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Brazil’s Best Gay Destinations

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Discover Brazil's Best Gay Destinations

Learn all about Brazil’s best gay destinations, some of which you may have never even heard of! Brazil is not only one of the most exuberant, beautiful and culturally vibrant locations on the planet, and it’s also one of the most LGBT-friendly destinations in South America.

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A wide acceptance of the gay community makes Brazil an ideal place for gay travelers to explore. Wondering what you should do and see while you’re there? Here are some destinations for a fantastic gay holiday.

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's Best Gay Destination For City Life

Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s gay-friendliest cities. It’s also super popular as a winter gay travel destination when the northern hemisphere cools down. 

Everyone knows Rio especially for their annual carnival. One of the most vibrant, colorful, joyous carnival festivals on the planet, it’s fair to assume that Rio is a party city. Don’t focus only on that though! This gay favorite has a lot more to offer.

Brazil's best LGBT destinations

Rio is home to numerous beautiful beaches and mountain retreats as well as gay-friendly areas like Leblon, Copacabana and Ipanema. 

While visiting these locations, you’ll happily see gay pride flags flying proudly above LGBT bars. Expect beach tents where you’ll make lasting memories while enjoying fabulous cocktails. It’s definitely the perfect party atmosphere.

Don’t forget to take a ride on Rio’s famous cable car!

Bonito: Brazil's Best Gay Destination For Snorkeling

Bonito has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, definitely up there on gay traveler’s lists of paradise destinations. Stunning caverns in the region are similar to the Cenotes you would find in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Get ready for some epic snorkeling opportunities. 

Brazil's best gay destinations for snorkeling

Also, being a gay traveler in Brazil is quite easy given the country’s laid back and accepting atmosphere. Here in Bonito, tourists of all shapes, genders and ethnicities enjoy the crystal seas and stunning lakes. Don’t forget to bring your Speedo!

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

If you’re a nature lover, you’re definitely going to want to pay a visit to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. One of the most secluded destinations in South America, it is the perfect place be yourself while embracing the natural landscape.

All travelers have this unbelievably dreamy location on their travel lists. But, I must say this national park tops the list of Brazil’s best gay destinations for it’s surreal vistas.

Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Freshwater lagoons sit by the side of endless sand dunes and since it’s only a stone’s throw away from the vibrant city of São Luís do Maranhão. Once you’re done exploring, I suggest you head off to grab some excellent crab soup or cocktails at the gay-friendly Go.63 Thermas Club, a stellar spa and club.

Armação dos Búzios: Brazil's Best Gay Destination For Surfing

Armação dos Búzios is a charming little seaside town with a reputation for being extremely gay-friendly. A popular spot in the 60’s, the beautiful French film star Brigitte Bardot frequented the area.

It’s absolutely the place to be if you’re ready for beautiful beaches, surfing, upmarket restaurants and the luxurious Armaçāo hotels.

Brazil's best gay destinations for local beaches

Be sure to visit the Joao Fernandes and Joao Fernandinho beaches for snorkeling. Also check out Turtle Beach! I hope you’re ready for the most relaxing Brazilian adventure ever.

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Salvador: Brazil's Best Gay Destination For Local Culture

Salvador de Bahía is popular with gay vacationers for it’s vibrancy. Bursting with beautiful music, explosions of color and more a plethora of culture, the state of Bahia is home to the largest population in the north of the country. 

Brazils best gay destinations

This region boasts amazing ancient architecture alongside vibrant modern nightclubs, beaches and restaurants. One thing you won’t want to miss is the Carnival of Bahia, which is second only to the one in Rio.

There’s certainly more than one reason why Brazil’s best gay destinations top so many lists of places to visit around the world. Amazing natural landscapes enthrall us, from the mountainous shores of Rio, to the beautiful and other-worldly sand dune oases in Lençóis Maranhense. 

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