Tel Aviv, A gay honeymoon hotspot

CNN has published a list of destinations, compiled by The Association of British Travel Agents, offering same-sex honeymooners a friendly atmosphere and catering to a broad range of tastes. Of course, Tel Aviv is one of them.

telaviv-480x270Gay couples can now legally marry in 18 countries — a statistic that increasingly raises an important question: Where’s the best spot for a same-sex honeymoon?

More and more destinations are now catering to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers.

John Tanzella, chief executive of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, says it’s an encouraging trend, but he worries there’s a risk of gay vacationers being targeted as a “niche.”

“When you’re planning that dream trip it’s still important to work with travel professionals who understand the needs of gay travelers as individuals,” he adds.

Tel Aviv, Israel

The city’s annual gay pride, which is sponsored by the government, draws gay men and women from all over the world.

In 2012, travel guide Gaycities.com named Tel Aviv the gayest city on the planet — at least 100,000 gay men are expected to visit this year.

Tel Aviv calls itself a 24-hour city because you can spend all night clubbing then snooze all day on one of its beaches.

If you’ve time to spare, you can squeeze ancient and Biblical sites such as the Dead Sea, Masada and Jerusalem into one- or two-day trips.

Honeymoon hotspot: Tel Aviv doesn’t have a gay village because the whole city considers itself gay-friendly, but Rothschild Avenue is a particular focus, where as many same-sex couples walk hand in hand as straight couples.

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