Why do you go on holiday? For the suntan? For new experiences? To escape the daily grind? To blow off steam? Whatever the reason is, we’re willing to bet that you want to feel relaxed and free to be yourself.
In that case, what better place to spend your vacation than at a gay resort? Luckily, being gay is increasingly socially acceptable in most countries but no matter your situation, we’re sure you’ll appreciate spending time somewhere you can be 110% yourself, without a single double-take. At a gay resort you can feel totally comfortable being you – having fun, enjoying the pool and chilling out.
There are so many gay resorts now that you’ll definitely find one that suits the type of USA gaycation you’re planning, whether you want to party, strip down, sunbathe, do sports or try new activities. And you get to do whatever you want in the company of other open-minded folk. It’s amazing how quickly you can form friendships with people at a gay resort – it’s as though knowing everyone there has something in common means there’s no judgment and you can connect easier.
Most USA gay resorts are in the fabulous Palm Springs and in Florida, mainly Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West – after all, many of us gays love to chase the sun! However, there are more springing up all over the country and each one has its unique appeal.
Remember that some gay resorts might be clothing optional – which for us, merely adds to the sense of freedom you feel while here. However, if you’re more retiring (no judgment) then make sure you read the small print before booking! Wherever you go, make sure you go with an open-mind and enjoy shedding those inhibitions. You can go alone, with your other half or with a group of friends – however you travel, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome at a friendly gay resort.
Really for us the main appeal is that it’s a chance to spend our holiday somewhere totally judgment-free. There’s no pressure to be a certain way or hide any aspect of who you are; it’s just about having a good time. So let’s have a look at some of our top USA gay resorts for your next fabulous gaycation. There’s something for everyone on this list, so enjoy narrowing down your choice and enjoy your trip!
Starting with a gay resort that has everything you need all in one place – famous Hotel Gaythering truly is a place to ‘gayther’, with a bar and men-only sauna on-site. This means you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your accommodation to have a drink and get to know new guys (it’s the dream).
We love the contrast of the bright and breezy exterior, with its white balconies, against the sexy décor inside, all black leather and red accents. While not that close to the beach, the resort lays on a free shuttle service to the local gay beaches – or you could borrow a free bicycle and freewheel around the Magic City. Alternatively, sip a craft cocktail in the bar and see who else drops by!
This friendly resort oozes Palm Springs retro chic with its pale green and blush pink exterior walls, sun loungers around the modest pool and rooms with fully equipped kitchens (for when you feel like a night in). The grounds are a real selling point for Vista Grande and they work hard to keep them beautiful.
A blue lagoon, complete with waterfall, adds to the picturesque surroundings and you’ve got a stunning view poolside of the desert mountains in the distance. It’s clothing optional, so you can feel free to enjoy the water on your skin and truly relax in the sauna and steam room. It’s a liberating feeling! The amazing staff are the cherry on top of the cake, always going the extra mile to help you enjoy your stay.
We love the bright and breezy sea-front rooms in this welcoming and uninhibited resort, but what really sticks out is the famous Tea Dance that they host pretty much every afternoon in summer by the pool. Enjoy throbbing dance music and making new friends as the sun goes down over the horizon and everyone gathers on the deck.
While it’s one of the best-known USA gay resorts, it is not exclusively gay as everyone is welcome to join in the sun (you’ll find a higher proportion of LGBT travellers). When people aren’t dancing on it, the pool deck is great to relax on and the clean, comfortable rooms make ideal retreats.
This adult-only guesthouse is a gorgeous restored 1902 building with a white clapboard façade surrounded by deep green vegetation. The rooms are just as welcoming as the exterior: simply but elegantly decorated and fully equipped. Alexander’s claims to be good for your soul and you certainly end a stay here feeling rejuvenated.
Spend days (and evenings) lounging by the attractive pool, feeling the magic as dusk falls and eating your continental breakfast here in the morning. Adding to the peaceful ambience are the incredible staff, who are friendly, helpful and welcoming. Step through the doors here and you know you won’t need to worry about a thing.
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From the chilled to the hedonistic, this bright and cheerful gay men’s resort is the place to come if you want to party a bit and meet some friendly guys. There’s a free and easy vibe at CCBC with a totally judgement-free atmosphere. You can splash around in the pool or unwind in the Turkish steam bath.
The rooms are large and comfortable – while they’re not spectacular, they are very welcoming. The pool area gets pretty spectacular at night when it’s lit up with neons! It’s clothing optional as well, with a designated play area.
Palm Springs takes the crown in the US for clothing optional gay resorts and this one is a great example of why. Upon entering this idyllic resort, you immediately feel all your cares slip away. With hammocks swinging under palm trees, spacious pool area with views of the San Jacinto Mountains and outdoor fire pit, you know that you’re going to have a relaxing stay.
The large, air-conditioned rooms confirm this initial impression. Every need is catered for and many have French doors onto private terraces or seating areas. Come with a special someone for a romantic treat and enjoy your men-only retreat under the California sun.
This epic place shows other USA gay resorts how it’s done! The Worthington encompasses the Alcazar and Villa Venice Resorts and the Worthington Guesthouse, linking the three clothing-optional properties by well-kept gardens. Wherever you’re staying, you can enjoy the facilities at all three resorts, meaning you can pick your hot tub or pool depending on what kind of mood you’re in (they all have different vibes).
Not only do you have all these facilities, but the ocean is only 500 meters away! All of the staff and the other guests are super-friendly; in the rare case that you need a bit of a break from their company, your room is a lovely place to hang out and has all the amenities you could ask for. If you ever bring yourself to leave, there is also all the incredibly gay attractions of Fort Lauderdale…
It’s all in the name here at My Gay Miami Beach. Proudly and loudly LGBT, this fun complex of high-rise apartment suites is well-run and chic. With big and bright rooms, marble bathrooms and every comfort, you’ll find this ‘apart-hotel’ perfectly suited for your next gaycation in Miami.
It’s less than a 15 minute walk to Indian Beach Park. If that’s too far on some days, then simply hang out by the on-site pool to top up your tan. There’s also a restaurant and bar in the complex – the ideal way to meet fellow vacationers!
Just like its namesake, Florida’s biggest LGBT resort is colourful, flamboyant and here for a good time (OK, we don’t really know if flamingos are the most fun-loving animals, but it’s a good guess!). A couple of miles from the Gulf of Mexico coast and close to Gay Tampa, the Flamingo boasts not only an outdoor pool and sun terrace, but no less than six bars, five shops and a dance club.
This is what makes it stand out from other USA gay resorts – the sheer passion for fun and play that the resort demonstrates. The rooms are more than adequate, if a little outdated, but it’s the friendly staff and lively atmosphere that will make you want to keep coming back here. We love the events like Drag Bingo, the Sunday Tea Dance and Showtime Saturdays.
OK, guys, pack light and get ready to enjoy retro chic at its finest at Escape Resort, one of the oldest clothing optional resorts in Palm Springs. The beautiful 1950s building is one of the top draws here; so is the atmosphere of tranquility created by the flourishing gardens and chilled-out pool area. We love floating around the pool on one of the inflatables, enjoying the view of the mountains.
It’s definitely not about the cruising scene here, although of course flirtation is never off bounds! But Escape is for people who want to escape the party circuit and simply enjoy a chilled-out gaycation with no need to put on swimwear unless you want to! Tastefully decorated rooms complete the experience.
This isn’t just one gay resort, it’s two-in-one! There’s the main resort and the ‘Annex’ and both are as fabulous as each other. On South Warm Sands Drive, moments from the centre of the city, these clothing optional resorts have a range of rooms, from studios to deluxe king suites. If you’re feeling flash, opt for a room with a Jacuzzi (why not, you’re on gaycation!).
It’s always playtime at All Worlds – there are five swimming pools, indoor and outdoor mazes, two hot tubs, a dry sauna, a steam room and playrooms. Endless options, right? You can see why people never leave the resort! It’s adult-only and clothing optional, with a party atmosphere, so expect to flirt a lot!
Let’s be honest, you didn’t expect to see somewhere in Oklahoma City on our list of USA gay resorts, did you? But the Hotel Habana (or Habana Inn) is a whole 170 rooms, two swimming pools, a restaurant and a bar of gay, adult-only resort. It’s not the most stellar place we’ve ever been but if it’s closer than heading to California or Florida, it’s worth a visit.
In the heart of the city’s gay district, this is an affordable place to stay where most guests are feeling footloose and fancy free. The bars on-site are always buzzing, as are the pools. Friendly staff keep the mood positive and the rooms, while a bit dated (although renovations are underway), are comfortable and clean.
This over-21s gay resort and campground truly makes the most of the spectacular West Virginia landscape, being located on top of a mountain. In fact, it’s on a slope that means the permanent buildings are structured on stilts and the drive up there isn’t the best. But once you’re there, oh boy is it worth it. Breathtaking views, beautiful surroundings and every amenity you need, plus super-friendly staff who help you feel right at home.
Spend your time here in the buff if you want (clothing is optional) and enjoy relaxing by the pool, on the sun deck or in the hot tub. For the more active among us, the 222 acres of land covered by Roseland offer hiking and mountain biking trails. It’s a little bit of paradise and a totally unique holiday option.
The lush tropical gardens and buzzing pool area at the members-only Parliament Resort let you know immediately that you’re somewhere pretty fun. The 70 motel rooms are in cheerfully-coloured buildings and it’s all kept enclosed by a privacy fence, making you feel like you’ve truly escaped from the outside world. Guests have to be over 21 and men – the vibe is quite cruisy, so it might not be best for a romantic couple’s getaway!
But if you like exploring new experiences and open-minded people, then this is the place for you. The team working here always goes the extra mile to ensure you have a comfortable stay and there’s a wealth of facilities to enjoy.
You have to be a member to stay at this expansive camping resort, but it’s definitely worth it if you come to the area often. The 161 acres are beautifully maintained and include campsites, trailer parks, a lake, nature trails and a lively pool area. The surrounding Pocono Mountains are a lovely area of the country and this LGBT clothing optional resort is a great place to experience staying here.
If camping in a tent isn’t your scene there are some cabins and luxury trailers available. Everything you need is on-site, available in the camp store, and the Clubhouse hosts parties on the patio and an evening bonfire to enjoy the starry night.
We know what you’re thinking: Vermont is not the first place you think of when you consider a nudist resort gaycation. Nevertheless, this gay-friendly (but open to all) resort is open all year round and is one of the most serene places you can imagine. Communing with nature here is a really special experience, from the walks by the river to the naked morning yoga to the popular Sugar Shack Club on-site.
There’s a campground which is great in summer, but if you come in the colder months you might prefer the bed and breakfast or a room in the Meadow House Inn. The beauty in the changing seasons makes it a romantic place to visit any time.
‘Hideaway’ is the perfect name for this adult-only gay and lesbian campground nestled among 6 lakes in the heart of Georgia. It’s an open-minded playground for grown-ups where you can fish, walk, chill, eat or party (or all of the above and more!). Fabulous events take place even on quiet weekends, from drag cabaret to dance parties.
It’s another members-only spot but you get a lot for your fee. Choose to camp if you love the outdoors life or rent a comfy cabin on the side of the water. The saltwater pool is a great place to unwind and watch the world go by; if you need to relax even more, head to the sauna! Roy takes pride in ensuring guests have a fantastic stay and there are lots of lovely extra touches all around the grounds.
Could anything be more tempting than this cute resort name? It’s a charming gay-owned and operated mountainside resort that welcomes men and women from the LGBT community. We love the quirky rooms and the cute clapboard houses that form the complex, all set around a pond and with some gorgeous walking trails.
While they have plenty of activities on offer, including tennis, shuffleboard and rowing, you can just as easily spend your days chilling by the pool or in the hot tub. Guests tend to be super-friendly, so you’ll definitely find people to chat with. The food at the bistro is a much higher standard than you’d expect and as you can imagine we love the drinks there, too! They fly their rainbow flag proudly, and so can you!
33 acres of wooded land, log cabins, bunkhouse and trailers await you in Saugatuck, Michigan. But it’s not the facilities that makes this place special; it’s the warm welcome, the feeling of being part of a family when you stay here. A gay and lesbian outdoor community has been created here with adult-only weekends and family-friendly time during the week.
If you’re here for the natural surroundings then there are nature trails and parkland to satisfy your yearning for the outdoors. If you feel like letting your hair down after a long week, you can do that here as well. Friday nights start the weekend off with a social gathering and there are often events throughout Saturday and Sunday. A store on site keeps you stocked up with supplies and the clubhouse and pool become the heart of the area.
In gentle competition with Campit is the Dunes Resort, providing a safe haven for the LGBT community in the Midwest (and beyond) for 36 years. It’s grown to become one of the biggest in the area, encompassing various accommodation options, entertainment venues, a sociable swimming pool and the show bar, where you can enjoy cabaret performers do their thing.
It’s so big here, that it feels like a self-contained community with tons of things to do. Personally, our favourite thing to do here is to sit in one of the poolside cabanas and people-watch. There’s always a vibrant atmosphere at The Dunes and plenty of goings-on to keep an eye on! The Vinyl Lounge is another place you can kick back with a book, a game or a TV show – it’s always good with these resorts to know that there’s somewhere more chilled to go, aside from all the party areas!
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