PRIDE 2022: TOP 7 LGBTQI+ DESTINATIONS
We've prepared a list of islands worth your attention and have some fun festivals and carnivals.
May 17 is marked as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, so we decided it’s the perfect time to plan your MUST-VISIT Pride travel guide for 2022 🏳🌈 Of course, we offer to visit them all, but… we know life sometimes happens, so make sure to include at least one in your summer vacation plans!
PUERTO VALLARTA | May 23 - 30
Taking place annually ever since 2011, Puerto Vallarta has been recognized worldwide as an LGBTQ mecca. According to the pride organizers, this year, Vallarta Pride will be taken to another level: internationally renowned talents & epic events will be waiting for you here. Your first checkpoint should definitely be the Playa de Los Muertos Beach. It’s known as PV’s “gay beach” for a reason - that’s where you’ll feel the spirit.
The best place to stay in Puerto Vallarta during the Pride is the Romantic zone (you’ll find plenty of gay bars, restaurants & gay clubs here).
Almar Resort Luxury LGBT Beach Front Experience
Mexico, Puerto Vallarta
⚡ Set on the old town's Playa Los Muertos beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this upscale resort is 2 km from the lively Malecón boardwalk.
⚡ Featuring terraces, the chic studios offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, and safes. Some have whirlpool tubs and/or ocean views. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites add kitchenettes and living/dining areas.
⚡ Valet parking and breakfast are complimentary. There's a private beach featuring sun loungers, cabañas, and a hip bar and grill, plus a rooftop terrace with a sundeck and an infinity pool. Other amenities include a fitness center and hot tubs. Activities such as kayaking, volleyball, and surfing are available.
1 swimming pool | Non-smoking rooms | Fitness center | Free WiFi | Restaurant | Room service | Airport shuttle | Bar | Beachfront
If you’re eager to get THE ONLY oceanfront gay resort in Puerto Vallarta 👆, hurry up, it’s getting booked quickly!
TEL AVIV | Jun 8 -12
Tel Aviv is known to be one of the most gay-friendly cities globally, and it hosts the largest (and one of the only) Pride celebrations in the Middle East…in the whole world, if we’re talking facts. The very first Pride here was in 1979… Imagine?
If you’re not available to stay there for the whole Pride, we recommend prioritizing the final weekend: the biggest Parade along the seafront takes place & the afterparty on the beach is not to miss! Pssst, Shpagat is one of Tel Aviv’s most popular gay bars - must try!
If other cities have certain gay-friendly zones, the whole of Tel Aviv can be named as one. That allows you to pick your dream hotel without wondering how to stay in the center of events.
One of our recommendations: Inta Hotel 👇. It’s Tel Aviv’s first ‘urban gay hotel’ and offers incredible service & amenities.
Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo
⚡ Nestled in a restored Ottoman building that dates back to the 1920s, we are located a short walking distance away from the old heart of Jaffa and the wonderful TLV beaches.
⚡ Centrally located, INTA is within walking distance of Tel Aviv’s renowned beaches, Jaffa’s iconic flea market, trendy Florentine, Tel Aviv nightlife scene, and other notable cultural points of interest.
⚡ Each of our rooms has been recently renovated and uniquely designed to provide a comfortable and aesthetic experience, blending in Tel Aviv’s hip lifestyle together with the old-time flavor of Jaffa. Our standard rooms are larger than most, our deluxe are truly big and can accommodate up to four persons, and our superiors come with a large leafy terrace with an open view.
Non-smoking rooms | Free WiFi | Free parking | Terrace | City view
NEW YORK | Jun 15 - 26
We ain’t kidding - the Pride in New York lasts for 2 weeks straight, and there’s a reason: it’s close to the most enormous Pride worldwide. It’s been held since around 1969 and offers a variety of activities during it. A MUST to visit for every person who comes for Pride is the West Village, where the gay rights movement was born.
Hell’s Kitchen is NYC’s most outstanding LGBTIQ+ neighbourhood with the main streets of 9th & 10th Avenues: you’ll find gay-friendly everything there.
New York EDITION
USA, New York
⚡ This luxury hotel in an iconic skyscraper dating from 1909 is across the street from Madison Square Park and an 11-minute walk from the Empire State Building.
⚡ The sophisticated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and rainfall showers. Studios have entrance foyers, and expansive suites include vaulted ceilings and living areas. Penthouse suites add kitchens, plus separate living and dining areas. Most quarters offer park, city, and/or Empire State Building views. Room service is available 24/7.
Non-smoking rooms | Fitness center | Restaurant | Private parking | Room service | Tea/coffee maker in all rooms | Bar | Spa | Event space
If you want to be in the center of action & feel like you’re ready to splash a bit: The New York EDITION 👆 is our number one.
BARCELONA | Jun 23 - 26
Having around 250,000 visitors every year ever since 2008, Barcelona Pride is one of the most popular ones in Europe. The event offers a variety of entertainment: from conferences to mass concerts, from exhibitions to movies.
Make sure to stop at Platja de la Mar Bella, which is the main gay beach in Barcelona.
The official lineup is to be published soon.
The best neighbourhood to stay during the Pride is L’Eixampleoften, often called “Gaixample”. There are plenty of LGBTIQ+ beauty salons, saunas, bookshops, etc.
Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa- Adults Only
⚡ This stylish, gay-centric hotel in Barcelona's self-styled "Gayxample" neighborhood is a 5-minute walk from the Universitat metro station and a 12-minute walk from the Plaça de Catalunya.
⚡ The modern rooms provide minibars, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs; some have balconies or terraces. Upgraded rooms feature iPod docks, while suites add separate sitting areas. Room service is available.
1 swimming pool | Non-smoking rooms | Room service | Restaurant | Private parking | Fitness center | Very good breakfast | Rooftop bar | Hot tub | Sauna
Very highly recommended option in the center of Gaixample 👆
LONDON | Jul 2
Theater, dance, art, cinema, parties - that’s the least of what’s waiting for you in London. It’s the biggest Pride celebration in London. This year, it will be the 50th anniversary of the first Pride in London, which guarantees an even more spectacular experience.
The official program hasn’t been announced yet, but there’s a whole page dedicated to queer events happening in the city, not only during the Pride day. There you can find information about protests, exhibitions, classes, etc., all in one place. It’s worth checking out if you want to feel the Pride vibe but are visiting on other dates.
Important note: you gotta visit Admiral Duncan, one of the oldest gay pubs in London.
Definitely, the best neighborhood to stay during Pride: Soho. It’s the hub of London’s LGBTIQ+ places & activities.
The Piccadilly London West End
United Kingdom, London
⚡ Set among the theatres of the West End, this relaxed hotel in a beaux-arts building is a 4-minute walk from Leicester Square tube station and a 13-minute walk from the British Museum.
⚡ The warmly furnished rooms feature free Wi-Fi and TVs (flat-screens in most), plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms offer microwaves, evening turndown service, and include wine. Suites add 4-poster beds and sitting areas.
Non-smoking rooms | Fitness center | Facilities for disabled guests | Restaurant | Room service | Spa and wellness center | Tea/coffee maker in all rooms | Bar | Breakfast
If reading this, you felt like “Soho, here I come,” we recommend The Piccadilly London West End hotel 👆 which is located right next to it.
AMSTERDAM | Jul 30 - Aug 7
This one’s genuinely exceptional since it takes place on the boats in the most popular Amsterdam canals. Being the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, The Netherlands guarantees an unforgettable stay by making everyone feel welcome.
Amsterdam is like Tel Aviv, and the whole city is there to party, but the Reguliersdwarsstraat part is a must-visit or even stay at. It’s located in the center of town, so you’ll be in the heart of Pride the whole time.
Eden Hotel Amsterdam
The Netherlands, Amsterdam
⚡ Overlooking the Amstel river, this unassuming hotel is a 3-minute walk from the nearest tram station, 1 km from the bustling Red Light District, and 2.3 km from the Anne Frank House museum.
⚡ Laid-back rooms with modern decor offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemaking facilities.
Non-smoking rooms | Facilities for disabled guests | Family rooms | Parking | Free WiFi | Tea/coffee maker in all rooms | Very good breakfast | Bike rentals
Eden Hotel 👆 is located super close to Reguliersdwarsstraat & Amstel.
PALM SPRINGS | Nov 4 - 6
The first Pride in Palm Springs took place in 1986 and could be called one big gay town. The reason it became one is often believed to be the film industry. Palm Springs became the hideaway to many artistic personalities, trying not to show their sexuality. Nowadays, here you can find a variety of gay-friendly places.
Visit all of the city, but Warm Sands & Arenas are home to the best gay entertainment spots.
The Hideaway Hotel
USA, Palm Springs, CA
⚡ Set at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, this adults-only, 1947 mid-century modern hotel is a 5-minute walk from Palm Springs Art Museum and 2 miles from Palm Springs International
⚡ Featuring patios and mountain views, the 10 retro, poolside rooms have free Wi-Fi, TVs, and wet bars, along with sitting areas and record players. All offer minifridges and coffeemakers; suites add living areas and kitchenettes.
1 swimming pool | Non-smoking rooms | Free parking | Free WiFi | Continental breakfast | Lounge | Lawn space | Fire pit | Loaner bikes
That’s how you imagine a getaway of one of the Hollywood stars? Why not experience it yourself?