• Rio Gay Guide

    Check out our insiders gay guide to Rio, from the beaches of Ipanema to the clubs in Copacabana!

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    Gay Guide to Rio
  • Rio Hotel Guide

    Stay close to the gay neighbourhoods and beaches of Farme in Ipanema & Bolsa in Copacabana with our guide to the best hotels in Rio.

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  • Rio Event Guide

    From Carnival to Gay Pride, Rio is one of the world’s party capitals! Check out out list of must-visit events in the Marvellous City.

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    Rio Events

Welcome to Gay RIO 2021

Visit our guides to the Rio, Latin America’s No 1 Gay Beach destination. Find the best places to stay and play.

Rio Hotel Guide

Discover the best Rio Hotels close to the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, right in the heart of the gay neighbourhoods and all gay-friendly with great views and top rated reviews.

Bars & Clubs

From the beach side bars during the day to the night clubs in Lapa and beyond, Rio has a bar for every type of guy, from Bear nights in Cueva to crazy samba in TV bar to Bossanova in Garota de Ipanema.

Dining Out

Whether you are on a budget, or wish to dine like a king, Brazilian restaurants serve some of the best cuisine. Visit a rodizio and experience all the meat you can eat or dine with some of the best beach views.

Gay Rio Events

Rio de Janeiro is the world’s party capital. It hosts the largest Carnival in the world and one of the longest beach pride marches! From Reveillon in New Years Eve to Hot Summer pool parties, we have you covered.

Where to stay in RIO?

Our editors have selected the best hotels in Copacabana and Ipanema, the two biggest gay neighbourhoods in Rio. Remember to well book in advance for key events! Those looking for a different hotel experience should check out Santa Teresa for charming guest houses and villas.

Miramar Hotel 5 Star
Great Location


Very popular  hotel is often booked out early for season. It gives you access to guests-only rooftop views at gayest section Praia da Farme.

Sol Ipanema, 4 star
Readers Choice

Sol Ipanema Hotel


Superb location on the Ipanema Beach, within a vibrant area of bars and restaurants. It features a sunny terrace with breathtaking views.

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Gay guide to RIO & What you need to know!

A quick guide to getting the most out of your gay holiday to Rio

Rio Beach Life
  • Rio - Party Capital

    Monthly parties at unusual places have brought a breath of fresh air to the Rio scene and are some of the best options for a night on the town. Dance to pop hits at Chá da Alice and ogle performers dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland. Drag-se pays tribute to drag queens, while V de Viadão celebrates gay culture, and Boho offers a reliably cool vibe. Check social media to know when and where the next parties will be held. Don’t be shy; chat up locals for tips about the best new parties.

Rio, regularly voted as “The Sexiest Place on Earth!” is one of the most spectacular cities on the planet. Combine its wide expanse of white beaches, lush greenery and semi-tropical forest with the stunning Carioca guys in their tiny Brazilian speedos, no wonder it’s known as The Wonderful City.

The city is large, with over 6 million inhabitants, however the gay areas are located in Ipanema and Copacabana, making it very easy to navigate your way around the bars, restaurants and clubs. If in doubt, head for the beach and look out for the gay flags. Soon you will be bumping into beautiful bodies. Sunday is one of the most popular beach days when Farme beach becomes the place to be seen. Relax, watch some gay volleyball and soak up the sun with a Caipirinha.

Dinner in Rio is served around 8 or 9pm. Gay nightclubs never start earlier than 12am, so tourists first hit the gay bars before they go clubbing. Many of the gay bars in Rio have dance floors to get you in the mood for the night ahead. There are several Circuit Events and Pool parties taking place throughout the Summer season. The Week is perhaps the most famous and definitely the most popular, together with the Sunday Pool Parties.

Cruising in Rio is at your own rish and while it does go on, we would sugget you do it before it gets dark. If you do meet a local guy, remember, Rio has lots of Sex hotels where you can rent a room for some fun. They are clean and safe and much better than taking someone back to your hotel or apartment.

The three big events in the gay calendar are Rio Pride which takes place in early November, the New Years Eve celebrations or Reveillon and of course Carnival, the biggest party in the world. If you intend on coming for Carnival or New Years eve you should book well in advance. There are some great gay parties that dovetail with the Carnival parades.

This is a city that is blessed with both manmade and natural wonders. From Sugarloaf mountain to the Corcovado, make sure you take in all the sights. One way to take in the breathtaking beauty of the city is to take a helicopter tour. Definitely the highlight of any trip to Rio.

Finally, remember, One tip: word of mouth works wonders in Rio. If you`re savoring a nice, cool chopp (the local lager), don`t miss the chance of striking up a chat. Rio people love a gringo!

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