Cape Town - The Mother City has done South Africa proud again - being voted as one of the very best beach destination in the world by 'America's number one gay travel magazine'.
According to the publication, Passport Magazine, Cape Town ranks as the 6th best beach in the world, after big names like L'Espiguette Beach in Aigues-Mortes, France and Karekare Beach in Auckland, New Zealand.
What set's the Mother City's beaches apart, though, are the numerous sandy shores where you have some "sun and fun with the gay community," they say.
The iconic Clifton Third, obviously, gets a lot of attention.
"By far the busiest and most lauded gay beach is Clifton Third, number three of a few beaches called Clifton, separated by tumbled down rocks and natural cliff formations," Passport Mag's J. Michael Nemeth writes.
"It is practically a mandate that the hordes of perfectly tanned and toned wear as little as possible before they begin a complex ritual of promenading and stopping to chat with small groups of friends. Upon arrival, it may seem cliquey and off-putting, but the crowd (and if it is sunny, it will be crowded, seven days a week) is actually quite welcoming and low on the attitude scale."
Unsurprisingly, Sandy Bay also gets a mention...
"The (unofficial) gay nude beach is Sandy Bay. Here you’ll hike a trail from parking for a good ten or more minutes, and when you get to the beach, keep going to the far end where the gay zone is," Nemeth says.
Perhaps the favourite beach in Cape Town, Camp's Bay beach, can't be left out from the list either.
Nemeth applauds its laid-back beach community and a walkway lined with palm trees, cafés, restaurants, and bars. "It is popular among all the beautiful people, gay and straight, and gets even more crowded as the day wanes toward sunset for the amazing views out to sea and up toward Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles mountain formations. Proximity to cocktails and restrooms makes this less of an excursion and more of a mellow afternoon party," he writes.
The Top 10 best beaches, according to Passport Magazine, are:
1. L'Espiguette Beach, Aigues-Mortes, France
2. Karekare Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
3. Bocas Del Toro, Panama
4. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
5. Buzios, Brazil
6. Cape Town, South Africa
7. Varadero Beach, Cuba
8. Knip Beach, Curacao
9. China Beach, Danang, Vietnam
10. Glass Beach, California, US
Cape Town has been flying the rainbow coloured flag for the country - and the continent - for some time.
In August last year, one of the leading gay dating apps in the world, SCRUFF, did a survey pertaining to gay summer travel conducted in conjunction with the New York Times and voted the Mother City as one of their Top 5 a "surprisingly gay-friendly” travel destinations on the globe.
Cape Town ranked in 5th position, tying with Salt Lake City in Utah and Willemstad on the Island of Curacao.
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The ranking not only served as a confirmation that Cape Town is a hot and happening tourist destination for all, it also indicates positivity pertaining to safety in destinations with a history of anti-LGBT discrimination.
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