When it comes to a long vacation or a weekend getaway, all you need is a vacation spot where you can be free and be yourself. After all, good vacation destinations mean a place of peace and fun. You should NOT have to look over your shoulder all the time.
Unfortunately, not everyone has it easy while selecting their next vacation spot. For instance, take lesbian singles, lesbian couples or a lesbian group traveling together.
To be honest, safe gay travel for men is a bit easier than it is for women. It starts with the vacation listings themselves. Often when a vacation listing says “gay friendly” it doesn’t mean it is also “lesbian friendly.”
We recommend checking out lesbian travel discussion boards for good reviews. Calling in and checking with the hotel/resort on how lesbian-friendly they are is a good idea too. Not all places which are safe for lesbian group travel can be good for lesbian singles travel as well.
Best cities for lesbian holidays
You may want a great vacation in the company of women, or you may bring your lady companion along for your vacation. You may be looking for romance during the holiday. Or, you may be hoping to find a partner.
Whatever is the objective of your holiday, our list of the ten best places for lesbian holidays will be useful for you.
This list suits fine for all kinds of lesbian travel – lesbian singles, lesbian couples and lesbians traveling in groups.
1. Provincetown, USA
A small fishing town at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Provincetown is The Hub for lesbians. Today Provincetown is known as a safe place for lesbians. This city grabs position number one as the most lesbian-friendly vacation spot.
It also has great vacation activities in the city. It has attractions such as rich art galleries, beautiful restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife.
Provincetown offers you the liberty of enjoying yourselves as a lesbian without any fear. Lesbians from across the world come here at Provincetown and enjoy their holidays at their own pace. This is one place where you may find a lot of love as a lesbian.
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2. Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Northampton is also one of the best vacation spots for lesbian singles. Did you know in 1992, The National Enquirer had dubbed Northampton as Lesbianville U.S.A?
In fact, the western city of Northampton draws the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers every year. As an added bonus, law permits gays and lesbians to get married in Massachusetts.
Since there are various colleges and universities, the average age of the city remains low. This means the excitement is on a high always.
If you plan your holiday in May you can also attend the LGBT Noho Pride fest. It celebrates the vibrant Lesbian and gay community of the city.
3. San Francisco, USA
San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. It doesn’t matter if you are a first time visitor or a regular one, this city offers something for everyone.
You can see a great population of lesbians in the city throughout the year. San Francisco city embraces lesbians with great fanfare and keeps them close to its heart. In fact, this is where gay nightlife, gay culture, and gay politics was born.
If you are a lesbian on a holiday, there are a great number of exotic restaurants to start your day. In the night, you can visit a lot of pub and clubs to chill out.
4. Montreal, Canada
The city has got a great gay and lesbian scene because same-sex marriage is legal in Montreal. Le Drugstore, is a multi-story bar and dance club, designed for lesbians. Le Drugstore provides a lively, sporty environment to all the lesbians who visit Montreal. The place is rich with booze, dancing, parties, flirting and gaming till the classy pub shuts down at 3 a.m..
If you are single lesbians visiting Montreal, you must visit Rue Sainte Catherene. St. Catherene has got a great nightlife, exciting shopping options, and exotic restaurants. You would wonder at the variety of cuisine it offers.
During your vacation, do try out the many dance bars and clubs that lesbians own. They offer strip dance shows too. Montreal is also a great place for a lesbian make out vacation if that is what you have in mind.
5. Las Vegas, USA
It’s true that Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. The city offers lots of night parties, gaming, and nightlife to all travelers. When you plan your visit as a lesbian single or lesbian couple to Las Vegas, make sure it includes a Saturday night. All traveling lesbians find Las Vegas a tourist paradise. This holds true for people who are traveling alone or in groups.
The Booty Bar, an exclusive dance club for lesbians, begins at 11 pm. Those who have spent an evening here come out gushing! The Booty Bar is a hot, sensual place for lesbian entertainment. Since this is an all-lesbian joint, if you are lucky you may also go home with a special someone once the party is over.
All lesbian vacationers to Las Vegas prefer to visit Valley of lesbians: valley of fire. This valley would give you a whole new view of the world. If you want to breathe in fresh air, you must visit this valley. The valley is perfect for lounging or enjoying from a distance.
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6. Portland, USA
Portland has one of the biggest concentrations of the lesbian crowd on the West Coast. Many women – lesbians or not – visit this place to feel free from rest of the World.
The lesbian traveling visitors find Portland a very comfortable and entertaining place to visit. You can for once see yourself reflected in the majority of faces that you pass on the streets of Portland.
Egyptian Room in Portland is the place where lesbian ladies make the best of their nightlife. With a large dance floor, two bars and a karaoke room, this Egyptian Room is best to visit on Friday and Saturday nights.
Besides lesbians, Portland is famous for coffee and bookstores. Portland gives you a great variety of gay and lesbian novels and magazines that would match your interests. If you have got an interest in music, Portland Lesbian choir would be the place to visit.
Once you have had a vacation in Portland you will want to holiday here again. The nickname of this city is Lesbianville of West.
7: Sydney, Australia
Sydney’s fight to become lesbian friendly destination has been long and arduous. Now that nobody stares at lesbian singles and lesbian couples, Sydney has become the gay and lesbian capital down under. Thanks to the integration, now the LGBT community is a visible and vibrant part of Sydney lifestyle.
In fact, Sydney’s lavish annual Mardi Gras celebration is the focus of the gay world in February-March, every year. This LGBTQ event has been going on for the last 40 years – one of the longest in the World.
Bondi Beach and Newtown are exciting areas to explore in Sydney. Opera House performances are available on all days. Sydney also has amazing food and wine opportunities.
When you are in the Australian capital, do try out McIvers Baths, Sly Fox and Exchange Hotel – the finest lesbian bars in town.
Thanks to all these, Sydney becomes the perfect vacation destination for both lesbian singles and couples.
8. Paris, France
It isn’t without reason that Paris in France is also known as ‘Gay Paree.’ While, Le Marais is the mainstay of lesbian (and gay) nightlife, you can be as much a lesbian as you want in rest of the city as well.
Display of affection between lesbians happens is common in public and doesn’t raise eyebrows. In fact, Paris is the European capital for all things lesbian.
If you are planning a lesbian single or group tour to Paris, we recommend you check on the events calendar first – one of the best time to visit is late June when the Gay Pride Day happens.
Some of the finest lesbian pubs are 3W Kafe, les Jacasses, La Champmesle etc.
One of the must visit Paris attractions for lesbians is the memorial in front of Hotel de Ville. This is where a gay couple was burnt to death in 1750. Yes, the last couple to be punished for being gay in Paris.
During your holiday in Paris you can take along your lesbian partner and visit Legay Choc bakeries. Penis-shaped edibles are a hit here. The best source for all information on lesbian travel to Paris is the Center for LGBT in Paris.
9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There’s no law against homosexuality in Brazil. The Government has been coming with LGBTQ friendly policies to make the city even safer. Did you know that 25% of all people who come for a vacation in Rio de Janeiro are LGBTQ? No wonder Rio de Janeiro is called the gay capital of Latin America.
All through the city, you will find cafes, restaurants and drinking spots. These joints welcome lesbians with open arms.
During your lesbian getaway in Rio you will come across the abbreviation GLS many times. It is the Brazilian short form for “Gays, Lesbians, and Sympathizers.” If you see a board saying GLS, it means that anybody with an open mind can walk in. Rio is a city without prejudice.
If you are a lesbian single traveling alone the best way to meet another lesbian traveler is by visiting the many beaches in the city. At the beaches, you will get invited to many parties and events which can also help you meet other lesbians.
You can double the fun by planning a lesbian group tour to Rio around the Rio Carnival.
10. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is one of the most affordable and yet romantic vacation spots for lesbian singles, lesbian couples or groups of lesbians. But, you must know that Thais’ understanding of lesbians is a bit different from others. This confuses them a bit when they meet lesbian from the Western world.
Thais are slightly conservative. A part of Bangkok still believes that a lesbian couple includes a ‘butch’ lesbian who dresses up as a man and a ‘Femme’ lesbian who dresses up as a lady. But don’t you worry, the Thais are very tolerant of lesbians and gays. So much so, they don’t have separate lesbian bars – any bar you walk into is lesbian friendly. Some of the bars frequented by lesbians wanting to paint the town red are – Zeta, Vega Café, The Balcony etc. More on Lesbian nightlife in Bangkok.
Public display of affection by lesbians is alright during your Bangkok vacation. But, if you move out of the city center and into the suburbs it is advisable to tone down a bit. Thailand is also moving towards official recognition of same-sex unions.
There are a few more cities in the World that make a great vacation for a lesbian single or lesbian groups. Some of them are Palm Springs, Seattle and New York City. Don’t take our word, book your next singles or group travel package to one of these cities to know. Just in case you were looking for clothing optional beaches and resorts in Florida.