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Gay São Vicente, Santos, Guarujá – Guide to the São Paulo Coast

Take a break from the concrete jungle of São Paulo and ride to the sands of LGBT-friendly Santos, Guarujá, and  São Vicente.
⚕️ Updated September 2020: Beaches have officially reopened following months of COVID-19 quarantine.  Nightclubs and saunas remain closed, but gay-friendly beach stands like Quiosque da Cris are open for drinks on the sand. Continue reading Gay São Vicente, Santos, Guarujá – Guide to the São Paulo Coast

São Paulo LGBT Pride Parade 2020 CANCELLED / 2021 Announced

⚕️ Coronavirus News Update:  Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of São Paulo’s Pride parade announced that the event (originally scheduled for June 14), would be re-scheduled for November 29.  However, as optimism for a quick recovery faded, the group declared the 2020 parade is cancelled and announced the date for the event in 2021.

On Sunday, June 6, 2021, the largest gay pride parade in the world will celebrate its 24th anniversary.  Past parades have attracted over 3 million people took to the streets of Sao Paulo, according to estimates.  In 2021, the city of Sao Paulo will also push back its Carnival celebration from February to an undetermined date in June.

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In the days leading up to the parade, São Paulo (already one of the most gay-friendly cities in Latin America) explodes with gay activities.  By day, “gayborhoods” like Frei Caneca and Largo do Arouche fill with couples.  And by night, nightclubs like The Week are packed.

Watch the Replay: Pride Parade 2019

The theme of the 2019 parade was a commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 

Getting There

For those searching for air/hotel packages, Expedia offers some of the lowest rates for package deals to São Paulo.  Europeans, Americans, and visitors who are  already in South America have a number of inexpensive options.  For international flights, we always use SkyScanner.com to compare airfares and find the lowest rates all of the major airlines.

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Hotels & Gay-Friendly Places to Stay

South America’s largest city offers hundreds of great places to stay. Here’s our short list of hotels you can enjoy your stay for pride weekend.

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Guide to Bars & Club

There are almost 40 different options!  From hole-in-the-wall bars to multi-floor mega clubs, check out our 2019 guide to São Paulo’s gay (and gay-friendly) places to go.

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Saunas & Sex

Every sex club, cinema, and sauna will be very active for Pride Week. We’ve listed them all on one page. Dive in!

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*Note for American visitors :  Travel to Brazil requires a visa.   Get visa info you will need in time for June’s pride parade.  Click here for Brazilian visa information for tourists.

Gay Guide to São Paulo

São Paulo is famous across the globe for its Parada do Orgulho, the largest gay pride parade in the world.  However, compared to its tropical brother Rio de Janeiro, foreigners know very little about Latin America’s largest and most populous city.

⚕️ Coronavirus News Update:  The organizers of São Paulo’s Pride parade announced that the event previously scheduled for Sunday, June 14th has been cancelled, and the official new date is Sunday, November 29, 2020.

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Gay nightlife in Sampa, as São Paulo is also known, rivals major cities like New York and London. (One could even argue the city’s gay nightlife mecca The Week, pictured above, surpasses any gay club in the US or Europe.)  By day, São Paulo offers world-class gastronomy, visual arts, and architecture.

Dive in with the VamosGay 2020 Guide to São Paulo to plan your trip, unlock insider tips, and enjoy the best of the city!

Neighborhoods

Learn more about the diverse “gayborhoods” of São Paulo.

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Bars & Clubs

A to Z listing of every bar, lounge, and club in the city.

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Restaurants & Cafes

The 2019 hotlist of where to eat in a city full of options.

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Sex & Saunas

An up-to-date list of Sao Paulo’s hottest hot spots.

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Hotels & Airfare

Location, amenities, price, and gay-friendly!

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Places to Visit

Museums, parks, street fairs, and more.

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A Day at the Beach

Guide to Santos, Guarujá, and São Vicente

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Pride Parade 2020

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Carolina’s Bar

Drag, strippers, and friendly vibes in downtown São Paulo

Avenida Duque de Caixas 158,
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Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday

Within one year, this new addition to the Largo do Arouche gayborhood has become the hot spot for drag performances, strippers, and even on occasion, live musicians.

Drag mistresses of ceremony Kylie Hickmann and Cris Tower keep the energy friendly and the entertainers moving. Carolina’s Bar is popular with groups who often come before midnight to drink and have a good time with friends at the tables surrounding the stage.

Fans of Bar Queen‘s playfully erotic stage shows will find many familiar faces (and other body parts) at Carolina’s nightly parties since performers often work both bars.

Carolina’s is a safe bet if you’re visiting downtown Sao Paulo and are looking for some good drinks, sexy go-go boys, and great time.