A Scruffy Guide to Gay Winter Holidays

Happy New Year my lovely friends :) The Gay Winter is here!

Yes we are at the start of the cold season in the Northern Emisphere, and it is so freezing that a getaway to the warm countries is in order soon… where should we go?

To welcome 2017 in the way it deserves, I prepared a selection of my favorite hot spots to visit this long gay winter season: 5 places around 3 continents. Plenty of options for everybody!

Here are the Scruffy suggestions for the best holidays in this very happy new Gay Year!

Gay Winter Holidays : Gran Canaria

There is only one place in Europe, very convenient and affordable, where is Summer all year around: it is Gran Canaria!

Gay Winter for Gios in Gran Canaria beach
Gay Winter for Gios in Gran Canaria beach

You know I love Maspalomas Beach very much: the perfect place for a dip in the Ocean any time of the year. The Yumbo Center oganizes a great New Year’s Party, and in general all winter is packed with people escaping the cold season from Northern Europe.

If you are looking for a bit of gay winter action Gran Canaria is definitely the best option. Between February and March the island of Gran Canaria is the stage of a few big events: The Carnival of the city capital of the island, Las Palmas Carnival, Maspalomas EuroCarnival which takes place in the Yumbo Center, Maspalomas Bear Carnival Immediately after… so many events, so much fun! Check out the Scruffy Guide to Maspalomas to find out more about Gran Canaria and its gay life!

Gay Winter Holidays : Tel Aviv

In Israel you are sure to find sun almost every day of the year!

Scruffy Gios - Hilton Beach
Scruffy Gios – Hilton Beach

Its capital, Tel Aviv, has amazing beaches with perfect temperatures all year long. As you already know I have been to Tel Aviv twice, joining one of the best Gay Pride Parades in the world. The main gay beach of Tel Aviv, Hilton Beach, is always crowded, and there is plenty of things to do in the Israeli Capital: the gay nightlife is amazing! Check the Scruffy Guide to Tel Aviv for more suggestions.

Gay Winter Holidays : Phuket

Thailand is definitely a great destination for some gay winter fun!

Funny Gios on Patong beach
Funny Gios on Patong beach

Most likely, international flights will land you in Bangkok: my suggestion is to spend at least a weekend there before heading down south to enjoy the beach. Check out the amazing Gay Life of Bangkok in my Scruffy Guide.

The most gay friendly destination on the Thai coast is definitely Phuket. I spent there a few days last year at the beginning in January: I was blessed by sunshine, hot temperatures… and hot men obviously!

I stayed in the Sundowners Guesthoue, right in the center of the gay action, walking distance from the beach, and the gay beach obviously. Phuket is kissed by the sun all area around, and there is a lot of things to do in the area: Check out my Scruffy Guide to Phuket to discover more!

Gay Winter Holidays : Bali

Another great option in Southeast Asia is Indonesia: Given its location, so close to the the equator line, you can find hot weather and sunshine most of the time.

Gios on Bali beach
Gios on Bali beach

Bali definitely the most gay friendly destination all over Indonesia. It is also the best place for a great holidays with family and friends for big celebrations. Last winter I spent a few days in the amazing Artisan Villa in Seminyak. I definitely recommend it for either a great occasion or just a special romantic weekend!

When you are in Bali you feel in a very special place in the world. The atmosphere is buzzing and its international vibe makes everyone feel welcome. Only one note: the Northern Hemisphere’s Gay winter falls during monsoon season. It means that some days of your holidays will be a bit wet, but overall your holidays on the beach will be great! And the gay nightlife of Bali is amazing! Check out the Scruffy Guide to Bali to find out more.

Gay Winter Holidays : Caribbean

OK, maybe not all of them are recognize as the most gay friendly places in the world. But the Caribbean islands are definitely a great option for a gay winter holidays. Especially if you want to escape from cold temperatures!

Cheeky Naked Scruffy Gios in St Lucia
Cheeky Naked Scruffy Gios in St Lucia

As you might recall last Summer I have joined an all gay Cruise on a Windjammer in the Caibbean. It was organized by Outings and Adventures. That was my first time in the Caribbean. The area amazed me: so many beautiful places and great landscapes!

If you have never been to the area, I suggest you to try this option!

Do you need more recommendations? Or maybe do you need me to show you around? Feel free to drop me a line! As you know I will be more than happy to help out! I wish you a very happy 2017! I am looking forward to giving you many more travel tips and suggestions in the new year. Sincerely,

Scruffy Gios

Buongiorno :) What are you thinking?

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