Provincetown News and Information
Gay.com | by Ed Salvato with Justin Ocean
Since 1992, our annual awards have recognized the best of the best in gay travel. Formerly known as the OUT&ABOUT Editor’s Choice Awards, the 2006 PlanetOut Travel Awards shine a well-deserved spotlight on the best destinations, resorts, airlines and more. Check out the finalists in each of the following categories by clicking on the links below. At the end of May, we will announce our winners.
In terms of sheer density of gayness, the following five cities represent the best “resort” destinations for the queer traveler. From hordes of nightlife options to a quality, varied selection of guesthouses, each city below has made strides in catering to the gay market and offers a place to see and be seen, commune and relax among a large population of like-minded folk—gay or straight.
For gay fun in mainland South Florida, most think of South Beach, yet the gay torch has truly been passed to Ft. Lauderdale. With very early marketing efforts toward gay tourists and an open-container law that curtailed the spring-break party crowd, the area has embraced and continues to warmly welcome the gay market with its abundance of gay guesthouses, bars and prime beach action. More than 800,000 gay visitors a year agree. (http://www.sunny.org/rainbow)
Sleepy allure and isolated location be damned—Key West has been reinventing itself. With super-charming architecture, beautiful guesthouses (some 100 percent gay, including Pearl’s, “the Ritz of guesthouses for women"), a vibrant art scene and a nightlife that belies its size (think late hours, adult entertainment and dancers), this end-of-the-rainbow locale is fast becoming an almost boutique gay destination. (http://www.fla-keys.com/keywest/gaykeywest.htm)
Ogunquit is truly an in-the-know gay resort tucked into an idyllic and picturesque slice of Maine’s rocky coast. There’s a dedicated gay section to the beach and the bar scene is tiny but fun, even boasting a couple of nightclubs. With Quebecois on weekend jaunts, the town shows a surprisingly sophisticated side to its laid-back demeanor. (http://www.ogunquit.org, http://www.gayogunquit.com)
They say you can be reborn in the desert. That’s especially true in Palm Springs, a veritable gay oasis in the Coachella Valley. The warm, dry climate, eclectic and sophisticated mid-century architecture, great and plentiful guesthouses, slowly improving food, fun bars and an underexplored but gorgeous surrounding desert wilderness perfect for hiking all make this the West Coast’s undisputed gay mecca. (http://www.palm-springs.org)
Who knew the tip of Cape Cod—one of America’s most iconic geographic features—was actually a big, gay clothing-optional beach? P-town knew! Combining beautiful natural preserves, picturesque dunes, and a quiet, historic and sleepy town center that exudes charm for days and hosts name-brand entertainment in the summer, it’s no wonder Provincetown is one of the Northeast’s biggest gay destinations. And with same-sex marriage being legal in Massachusetts, it’s a picture-perfect honeymoon spot now, too. ( http://www.provincetowntourismoffice.org or http://www.ptown.org )
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