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BBy day, play and sunbathe on some of the world’s finest beaches and then when the sun sets, put on your party shoes and enjoy a variety of nightlife experiences. When it comes to welcoming and inclusive destinations no matter your preferences head to Cape Town, rivalling gay capitals like London, San Francisco and Sydney. 

The Mother City will welcome you and take you in her arms, as she shows off, day and night. Stay in one of the boutique hotels in De Waterkant, well-known for being a gay-friendly area in the heart of the city. By day, relax and soak up the sun on the city’s best beaches. Clifton’s 3rd beach is a favourite and is also the busiest gay-friendly beach where the locals hang out. Or try Sandy Bay, the “de facto gay nude beach”. Camps Bay is another favourite and also offers a number of trendy restaurants and bars for lunch or sundowners.

Did You Know?
TThe Mother City Queer Project Party was held for the first time in 1994 to celebrate the protection of gay rights that the new South African dispensation guarantees.

NNight time in the city is party time. Enjoy hotspots such as Crew Bar, Beulah Bar and Amsterdam Action Bar. Kloof Street will give a broader experience and there’s always the V&A Waterfront to explore. All these places are close to De Waterkant.

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HHighlights on the calendar include Pride, normally held late February/early March and the Mother City Queer Project Party (MCQP), held in December, a great time to visit. You could even linger longer to enjoy a New Year’s Eve party in the city.

With gay marriages legal in South Africa, Cape Town is also a very popular wedding destination. There is an entire industry dedicated to organising weddings on wine farms, at hotels, on yachts and even on Table Mountain - the perfect reason for you and your loved one to plan a trip to sunny South Africa.

With all this to offer, it’s no wonder the city is one of the top gay destinations in the world!

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