The Gay Travel Awards have returned back for a 7th annual list of the best destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers, and Mexico features heavily on the list.

The awards, curated by, are dubbed the Oscars® for LGBTQ+ travelers, and include winners in 38 categories, to promote safe travel by LGBTQ+ around the globe. More than just accolades, the awards offer LGBTQ+ travelers much to look forward to, and prove the value of LGBTQ+ inclusivity to travel destinations and brands throughout the world. 

For 2022, Cancun was named the best beach destination, Cozumel as the best island destination, Mexico City as the best non-U.S. city to travel to and Punta Mita the best destination for wedding locations. 

Outdoorsy travelers may lean towards the top nature destination, Costa Rica, and the best mountain destination, Lake Louise and Banff, Canada.

The list also includes several hotels and beloved properties. The Rosewood Mayakoba, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, was named the best luxury property, INNside in New York is the hotel with the best LGBTQ+ scene, the best family hotel is Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, and the best city hotel in the U.S. is Renaissance Chicago Downtown.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a winner as we always strive to inspire and exhilarate our guests, offering them a space where they can wholeheartedly be themselves,” said Kristin Duncan, General Manager for RenaissanceChicago Downtown Hotel. “Treating our guests like friends and family is at the core of who we are.” 

The Gay Travel Awards also spotlight brands that are inclusive to LGBTQ+ travelers. This year’s winners include Virgin Atlantic Airways as the best airline, Hertz as the best car rental and HER as the best dating app. 


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