Nick Carvell takes a look at attitudes, rights and regulations affecting LGBT communities around the world.
Australian budget airline Virgin Blue has decided to cash in on the pink pound ahead of Sydney’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations. Virgin Blue will be running a special flight catering for those attending Mardi Gras in Sydney. The flight from, Melbourne to Sydney, which takes roughly one hour will set the party goers back A$199 (Roughly £100)
A survey of the worlds best gay-friendly cities has placed Sydney at the top of the list. The survey conducted by online travel agency Expedia.com.au, named Sydney for its plentiful gay bars and nightclubs in the Darlinghurst and Newtown areas, reports the Daily Telegraph.
A new iPhone app has been created in order to entice LGBT visitors to London by providing all relevant information to enjoy the experience to the max at the touch of a button, whilst on the move.
Although little known to British gays and lesbian travellers, Puerto Vallarta (link to http://www.amroholidays.com/gay-central-america/gay-mexico/gay-puerto-vallarta.htm) variously know as PV or PVR after the local airport code, seems to become more and more popular each year as a gay holiday destination. With a superb all-year round warm and sunny climate, beautiful fine sandy beaches, mountains and lush tropical jungle close-by and a first rate gay scene, it is easy to see why.
Once a small Mexican village over looking the Bahia de Banderas of the Pacific Ocean, PV has grown over the past twenty years into a modern holiday destination. But it is the old town or Zona Romantica which is well away from the high rise modern chain and family hotels, that still retains its old Mexican charm and is the centre of life for the gay and lesbian traveller.
Here you will find the Playa de Los Muertos beach which will be the centre for most of your day activities. There are several gay owned beach bars and concessions along this short stretch of beach for water-based activities, beach chairs and sunshades. As the sun starts to set over the ocean, many head for the top floor bar of Blue Chairs and its happy hour to mingle with fellow travellers and watch the sunset.
Within a few minutes walk are many gay-owned or managed restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world and as the evening wears on, many head for one of the many gay bars and clubs which cater for every taste and fetish.
But to pass all your stay on the beach is to miss many of the charms of this corner of Mexico. Pretty well every form of water based recreation is available on the Bahia from sailing to surfing, snorkelling and scuba to a wide variety of fishing and a day at sea is to be recommended. Behind the town, the lush mountains offer jungle treks, wildlife spotting and a number of high energy activities such as zip wires and tarzan swings.
There is wide selection of gay and gay friendly places to stay right in the Zona Romantica to suit all budgets. Most popular is the gay owned Abbey Hotel (link to )
which offers value accommodation one block back from the beach. If you hanker after a seaview then the San Marino (link to http://www.amroholidays.com/gay-central-america/gay-puerto-vallarta/36/gay-san-marino-hotel.htm) is a famous 4 star property with an adults only pool and predominantly gay clientele. Self-catering apartments are available at Blue Seas (link to ) http://www.amroholidays.com/gay-central-america/gay-puerto-vallarta/36/gay-blue-seas-apartments.htm where well-euipped one or two bedroom apartments are available many of which over look the gay section of the beach. For those who wish to stay outside the Zona in the hills overlooking PV, Casa Cupula (link to ) http://www.amroholidays.com/gay-central-america/gay-puerto-vallarta/gay-casa-cupula.htm is an exclusively gay and lesbian guest house with stunning views over the ocean.
Sadly, PV is not the most accessible of destinations from the UK involving a 15 hours flight either via the US or Mexico City and an overnight return flight. With such a complex journey, it is best to use a specialist gay tour operator such as Amro Worldwide (Link to )www.amroworldwide.com
Review: Courtesy of Amro Worldwide.
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