10 Best Gay Nude Beaches in the World
We kickoff our countdown of the world's best gay nude beaches with our pop-up bonus beach: Jet's Naked Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We are absolute nature (and naturist!) fans, so we highly recommend this adventure! Not only will you find an incredibly sexy naked crew, you will land on a totally secluded beach only accessible by boat. On arrival, you can of course run around in your birthday suit, enjoy a refreshing swim, or just sit in the surf with a cold drink from the included open bar. The bartenders are also naked and gorgeous!
In addition, for one of the most impressive beaches in Mexico, don't miss the Hidden Beach on the protected Marietas Islands in Banderas Bay. Formally known as Playa del Amor, or Beach of Love, Hidden Beach is an exclusive destination that requires a 30+ minute boat ride and decent swim to reach. Check availability and book your tour here. Only 116 lucky souls are allowed daily, so it's imperative that you book well in advance. Now, let's start the countdown!
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10. Elia Beach, Mykonos, Greece
For our first official gay nude beach on the countdown, we head to Mykonos, Greece in the dazzling Aegean Sea. Elia Beach comes in at Number 10, and it’s been our favorite gay beach on the island for years. You've no doubt heard of Paradise and Super Paradise beaches with famed Jackie O's, but Elia Nudist Beach with its fine sand, crystal clear water, and natural beauty is much more our speed.
While the main stretch of sand at Elia Beach is well serviced with beautiful sun loungers and umbrellas (some with buttons to press for service!), you have to cross over the rocks to find the small gay nudist section of the beach. To find the gay section, head to the right from the parking area if you are facing the sea. You can't miss the giant rainbow flag. After a refreshing skinny dip, head to the one and only restaurant serving up some seriously delicious Greek food and drinks.
9. Verdinsel, Zurich, Switzerland
We stay in Europe for our next gay nude beach located surprisingly in Zurich, Switzerland. Unlike Elia, there is plenty of room to spread out along the Limmat River at Werdinsel, the gay community’s preferred beach to sunbathe, swim, and socialize naked. Head to the northwestern tip of the small island to find the FKK (naturist) section. Even in late September, we found the island teeming with naked gay men. You'll also find facilities and even concessions with shaded tables to enjoy a snack or cold beer in the textile area on the opposite end of the island.
8. Boy Beach, Provincetown, USA
Hopping across the pond to the States, Boy Beach at Herring Cove in Provincetown, Massachusetts, or P-Town for short, takes the 8th spot on our countdown. Like many of the best gay nude beaches in the world, Boy Beach is a trek, requiring a bike ride and lengthy walk through the wetlands to reach the secluded gay beach. There are no services on arrival, so bring everything you need with you: water, sunblock, snacks and a towel at a minimum. It’s also not officially a nude beach, but its remoteness makes it one unofficially.
7. Obelisk, Sydney, Australia
For our next gay nude beach, we head down under to Sydney, Australia, one our favorite gay travel destinations for gay nude beaches. You have multiple options from Lady Bay to Cobblers to Obelisk, our favorite and Number 7 on our countdown. If you have a car it’s a breeze to access with parking at the trail head, otherwise it’s an adventure by ride share (easiest and what we did), ferry or bus from the city center. On the plus side, you are rewarded with a sexy and fun crowd for your efforts, and a beach perfect for a refreshing dip. Again, there are no services at Obelisk, but come early to secure the best spot and enjoy a picnic with a view of Sydney Harbor.
6. Hanlan's Point, Toronto, Canada
After an impressive skyline view of Toronto from the harbor, the ferry over to Hanlan's Point drops you a short walk from the popular gay nude beach. Simply follow the well-marked trail and rainbow flags. We love the thoughtful sign at the entrance reminding everyone this is a historic queer space that should be respected. Hanlan’s Point Beach is pretty expansive with the gays congregating closer to the airport side of the island (to the right when facing the water). You’ll find singles, couples, and groups of friends enjoying the warm sunshine on a summer day.
5.Balmins, Sitges, Spain
Returning to Europe and our favorite gay travel destination in Spain, Sitges is known for its gay nude beaches and legendary nightlife. At Number 5, Balmins Beach has it all. It’s easy to access after a 10-15 minute coastal walk from town, and there’s even a full shaded bar with affordable drinks to stay or to go.
This beach is packed with sexy men especially during unbelievably popular Bears Week. We also like that the water at this beach is so calm, so it’s easy to hang out and meet new friends in the water.
For more travel tips and our complete Gay Travel Guide to Sitges, including our favorite gay hotels, bars, clubs, and restaurants, click here for our blog post and here to watch our YouTube video.
4. Black's Beach, San Diego, USA
Heading out west to sunny San Diego, California, our next beach is the best nudist beach in the U.S. At Number 4, Black's Beach is hugely popular with the LGBTQ+ community in Southern California and around the world. It’s the largest and most expansive gay nude beach on our list. After an amazing hike from the parking area down to the beach, walk north and you’ll easily spot the gay section and rainbow flags. You’ll also have plenty of room to spread out.
3. Sandy Bay, Cape Town, South AfricaFor one of our new favorites, we were blown away by the natural beauty at Sandy Bay, Cape Town's famous gay nude beach. It's simply breathtaking. To get down to the beach, you’ll need to hike about twenty-minutes from the parking and ride share drop off area, but you’ll be rewarded the entire way with stunning views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean.
Sandy Bay is definitely one of our new favorite gay nude beaches in the world. It’s remote, sparklingly clean, and just the right size. It’s not too big like Black's Beach in San Diego and not too small like Obelisk in Sydney. There’s also a friendly, young and attractive crowd here. And it’s pet-friendly, our favorite, with incredible mountain and sea views. The only downside to Sandy Bay is the uphill hike back to the road.
For more travel tips and our complete Gay Travel Guide to Cape Town, including our favorite gay hotels, bars, clubs, and restaurants, check out our blog post and watch our YouTube Video.
2. Playa del Amor, Zipolite, Mexico
If you like to relax on a rustic beach and watch unbelievable sunsets in the nude, beer in hand, you will love Playa del Amor, in Zipolite, Mexico.
As Mexico’s first legal nude beach, Zipolite is also not exclusively a gay-beach as most nudist beaches are of course open to everyone, but you’ll find gay flags at venues all along the main beach. At sunset, the gay community congregates over the stairs at the far east end of the beach at Playa del Amor, the beach of love. It’s a hugely social environment and great place to meet locals and fellow travelers for a beer or nude swim. In addition to spectacular sunsets, there are often fire performers, and the party goes late into the night.
For more travel tips and our complete Gay Travel Guide to Zipolite, including our favorite gay hotels, bars, clubs, and restaurants, click here for our blog post and here to watch our latest YouTube video. We've made numerous videos to help you plan a trip here, as we spent many months in Zipolite while we waited for our house to be finished in Tulum (another place you can swim naked!).
1. Playa del Muerto, Sitges, Spain
We’ve reached the end of our countdown, and Playa del Muerto in Sitges, Spain takes our top spot as the best gay nude beach in the world. It’s also our favorite. We love the trek along the iconic railroad tracks to reach the beach, and its history as the world’s first gay beach since the 1930’s.
Playa del Muerto is sexy, swimmable, and offers beach loungers for rent as well as a cafe just above the beach. There’s also a magic forest across the tracks and the infamous cave that you can adventure on over to later in the day. It’s a fun and friendly international crowd, and everyone at Playa del Muerto—and in Sitges in general—is ready to have a good time!
With two gay nude beaches on our countdown, we can’t recommend Sitges, Spain highly enough to consider for your next gay holiday. In addition to the best gay beaches, you’ll find incredible gay nightlife as well as reasonably priced hotels and restaurants. It’s truly a destination for everyone.
Latest VideoPlanning a trip to gay Sitges? Then don’t miss this video as we cover the best gay hotels, restaurants, bars and nightlife, and of course, the best gay beaches—basically everything you need to know to plan an amazing trip to Sitges. We show you the good, the bad, and the naughty 😈
Before we wrap up, we want to highlight a few of our honorable mentions that didn't make it on the countdown: Haulover in Miami, Florida; Lady Bay in Sydney, Australia; Little Beach in Maui, Hawaii (Drum Circle!); Lokrum in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Punta Križ in Rovinj, Croatia; Rooster Rock in Portland, Oregon; and Baker Beach in San Francisco, California. We have not yet been to Hippie Hollow in Austin, Texas or Wreck Beach in Vancouver, Canada, but they are on our travel list! If you have a favorite gay nude beach that we have missed, let us know in the comments on our Top 10 Best Gay Nude Beaches YouTube video. Thanks for watching, liking, sharing, commenting, and for reading this far!
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