Our fourth annual online Readers' Choice Awards was wildly popular. This year we had twice as many votes for the best of the best in gay travel. The following is a selection of winners. Many congratulations to all of our 2008 winners!
DESTINATION OF THE YEAR Gold: Argentina
Argentina has its capital Buenos Aires to think for bringing the land of Tango to the winner's circle in this category. Its gay-friendly vibe and appealing cultural fusion are a testament to the continuously evolving tastes of our faithful readers.
Exotic beaches, wildlife, and easy-going Australians keep gay travelers crazy for down under. A vibrant gay scene centered around Sydney probably helps too! Check out our cover story.
Spain has much to offer LGBT travelers, such as Madrid's gayborhood Chueca (one of the best in Europe) or the cultural Mecca that is Barcelona [link to: https://www.outtraveler.com/exclusives_detail.asp?did=767].
INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION Gold: Buenos Aires
Argentina's capital continues to be a destination of choice among LGBT travelers. With close to 25 gay bars and clubs, countless street caf?s, and legalized same-sex civil unions, Buenos Aires feels just as much like a European conurbation as it does a Latin American one.
Antoni Gaud?'s birthplace is our readers' runner-up destination for the second year in a row. An LGBT highlight is L'Eixample, the city's gayborhood.
Our readers love the city that sports both an anything-goes environment and the world's first monument dedicated to gays and lesbians.
DOMESTIC DESTINATION Gold: New York City
With Gov. David Paterson's decision that New York would recognize other states' same-sex marriages, it comes as no surprise that the Big Apple lands the top spot on our survey for the fourth year in a row.
Silver: San Francisco
With increasing buzz around Gus Van Sant's upcoming movie, Milk, the City by the Bay is more popular than ever with gay travelers.
The chic atmosphere of Ocean Drive, the happy hubbub of Lincoln Road, and South Beach's gay-friendly sands continue to sparkle.