1. Iconic San Francisco
San Francisco has long been an iconic destination for gays. The "City by the Bay" is one of the world's most spectacular, open and vibrant, attracting millions of tourists each year. Gay San Francisco is integrated into every aspect of the city's life, from nightlife to politics to fashion to construction. And gay life extends way beyond the famous Castro; you'll find gay people everywhere. Gay bars, restaurants and business are sprinkled through many of the city's neighborhoods as well as the spectacular wine estates of the Napa Valley.
The bar/club scene here is as diverse in age, race and interests as any in the world. Expect to rub shoulders with Caucasians, Latinos, Asians and African-Americans. The transgender community has a special place here, and difference is honored as perhaps nowhere and no time else. There's a large leather & "bear" community, a number of places for the younger club/party boys & girls to dance, and a variety of neighborhood and video bars where crowds mix liberally. It's the special kind of place where a queer Silicon Valley billionaire and a recent gay immigrant with little more than a job might socialize in the same bar and think nothing of the difference. San Francisco easliy maintains its reputation as the cool, cosmopolitan city of love.
2. Exhuberant Rio.
This city of 6 million people has an infectious appeal that makes it easy to fall in love with its many impressive qualities. Of course, mere mention of Rio’s name evokes images of sun drenched beaches, samba parades, a laissez faire attitude to life and muscled bodies to die for, or jump on! This is a city that pulsates with energy and yet effortlessly maintains a sultry guise.
It is a city of true contrasts - amazingly beautiful, dangerously intriguing and sexy as hell! Rio is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and also the undoubted cultural and cosmopolitan centre of Brazil. Situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn the climate is tropical all year round with an average temperature of 24 degrees. Tucked between the mountains and the sea, this exuberant city has a natural beauty matched by few other cities in the world; truly there is something here which will appeal to everyone.
The local residents of Rio, known as ‘Cariocas’, are a friendly bunch who will be more than happy to share their knowledge of the city with you and everywhere you’ll find people approachable and welcoming. The main language is Portuguese but most people you’ll come into contact with will also have at least a rudimentary grasp of English, so communication should not be a problem. Some basic Spanish will also help and you’ll soon find that body language is a universal language that is spoken very effectively here. Rio de Janeiro’s reputation with gay travelers is based on an intoxicating cocktail of glamour, beauty, and sex appeal. Long before Rio became a high-profile destination on the queer map, it was on the A-list for globetrotting celebrities and the super-rich.
One tip: word of mouth works wonders in Rio. If you`re savouring a nice, cool chopp (the local lager), don`t miss the chance of striking up a chat. Rio people truly have a soft spot for a gringo.
3. Welcoming Sydney.
The abiding image of Sydney is one of blond bodies frolicking on white beaches under blue skies stretching as far as the eye can see. Or, maybe, outrageously happy crowds cheering the floats and spectacle the annual Mardi Gras parade. Or, even, families and friends hanging out at Fair Day the week before the big event
The reality is just that, and more. Sydney has emerged as a thriving gay metropolis, with huge Asian and Latino immigrant populations making it one of the most multicultural in the world. While there are venues dotted throughout the sprawling city of more than four million, gay social life is centered on and around Oxford Street in the Darlinghurst neighborhood in the Eastern 'burbs. It is lined with thriving clubs, restaurants and pubs. Party-break destinations include heavily gay Bondi Beach, where the volleyball is more speedo modelling than sports competition, panoramic Harbour Bridge, colonial history of The Rocks, and the world renowned Sydney Opera House.
Where else in the world can you be at work in a truly dynamic business city at 5.30. and on a golden beach lapped by a clear, warm ocean at 5.45.? Answer: nowhere.
And "hi" Matthew Mitcham.
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