Staying at a hotel while traveling is certainly the norm, but what if you want to elevate your travel experience beyond the everyday? You don’t have to book an over-the-top resort to have an unforgettable time—although that can be just as fun. If you’re looking for a unique experience that’s sure to give you a taste of the local flair, consider these gorgeous, LGBT-owned bed and breakfasts. They’re welcoming, filled with character and perfectly located near some of the world’s most picturesque beaches, sure to take your breath away.
When you think of Florida, you often think of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa or Orlando. But it doesn’t hurt to think outside the box, especially when looking for the perfect bed and breakfast location. St. Augustine, Florida, is home to At Journey’s End, a stunning 1800s Victorian home nestled in the “Oldest City in America.”
This transgender-owned B&B offers cozy rooms, access to beautiful Atlantic coast beaches, fine dining and the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse. Whether you’re looking to sightsee or just have a relaxing evening in, your hosts are happy to accommodate, always there with a restaurant recommendation or complementary snacks and beverages.
Gay-owned and operated, this quaint beachside bed and breakfast is filled with New England charm. Renovated in 2013, Rehoboth Guest House features 14 guest rooms with attention paid to welcoming amenities and the perfect combination of classic and modern aesthetics.
Located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the Rehoboth Guest House is mere steps away from the beach. From bike racks to beach chairs, delicious breakfast to free parking, once you’re settled into your room, you’ll likely never want to leave. Not to mention the amazing local dining and tax-free shopping just down the street.
Few things say “exotic” like an Australian vacation. And few things capture the Down Under essence like the seaside town of Byron Bay. This is where you’ll find Cavvanbah Beach House, a gay-owned bed and breakfast perfect for rest and relaxation. A quick walk to the impressive Australian surf and you’ll have all the beach access you could ever hope for—not to mention a secluded experience, thanks to the property’s lush sub-tropical gardens and private verandas.
Built in the traditional Australian beach-house style, you’ll feel like a local, all while maintaining your privacy. Each room comes with private entry and access to the property’s salt-water pool and manicured gardens.
4. Casa Felix
Island getaways are the epitome of luxurious vacations. And the Island of Tenerife—the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands—is no exception. Globetrotting adventurers seeking gorgeous beach views and exquisite accommodations need look no further than Casa Felix, a lesbian-owned vacation rental near hiking, golf and beach just outside the village of Chio.
Overlooking banana plantations and local plantlife, the views are unforgettable: the lava beaches of Alcala are a mere 20-minute drive away and postcard-worthy sunsets illuminate the skies every evening. Guests can even take advantage of local massage therapy services, from full-body treatments to Reiki and energy sessions. Owners Britt and Rachel offer guests plenty of local recommendations, from restaurants to wine. They live on the property and are always willing to answer any question you may have, in English, Spanish, Italian, French or German!
5. Banyan House
Thailand has become a hot travel destination, and for good reason. Breathtaking beaches, rich culture, amazing food—the perfect ingredients for a truly memorable adventure. If you find yourself venturing to the Land of Smiles, a stay at the gay-owned Banyan House near Koh Samui is a must. Designed in a contemporary Thai style, Banyan House combines the architectural styles of the King Rama VII era with European holiday home aesthetics.
The property is near Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui’s most popular oceanside retreat, featuring brilliant views of the Thai Gulf. Plus, if you’re an animal person, the on-property kennels are home to the owners’ four lovable basset hounds.
No matter where your travels take you, these are just a few LGBT-owned options sure to please even the most sophisticated traveler. So pack a bag and get ready for a bed and breakfast experience you’ll never forget.