While the term “alternative lifestyle” can include any lifestyle outside of the mainstream, it is generally used to describe people who identify as swingers, nudists or gay. Alternative lifestyle vacations give individuals in their particular subculture a chance to vacation with and around others involved in their lifestyle. Since travel often puts people out of their comfort zone, knowing you will be surrounded by other like-minded vacationers can offer a sense of freedom and security.
Nothing says “vacation” like Key West, and Key West is one of the most queer-friendly places in the country. Choose from a variety of accommodations from mainstream, five-star hotels to the all-female Pearl’s Rainbow, an inn for women. Gay men have six all-male places to stay in, from clothing optional Island House to the Oasis, a restored 1895 mansion. Once you are settled in, scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling and sailing are favorite pastimes here, or take one of the historic or haunted tours available. PrideFest, Key West’s pride festival, takes place in June. August bringsTropical Heat, a weekend of parties for men that can get quite crazy. WomenFest, the lesbian weekend celebration, is in September.
Swinging couples and singles looking to play can indulge themselves at Temptation Cancun, an adult only, topless optional resort on the Mexican Riviera. Vacations are all inclusive here, and guests are immersed in an erotic paradise with nightly sexy stage shows, swimming pools designated for adult activity, sports or relaxation, and fitness classes such as pole dancing. Staff members whose only job is to lead activities and get guests mingling help to ignite the fun. Rooms are luxuriously appointed with private verandas or balconies. Three gourmet restaurants and buffet lunch and breakfasts will keep you fed. Seven outdoor jacuzzis and a five-star spa round out the experience.
Temptation Cancun Km. 3.5 Blvd. Kukulcan Zona Hotelera Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77500 877-485-8367 temptation.originalresorts.com
For obvious reasons, the best nudist resorts tend to be in warm climates. Caliente Caribe, a clothing optional resort priding itself on upscale accommodations and vistas, is located on a picturesque Caribbean beach in the Dominican Republic. Gourmet meals are served in a restaurant on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and entertainment options include a nightclub, water volleyball, organized games and a nightclub. Guests stay either in villas on the lower level at the ocean or in rooms in the buildings on the cliff. Vacations are always all inclusive.
Caliente Caribe calienteresorts.com
Kink in the Caribbean
For the kinky, fetish and BDSM communities, Kink in the Caribbean is a week when the kinksters take over Hedonism II, a beachside resort in Negril, Jamaica. At Kink in the Caribbean you’ll see it all: latex fashion shows, bondage on the beach, submissive cabana boys serving poolside drinks and masquerade dinner shows. In its 11th year, Kink in the Caribbean fetish performances and BDSM workshops.
Kink in the Caribbean Hedonism II Negril, Jamaica kinkevents.com