Summer is upon us and if you’re looking for a great spot tocool off … or get hotter … here are 10 gay beaches you’ll definitely want tocheck out.

 10. Little Beach (Maui, HI)

Don’t let the name fool you!  This popular clothing optional spot is aboutone mile south of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort in south Maui.  Walk to the beach, turn right, and hike overthe promontory at the end to "Little Beach." The far end is thegayest and the bevy of bronzed guys and gals is definitely worth the trek. (Check out hotels in Maui)

9. Oval Beach (Saugatuck, MI)

Known as the “Provincetown of the Midwest,” Saugatuck ishome to Oval Beach, a bastion of the LGBT community.  The unspoiled dunes of Lake Michigan'seastern shore and the back dunes area of Oval Beach make this the perfect spotfor sunbathing in the nude. 

8. Wreck Beach (Vancouver, Canada)

It’s kind of a hike to get to this sandy oasis in VanCity,but well worth it.  Nudity is allowed andencouraged at this remote spot of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which can beaccessed from the Wreck Beach Trail Loop. There’s no better place to check out the British Columbia’s naturalbeauty! (Check out hotels in Vancouver)

7. Elia Beach (Mykonos, Greece)

Elia epitomizes fabulous gay Greece.  You can get there either by car, scooter orquad bike directly from your hotel or by bus from Mykonos town.  A boat will bring you back for a cost of 6euros and about a 40 minute ride.  Findyourself a Greek God or Goddess on the sand, then venture to a nearby bar orrestaurant for lunch above the shoreline and take in the great view of the bay.

6. Hippie Hollow (Austin, TX)

A well-known nude swimming hole for decades, Hippie Hollowis remote section of the shoreline of Lake Travis.  The area became more popular in the 1960s dueto the cultural changes of that era and after Woodstock, the nickname ‘HippieHollow’ was born. (Check out hotels in Austin)

5. Farme Beach (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Popularized by the song “The Girl from Ipanema,” thisworld-famous beach gives foreign visitors a sense of life in Rio, displaying across-section of different lifestyles, chic boutiques and eateries set againstluxurious apartment buildings.  The gayspot at Ipanema Beach is east of Rua Farme de Amoedo, between Posto 8 and9.  You can´t miss it!  There are rainbow flags and Ken look-a-likeseverywhere.  You don’t have to be in topshape to join the fun. 

4. Haulover Beach (Miami, FL)

This legendary haven is mostly a hangout for men, but youwill also find lesbians and straight revelers camping out too. Rent a chair orumbrella from Boucher Brothers or lay a towel in the sand like the localsdo.  You’re sure to love the view of theshoreline and the tan, fit hotties that frequent it.  No trip to Miami would be complete withoutchecking out this sun-kissed paradise! (Check out hotels in Miami)

3. Black’s Beach (San Diego, CA)

It’s a workout to have to hike down the mountain to getthere, but definitely worth it.  Black’sBeach is not only San Diego’s only clothing optional beach but one of the mostbeautiful sections of the SoCal coastline. It is hit or miss with the hot bods, like most clothing optionalbeaches, but there is a fun vibe and you can get away with drinking here. (Check out hotels in San Diego)

2. Fire Island (Fire Island, NY)

You can’t leave Fire Island without enjoying the beach.After basking in the sun, dive into the Atlantic Ocean.  Fire Island is separated from Long Island bya series of interconnected bays and automobiles are only permitted on the eastand west ends.  You can get anywhere youneed to go by boat, sea plane or ferry (either Bay Shore or Sayville).  While hundreds of thousands of touristsfrequent this quaint haven in the summer, Fire Island has a permanentpopulation of just about 500 people, so there’s plenty of natural beauty tobehold beyond the Chelsea boys.

1. NorthBondi Beach (Sydney, Australia)

If it’s a sunny summer day, you’ll find a plethora of hotmen and women basking, strolling and cruising at North Bondi Beach.  This is the only beach front that faces thesouth of Sydney, so you’ll avoid the breeze and wind.  The North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club has someof the sexiest lifeguards in the world. If you like blonde, bronzed boys in speedos, aussieBums or board shorts,you won’t be disappointed. (Check out hotels in Sydney)

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