Vitamin Sea – 12 LGBTQ-Friendly Beach Escapes
With people spending more time at home these days, it doesn’t hurt to have a postcard-perfect view to inspire wanderlust for when you’re ready to plan your next big trip. From the shores of Mexico, to the volcanic backdrops of St. Lucia, properties around the globe are serving serious #tropicalvibes that have us all looking forward to brighter days filled with beaches, sunshine and views that inspire.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Coming to Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, the thoughtfully designed Conrad Punta de Mita will offer travelers an authentic, tranquil respite - and the first Conrad resort in Mexico. Drawing influence from Mexico's rich history and unique culture, indigenous artwork will highlight its local Mexican identity. All 324 guest rooms and suites will boast views of the Pacific Ocean. Among the highlights, an indoor/outdoor spa complete with a traditional temazcal.
Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos
Offering the perfect balance of contemporary island luxury and feels-like-family hospitality, Wymara Resort & VIllas boasts one of the world’s brightest blue beaches as its backdrop, where the rosé-themed Pink Bar offers spunky twists on classic pink cocktails. For the utmost exclusive escape, book one of seven luxury villas, complete with their own over-water swim platforms with direct ocean access into protected waters.
Soufriere Bay, St. Lucia
Travelers who want to fully immerse themselves in a gorgeous tropical environment can’t miss St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain resort. The property’s cliffside, three-walled, open-air ‘sanctuaries’ feature touches like private en-suite infinity pools, 24/7 butler service, giant four-poster canopy beds, and sweeping views of the majestic twin Piton mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sparkling Caribbean Sea. From mud baths and jungle hikes to diving, snorkeling, sunset cruises, and more, the property offers endless activities for travelers who want to take advantage of their tropical surroundings.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
A chic beach resort on Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, W Punta de Mita is situated on one of the area’s best surf breaks, edged with lush rainforest that unfolds in winding, tree-lined paths. The resort features a design & decor inspired by native indigenous influences and the area’s local surf culture with amenities for days -- a gorgeous spa, private, incredible surfing program, a vintage Chevy truck turned beachside ceviche bar and suites with ocean views where guests can spot surfers catching waves in the distance.
Perfect for a relaxing digital detox, wanderlusters can rest easy at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa as Bali-style day beds, brunch baskets, margaritas by the infinity pool, restorative spa treatments, and gourmet culinary experiences await. With palm-studded grounds, more than 10 international restaurants, and newly renovated suites inspired by ancient Mayan influences, the resort is the perfect backdrop for a chic beach escape.
Fully embracing Curaçao’s “Live and Let Live” attitude and welcoming disposition, Curaçao’s oldest property, Avila Beach Hotel is where the Dutch royals regularly call home when they’re in town. Built around 1780, the property's rich history and exquisite charm have made it a favorite among royalty and travelers alike. Between the trendy rooms, two beaches, Jazz Bar, infinity pool, central location, and arguably the best keshi yena on the island, this property strikes the perfect balance of tropical luxury and European chic.
Palm Beach, Aruba
Set on the postcard-perfect beaches of Aruba’s Palm Beach, the LGBTQ+ friendly Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino welcomes travelers with its sandy shores and turquoise waters. Dig your toes in the sand and sip on a refreshing frozen cocktail while stretched out under a beach palapa and let all worries melt away. With the largest rooms and balconies on the island, spacious Mandara spa, 24-hour casino, two-story beachfront gym, 10 on-site restaurants, and a plethora of water sports available, the hardest decision travelers will have to make is which to enjoy first!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Renowned for its LGBTQ+ friendliness and close proximity to LGTBQ+ friendly bars, W Fort Lauderdale beckons travelers with its playful personality and sexy design. Take in the views of the city’s sultry shores from a private beachfront balcony, or take a dip at WET, the rooftop overlooking the bustling beach scene below. With colorful cocktails, an indulgent AWAY spa, and award-winning Stephen Starr cuisine, this hotspot mecca is the perfect place to live it up when visiting the Venice of America.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Located along the famed shores of Cape Cod and just a short drive away from the LGBTQ+ friendly neighborhood of Provincetown, Ocean Edge Resort provides an endless array of activities to enjoy, by land and by sea. Lounge along the resort’s 700-foot stretch of private beach, partake in an oyster farm tour during low tide, or spend some time on the water kayaking across Blueberry Pond. Travelers can stay active with the resort’s tennis, biking, yoga and golf, or opt to kick it back and relax at the intimate Beach House Spa, or unwind cocktail in-hand at Beach Bar overlooking the soothing shores.
Miami Beach, Florida
One of the only hotels along Ocean Drive with direct beach access, Marriott Stanton South Beach is situated in the exclusive South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach. Just a stone’s throw from the area’s top bars, restaurants and boutiques, this stylish Art Deco resort embraces a cool, trendy beach club vibe. Offering 224 rooms and suites, two pools overlooking the ocean, a sundeck, spa, fitness center, and two restaurants -- including Lolo’s Surf Cantina and Michelin Star concept, Azabu Miami Beach -- it’s the perfect place to experience everything that makes Miami, Miami.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Wake up to the sparkling waters and powder white sands of Clearwater Beach when staying at Opal Sands Resort. Located just steps from the beach, the property’s unique curved exterior treats guests to panoramic views of the coastal destination thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies in every room serving as the perfect frame. Visitors can top off their oceanfront escape by lounging by the zero-entry pool that overlooks the ocean, grabbing a frozen cocktail from SandBar tiki hut, or by taking the complimentary bikes available to guests to explore the area.
Key Largo, Florida
The first Key within the LGBTQ-friendly destination welcomes travelers of all kinds and offers a Caribbean-esque escape without ever leaving the country. Situated on 14 beachfront acres, Playa Largo Resort & Spa is an oceanfront oasis with 178 luxury rooms including 10 private bungalows and a three-bedroom Beach House. Kayak or fish along Playa Largo's private marina, lounge in a hammock on the private beach, enjoy a frozen cocktail at dockside restaurant Sol by the Sea, or indulge in a treatment at the coastal-inspired Ocean Spa.