Gay Florianopolis: Brazil's Other Gem

It may not be Rio or San Paulo, but don't underestimate Florianopolis, Brazil. With its sandy beaches, tanned denizens and happening nightlife, it's no surprise that this tiny but loud city has a full-blown gay scene (GLS) of its own. Floripa, for short, has world-renowned beaches but it's not all relaxation at this tiny Brazilian island. February brings Carnaval, which includes Pop Gay.

The pageant competition featuring the city's best drag queens and transgender performers is now one of the biggest events of Carnival. And even though it's small, the island boasts several large gay megaclubs to try and keep up with bigger, bolder cousin cities Rio and Sao Paulo. And don't think the party stops early in the year--September brings another round of good times with gay pride celebrations.

Restaurants to check out