Gorgeous beaches and friendly vibes make Boracay a popular travel destination in the Philippines.

Best of all, the entire island of Boracay is a paradise for LGBTQ+ travelers! Hit up White Beach along Boracay's west coast, in Balabag and Manoc Manoc barangays (districts). White Beach is divided into several stations, each with its own lifeguards. Station 1 boasts premium hotels and resorts. Station 2 features lots of shops. Last but not least, Station 3, in Manoc Manoc, is the quietest, southernmost section; it's got a couple of LGBTQ+ guest houses, although at least one is male-only. White Beach is a palm-lined stretch around 2.48 mi / 4 km with calm waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling from November to May. Step back from the water and stroll along that namesake white sand—the ideal medium for sandcastles and sand sculptures! Sunsets are spectacular on White Beach, whether you're taking them in from the shores or from a bar along the main road, White Beach Path.

On the other hand (or coast!), Boracay's windswept east side makes Bulabog Beach the island's best kiteboarding and windsurfing spot. You're brave enough to ride the waves, so don't be afraid to haggle for a deal on equipment and lessons! And don't be afraid to wow the crowd at a beachside karaoke bar. Prefer soaring heights to soaring vocals? Take a short hike up Mount Luho, where you'll get a bird's eye view of the entire island.

Don't overlook Puka Beach on the island's north coast in Yapak barangay. It shares White Beach's picturesque quality and placid waters, if not White Beach's crowds. Preserve that picturesque quality with an Instagram shot or several, and with some common environmentally-friendly sense: don't litter! The government of the Philippines closed Boracay to tourists for much of 2018 as part of redevelopment efforts. Some of these efforts might have been profit- and image-driven, but some meant to fix environmental damage caused by careless tourism. Would-be visitors must show proof of accommodation booking before taking a ferry to Boracay. Smoking, drinking, and eating are banned on the island's beaches. If you’re hungry, duck into a restaurant to enjoy fresh seafood and mango specialties. Then kick back and relax by the waves on beautiful Boracay!

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