8 Best Gay Honeymoon Destinations (Updated 2024)

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The Best Honeymoon Locations For A Same-Sex Couples

When it comes to a gay or lesbian honeymoon destination, you’ll find eight of the best n the world right here. If you’re in search of other romantic spots, we’ve also got you covered.

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Let’s hope the recent years of gay and lesbian wedding and honeymoon cancellations are over so this very special ritual may continue for every couple in love.

If you’re planning your gay honeymoon after getting your wedding right, here is a list of the best gay honeymoon destinations guaranteed to welcome you on your special day.

Gay Honeymoon Destinations:

1. French Polynesia

image of french polynesia overwater bungalow

One of the most popular gay honeymoon destinations is French Polynesia. Made up of 118 volcanic and coral islands, including Tahiti and Bora Bora, where same-sex marriage is entirely legal.

Just the mention of ‘Tahiti’ to most people brings up visions of inviting beaches, palms fronds swaying in the warm breeze, and crystal clear waters.

Set on a beautiful blue lagoon, Bora Bora is a volcanic island with flawless white sandy beaches and a coconut tree dotted coastline. You will recognise it for the overwater bungalows and one of the purest blue waters you will find.

Average Cost$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitTahiti and Bora Bora
Activities – romantic & otherwise Water sports of all kinds
Diving with sharks and stingrays
Jet ski tours
Island hopping
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

2. The Maldives

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The Maldives is warm and friendly to all visitors. The beautiful huts above the ocean floor are rare and the laid-back atmosphere makes it an ideal place to visit.

If you choose The Maldives for your gay honeymoon, you will not be disappointed. An archipelago of around 1,200 islands, The Maldives are one of the great luxury resort destinations in the world.

The sea surrounding the resorts is crystal clear and although the area is under sharia law, the resorts do not operate under these laws as they are privately owned.

Average Cost$$$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitLuxury resorts over 1200 islands
Activities – romantic & otherwise Day trips and excursions
Food, wine and nightlife
Tours and Sightseeing
Walking and biking tours
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

3. Seychelles

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Seychelles offers idyllic island resorts and beautiful 5-star hotels for your post-wedding celebration. It is one of the few places in the Indian Ocean where being LGBTQ+ is legal.

Try the famous North Island if you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury. Other options include the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles or the Raffles Hotel on Praslin Island. 

The most difficult decision you will have in The Seychelles is choosing a resort in which to stay – the choices are enormous. You do however have an array of different kinds of resorts, from boutique to large all-inclusive versions.

Average Cost$$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitBoutique to Luxury resorts and many of them
Activities – romantic & otherwise Day trips
Nature and wildlife
Photographic and 4WD tours
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

4. Thailand

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Thailand is an excellent LGBTQ+ destination any time of the year. Although it is a fairly lengthy plane ride, it is also well worth consideration for your gay honeymoon.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Lanta to Phuket, or Pattaya to Koh Samui, Thailand is filled with inexpensive places and experiences and very special people.

Transport to Thailand and within the country is very efficient and cost-effective.

Pattaya is by far (outside of Bangkok) the gayest enclave, featuring Boyztown and Jomtien with a regular bart bus going between the two. A variety of accommodation is on offer and, of course, always a friendly Thai boy to assist with your plans.

Average Cost$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitBangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Pattaya
Activities – romantic & otherwise Visit the Grand Palace (Bangkok)
Enjoy a Thai massage (you may request a male or female)
Visit the floating markets (Bangkok)
Hire a motorbike and explore
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

5. South Africa

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When visiting South Africa combine a safari at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and with relaxing on the beach at Mauritius’ Constance le Prince Maurice.

Another choice is to drive the famous Garden Path, which begins in Cape Town and continues through South Africa’s Winelands before concluding with a safari.

The de facto gay capital of Africa is Cape Town and its bustling gay village.

Not dissimilar to London’s Soho or Greenwich Village in NYC, Beefcakes and The Pink Panther is very popular gay clubs in De Waterkant making it one of our top and best gay honeymoon destinations.

Average Cost$$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitCape Town, and the various Wildlife Safaris on offer
Activities – romantic & otherwise Gazing out over Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain
Luxury safaris. Your chance to check out the Big 5
Some of the best wine in the world
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

6. Mexico

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The Riviera Maya in Mexico is one of the many places you should consider when planning your gay honeymoon.

It’s one of the best places in Mexico to host a LGBTQ+ wedding, but also your gay honeymoon. The Viceroy Riviera Maya and the Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita are two of the best hotels in the region.

Find out all the information you need via our guides on Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Cabo San Lucas.

Average Cost$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitMexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Tulum, Cancun, Riviera Maya
Activities – romantic & otherwise Take your pick from a load of gay bars
Luxury hotels
Perfect beaches
Excellent Cuisine
Buzzing Nightlife
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

7. Italy

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The shores of Lake Como or Lake Garda must be on your list of possible destinations for your upcoming wedding and gay honeymoon.

On the banks of the lakes, you’ll find not only some of Italy’s finest lands but also some of the country’s most stunning scenery.

While there are many others, the tourist’s favourites are Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como and Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda. 

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Average Cost$$$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitLake Como, Rome, the Vatican, Sicily and much more.
Activities – romantic & otherwise The stunning properties of the Lombardy region’s mountains and hills
Grand Hotel Tremezzo by Lake Como
Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli by Lake Garda
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

8. Greece

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This list of best gay honeymoon destinations would not be complete without including the stunning Greek Islands. If you want a unique gay honeymoon destination, this is the place.

Aside from the obvious options of Mykonos and Santorini, you can also consider the smaller islands of Naxos, Paros, Skiathos, and Skopelos. Any of these islands can be regarded as heaven on earth.

The most glamorous island in Greece is Santorini. It’s also one of Europe’s best gay honeymoon destinations. The blue domes of Santorini’s churches appear in the background of so many honeymoon photos.

Average Cost$$$
Popular Landmarks to VisitLake Como, Rome, the Vatican, Sicily and much more.
Activities – romantic & otherwise – in SantoriniThe world’s most ‘Instagrammable’ island
Flawless Mediterranean lights
Endless Aegean blues
Whitewashed buildings
Excellent boutique hotels
Cave hotels
Guaranteed a very romantic experience
How Gay Friendly?Very (You will be safe here)

If you and your partner are traveling anywhere, please remember to make sure you check out the WHO recommended destinations and advice.

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