Gay Guide to Rio de Janeiro

Even travelers who like to avoid anything remotely “touristy” can not resist the urge to walk the sands of Ipanema while drinking a caipirinha and admiring the beautiful bronze bodies. The rich texture of gay Rio de Janeiro extends beyond the rainbow beach towels of the city’s tourist section, but it’s a great place to start!


After fun in the sun on the sands of Copacabana and Ipanema, gay travelers can visit Lapa, Rio de Janeiro’s wild-and-free bohemian neighborhood filled with restaurants and live music venues where few locals allow homophobia to get in the way of a good time.

The VamosGay 2017 Guide to Rio de Janeiro presents the most up-to-date resource of places to visit. Click below for A-to-Z listings of the city’s bars and clubs, and most popular gay-friendly restaurants, places to stay, and places to hook up.  Also, try our Google Map to gay Rio de Janeiro!

Gay Bars, Clubs, and Parties

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

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Guide to Carnival in Rio 2018

Schedule of gay-friendly events and useful tips..

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Restaurants & Cafes

Meals to remember, or just late-night snack.

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Sex & Saunas

An up-to-date list of Rio de Janeiro’s hottest spots.

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Hotels & Apartments

Location, amenities, price, and gay-friendly!

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