Fortunately, when it comes to LGBTQ-friendly beaches, there are more and more options springing up in the USA and around the world. We still have a long way to go (especially in certain regions), but even with increased acceptance, some beach areas have proven themselves time and time again to be the most gay, queer, and trans-friendly than the competition.
With that, here are some of the top LGBTQ-friendly beaches in the USA!
Miami Beach, Florida
All beaches in Miami Beach, Florida, are gay-friendly. However, the beach at 12th Street and Ocean Drive is particularly welcoming. You'll see gay flags flapping in the summer breeze and same-sex couples walking hand in hand down the sand. Plus there's great people-watching, and places to grab a cocktail while you relax and look in as the elite Miami beachgoing crowd passes by.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach has long-been one of the most gay-friendly towns in the US. Better yet, the beach boardwalk hosts a strip of restaurants, shops, hotels, arcades, and other attractions for lots more sun-soaked fun just beyond the sand.
Fire Island, New York
Fire Island is an ultra-thin little strip of land off of Long Island, New York. And it's host to a whole smattering of gay-friendly beaches. This tiny area is basically just a stretch of close-kit, intimate shoreside communities, and has been known for its gay-friendly beachfronts for decades. Being so well-established has given Fire Island a well-earned reputation as one of America's most gay-friendly spots to soak up the sunshine.
"Little Beach" in Makena State Park -- Maui, Hawaii
The "Little Beach" at Makena State Park in Maui draws gay and queer couples from around the world. You get classic Hawaiian beauty here, in a secluded little pocket of Maui that's hidden through a volcanic lava flow trail. The hike isn't too long, but enough that you get a mini-adventure on the way to the idyllic beachfront that lies in wait at the end.
Sebastian Street Beach -- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Once rated the "Hottest U.S. Gay Beach" by Out Traveler magazine, Sebastian Street Bridge in Fort Lauderdale is popular yet low-key, with a chill and inclusive vibe where everyone will feel welcome. You can rent lounge chairs and beach umbrellas or just lay down your towel and enjoy that Florida sand. For an ultra chill beachgoing experience, go during a weekday. You won't get any of those weekend crowds, and get a much more private beach day where you'll get more peace and quiet.
Long Beach, California
The communities of southern California's Long Beach have always been open-arms kinds of places, and its beachfronts are no exception. The gay beach town vibe comes out full force in Long Beach, with rainbow crosswalks and gay-friendly bars and retaurants. Alamitos Beach is probably known as the most LGBTQ-friendly, but lovers and newlyweds of all stripes will also feel welcome at Mother's Beach and Rosie's Dog Beach. Dog-lovers (and haters) take note: Rosie's is a place for couples who don't mind sharing the sand with some enthusiastic four-legged friends!
Provincetown, a quiet fishing town at the tip of Cape Cod, has the unlikely honor of one of the most gay-friendly towns in the country. It's not quite as much as a "beach destination" as the other entries on this list, as its main attractions lie in the town itself rather than the beaches. But we knew we would be completely remiss not to give it at least an honorable mention. Herring Cove Beach is a popular option in the area, but really, Provincetown is more about the funky, alternative/hippie, anything goes free love vibe of the (very) walkable downtown area.
Although varying degrees of quiet prevail during the winter, fall, and spring, during the summer Provincetown comes boisterously to life with Mardi Gras-like pride parades, outrageous drag shows, and lots more over-the-top queer-friendly fun. The restaurants This town is most definitely a must-add for any LGBTQ couple's bucket list.