The gay beach at Frescati is must for queer visitors. The rocky beach takes its name from the nearby Villa Frescati, which King Gustav III had built in 1791 for his gay lover Gustav Armfelt. Gustav III’s Palace is just across the inlet. Also cruisey and popular with the gays is the beach on the west side of Langholmen Island.
You won’t be starved for less cruisey seaside options, either. The Stockholm archipelago comprises more than 24,000 islands, islets, and rocks spilling out into the sea for 80 km/50 miles east of the city. Various cruise and ferry operators will take you through the picturesque islands, some inhabited and built for vacationers, others completely deserted.