.
Pu’u Olai Beach in Makena State Park in Maui is easy to miss, but difficult to forget. Even for Hawaii. This little gem is a sanctuary for those wishing for a little privacy and a lot of fun. Though the beach tends to be as much of a gay/straight mix as it is a nudist/surfer mix, just head furthest from the entrance to find the boys of summer. Usually a great little crowd awaits, with lots of impromptu dancing and singing (and special cookies and brownies sold to the sunbathers).
One of the few gay beaches in Southern California, this two mile strip of sand is a good place to escape the heat of another summer in the city. Head towards the volleyball courts and as soon as the board shorts start turning into boy shorts, you’ll know you’ve found your crowd. Though it’s ok to forget your shorts altogether, most gays forget that there’s an ocean, so just don’t forget your cooler and your stereo.