Top 10 Holiday Destinations For Cannabis Lovers
Tourists looking for the best places for a weed-friendly holiday can check out our list of the 10 best vacation spots for stoners who want a trippy trip.
Love to travel? So do we. We also love weed, and nothing beats a vacation where that’s part of the equation. When exploring a new place, the culture shock can be a vivid experience while high. You’re likely to meet kindred spirits who also love cannabis. You can unwind with an indica or go party with a sativa. Indica for staying “in” and sativa for going out is the simplest way of remembering the distinction.
If you’re not up to speed on your weed knowledge, many weed-friendly tourist destinations have services and tours to educate you. It could be well worth expanding your horizons with a weed-centric holiday. Luckily, more and more destinations offer services catered to ganja-lovers. Many countries are decriminalising small amounts of cannabis or instructing police to look the other way. Other countries, however, enforce strict laws, even the death penalty.
Wherever you’re travelling, we advise you to be responsible, respectful, and discreet. You must be clear on local laws before you get there. In some countries, the laws are very accommodating to the enjoyment of cannabis. There are even legal, regulated industries emerging. The economic activity this creates spills over into one of the world’s largest industries, tourism. Sites like Bud+Breakfast can source accommodations that are friendly for smoking. Kush Tourism can advise you on the world’s hotspots for cannabis-lovers.
Here, we have put together a list of the nicest places to visit for a cannabis-themed holiday. These are 10 destinations with a progressive attitude toward the herb. Each should provide an unforgettable experience. In no particular order, here are ten places with the least restrictive cannabis laws.
1. THE NETHERLANDS
We’ll get this one out of the way at the top of our list. For decades, weed-lovers have flocked to the Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam and other large cities of the Holland provinces, from which the term “Holland” emerged. Since the 1970s, Dutch police have been instructed to ignore “coffeeshops” selling cannabis once they followed certain guidelines. These guidelines have changed over the years, including a ban on commercial cultivation only coming under review by the current government.
If regulated cultivation is introduced, the product quality in Dutch coffeeshops could become even better. Already, they have become world-famous as tourists flock to light-up in a variety of coffeeshops. A controversial ID system restricting access to Dutch citizens was eventually rejected by Amsterdam. They see the cannabis subculture as an important generator of tourism revenue, as have other cities; though check local laws to be certain before you travel. Find a coffeeshop with the vibe that suits you, from the laidback and cozy to the high-end or high-energy.
Spain has taken a different approach from the Netherlands in their tolerance of cannabis. It still attracts many tourists who want to experience Spanish cannabis culture, however. Once inside, a “cannabis social club” in, say, Barcelona may look and feel similar to a coffeeshop in Amsterdam. An important distinction is how you get inside. Whereas any adult with ID can enter Dutch coffeeshops, the Spanish cannabis clubs require you to sign up for paid membership first. This way, when you hand them money for high-quality bud, you’re not purchasing it; you’re “donating” towards the cost of the club’s non-profit cultivation for members.
This allows Spanish citizens to access quality cannabis for personal consumption as part of a non-profit co-operative. The clubs are subject to other restrictions, and are usually in lounge spaces hidden from public view. Sometimes they are hosted in a member’s apartment. The guidelines governing clubs varies from region to region, with some provinces not allowing them at all. Be sure to visit a part of Spain where the regional government tolerates cannabis clubs. There are many clubs who offer non-Spanish visitors memberships, but tighter regulations are something to monitor. The Catalan government governing Barcelona, for example, recently passed laws requiring a waiting period of two weeks before activating membership. So do plan ahead.
Jamaica has long been associated with marijuana. This is not just because of the Rastafari religion, whose practitioners were allowed to use cannabis as a sacrament. The connected movement of reggae music also did much internationally to popularise Jamaica’s links to cannabis. In fact, there is a significant community of cannabis cultivators in Jamaica. Its Caribbean climate is pretty much perfect for growing, and the Jamaican government is looking to develop cultivation of medical cannabis plants for research and prescribed medicine.
2015 saw a whole series of reforms, closer to reflecting the country’s tolerant attitude toward cannabis. Possessing less than two ounces (56.6 grams) is now considered a petty offence. And if you have a valid prescription for medical marijuana in your country, you can actually apply for a permit to access medical marijuana in Jamaica. This is a lot more flexible than most tropical islands with stunning beaches and vivid rainforests to take in. There is, however, still no formal legalizing of retail, but well-informed locals should be able to help you find some very good weed to enjoy discreetly.
This is more off the beaten track than our other suggestions, although word is spreading. Thailand and Vietnam are both popular with tourists, and their visitors are increasingly going to Cambodia on their trips to Southeast Asia. There is rich history and beautiful temples to explore in this country. Now, there is also a relaxed attitude surrounding cannabis that is friendly to tourists. Cannabis is illegal in Cambodia, yet the police seem to have been instructed to tolerate its sale and consumption. Keep in mind, they have been known to selectively enforce prohibition and harsly.
By and large though, Cambodia is tolerant enough to be considered a smoker’s paradise. Weed is often sold openly in marketplaces, and at remarkably low prices. The abundance of cannabis comes from a flourishing cultivation sector. The cultivation methods are simple, with little curing; so quality can vary, with the best weed going to export. But weed can be found pretty much anywhere and is often cooked into recipes. Any place offering “happy pizza” will serve a pizza cooked with cannabis for a powerful edible high. Bon appetit.
5. VANCOUVER, CANADA
Oh, Canada. That surfer-dude-looking prime minister of yours has committed to legalizing recreational marijuana completely at a federal level. This will bring the law in line with Canadians’ positive attitude toward marijuana, and is likely to attract even more tourism. There is already so much to see in Canada aside from their long-standing cannabis culture. Now that each province will be able to open stores for regulated, quality-controlled cannabis, the sights will be enhanced for any visitor.
The legalization of recreational marijuana is scheduled to begin on Canada Day, 1st July, 2018. This will apply throughout the whole country, but will be particularly welcome news to the people of British Columbia. Their oceanic climate on Canada’s west coast has helped them become a major centre of cannabis cultivation. Even before legalization, the city of Vancouver tolerated a number of coffeeshops where cannabis could be smoked openly. With a long-established cannabis culture and views of the spectacular Canadian Rockies, we recommend including Vancouver on your trip to Canada.
6. COLORADO, USA
Dazzling views of the Rocky Mountains in a pioneering city known for reforming marijuana laws? You also have an option for that sort of holiday in the United States. Colorado was the first state in the union to legalize recreational marijuana and set up a retail market. Colorado’s stores do not allow consumption on-site, but a number of lounge spaces have begun to emerge to cater for marijuana smokers. There are now guided tours in cities like Denver to show you the best in cannabis nightlife.
7. ALASKA, USA
Know what would be an incredible nighttime use of cannabis? Watching the northern lights while smoking Northern Lights. Alaska has also legalized the sale of cannabis, so you could actually go and experience that while high. This would be incredible, but perhaps best done at some weed-friendly accommodations. Federal land such as Alaska’s national parks could still harshly penalise possession of marijuana. So be sensible about where you travel and what you’re carrying.
8. WEST COAST, USA
The West Coast of America provides cannabis enthusiasts with plenty of opportunities for the journey of a lifetime. The beautiful forested landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are where early-adopters of legal weed Washington and Oregon opened top-notch cannabis stores. California will now see them flourish too. From the cultivation mecca of Humboldt County in the north to the iconic southern cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, you will have plenty to see and plenty to smoke.
Nevada too has legalized recreational weed. Having such easy access to bud will wonderfully enhance your trip, whether it takes place on the vividly surreal Las Vegas Strip or Nevada’s breathtaking landscapes (though again, we caution you about the penalties of marijuana possession on federal land). Lumping these connected states together is to demonstrate how many Americans already live with voter-approved legal cannabis. We hope that change continues to spread. But where are some smaller places that have always done things their own way?
9. NIMBIN, AUSTRALIA
Our last two destinations are small communities with a big love for cannabis. Australia is a tourist hotspot that has recently introduced medical cannabis. Recreational cannabis remains illegal, with penalties varying from state to state. The state of New South Wales criminalises cannabis, a policy met with considerable resistance by a town close to the northern border of Queensland. Many tourists head this way on Australia’s stunning east coast, along the route between Brisbane and Sydney.
Nimbin is the name of a town with a big reputation in Australia. The community there has attracted hippies from all over Australia. Since the 1970s, they have celebrated cannabis with regular events and open consumption. Before a police crackdown, they had even experimented with a model of coffeeshop closer to Vancouver’s than Amsterdam’s, where cannabis is not openly sold, but allowed to be smoked on-site. The people of Nimbin are friendly, welcoming, and “helpful” to visitors. They sell many hemp products in the town, and paint their buildings with bright colours and elaborate murals. They even have the Nimbin HEMP Bar and the Nimbin Hemp Embassy for all the info tourists need.
10. CHRISTIANIA, DENMARK
Our final destination on this list is a very interesting location indeed. Nimbin is associated with Australia’s counterculture, activist, and underground art movements. Likewise in Denmark, there is a small neighbourhood in the capital of Copenhagen that fills that role through a rich and fascinating history. If you have ever contemplated politics in society, or wondered where anarchism could ever be practical, Christiania is an anarchist collective living on deserted military land in Denmark’s capital.
It’s mind-opening to see people living a truly alternative lifestyle under a system of government where rules only come into being through democratic consensus. This has led to very few laws and an open cannabis trade in the market stalls of “Pusher Street”. Tourists have come to sample the weed in this iconic setting. There have been occasional outbreaks of lethal violence, but the stalls have always bounced back. You will certainly meet a lot of free spirits in this legendary micronation of Freetown Christiania. Make it a stop on your holiday to Copenhagen.
Wouldn't it be lovely to relax with your smoke and enjoy your vacation without wondering if you are safe?
Where to Smoke Weed – The Best Places to Get Medicated
If you live in a country that has strict cannabis laws, you become incredibly creative when it comes to finding best places to smoke weed without being caught.
In most countries where marijuana is illegal, you may face some serious legal consequences for simply possessing the weed. Sentences vary between different countries, from fines and relatively short jail time (with an option to suspend the execution of the sentence) to capital punishment. That being said, you don’t want to get caught with weed for the sake of your own safety.
Fortunately, most of the time, you’ll be able to smoke weed unnoticed even if you do it in public places. All you need to do is find the perfect spot for enjoying the herb, do it discreetly, and above all, avoid getting caught by the cops if you think they may approach you.
What is the best place to smoke weed in public? How to find a good place to smoke marijuana outside your home? What are the best countries to enjoy weed legally? Fasten your seatbelts, please, as we’re going to leave no stone unturned in finding the exact answer for each of these questions.
Where to Smoke Weed Without Getting Caught?
Truth to be said, there’s one place to smoke weed where you most likely won’t get caught by anyone.
Smoke Cannabis at Home
If you don’t live with your parents anymore, who cares if you light one up from time to time? After all, your home is your castle, and nobody should disturb your peace there.
When smoking weed at home, keep in mind that it’s best to do it on the balcony so that the smoke doesn’t go through the installation (this applies only to people who live in a flat or apartment with other neighbors in the block.) Otherwise, your neighbors may feel the pungent smell of marijuana. As far as neighbors are concerned, it’s one thing if they don’t have anything against someone smoking pot in the condo, but god forbid one of them has been fooled by the reefer madness – such people are particularly annoying and may even sell you out to cops. Having your house raided by the police is anything but pleasant; in fact, for some people, it may be a traumatic experience, so if you’re a regular smoker, it might be a good idea to take a walk to a discreet place to prevent dark scenarios from happening.
However, if you decide to smoke weed at home, be prepared to ensure yourself enough safety in order not to feel anxious in your own house. That being said, we suggest you purchase a smell-proof weed container that will keep the pungent aroma of weed sealed inside. Aerating your room each time you’re done smoking will come in handy, too, and if you can use the courtesy of having the AC at your place, it’s all the better.
Last but not least, you might want to consider switching from smoking to vaping weed. Vaporizers are low-profile devices that prove invaluable for discreet smoking, both at home and in public places.
Alas, some people still live with their parents or roommates who don’t share their enthusiasm about marijuana, and thus, they rarely have the opportunity to smoke at home. Fear not, as there are still plenty of places to smoke weed in public.
Read on to find your perfect spot.
Where to Smoke Weed Outside?
Unless you’re lighting up in the middle of a crowded street, you can easily get away with smoking weed. In fact, the majority of people are either positive about marijuana, or they simply don’t give a damn if someone sparks a doobie. Given this, if you don’t indulge yourself in weed in an insolent way – and by insolent way I mean smoking near children – you’re going to be all good.
Nevertheless, there are some particularly good places to smoke weed outside, and below you’ll find the list of best spots to light up on-the-go.
Smoke In a Park
Simply take a walk in a park and find a low-profile spot to smoke your weed. Not only will it be a good way to start the day by having some physical activity, but you’ll hardly get noticed by anyone if you have the control over the surroundings. Besides, a joint tastes better when smoked in the bounty of nature, so why not give yourself some double green pleasure?
However, when you’re in a park with weed, don’t act as if you just carried a bag of coke, because it may raise suspicions. Just be yourself and when lighting up, take a look over the space around you. Got the green light? Smoke one, dispose of the roach, and return home – simple as that.
Go to a Concert
Although concerts and festivals are supposed to be cannabis-free, there’s no better place to smoke weed in public. If you have some pre-rolled stuff with you, conceal it in a place where the regular control at the gates won’t search for weed. That is, if you come to the concert alone. If on the other hand, you and your boo have a concert date, she can always hide the stash in her bra. Once you make it close to the stage, all you have to worry about is that someone didn’t ask you to share your blunt if they feel this seducing smell in the air.
Do It on the Countryside…
Ready for the ultimate serenity far away from the overwhelming noise and other people? Pack your bags, grab your best strains, and leave the town. Maybe there’s a nice holiday retreat not so far from the city, or you have your own summerhouse where you like to cherish the peace? Just go there!
Countrysides are far less crowded than larger agglomerations, so it goes without saying that it’s safer to smoke weed there. People believe that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but as far as I’m concerned, calm is the new beauty. Last but not least, you don’t need to have eyes all around your head when there are few if any people around – less stress, more joy, that’s how I like it.
… Or at the Beach
Beaches go by the same token as countrysides do. And while it may not be the smartest idea to light up in the middle of the summer when beaches are crowded with families, doing so in the evening might get you some of the best weed moments in your entire life. When the beach is not stuffed with people, take your cozy blanket, get yourself some warm clothes, and listen to the calming sound of the waving sea while puffing thick clouds of smoke. You’ll love it!
Apartment Rooftops? Count me in!
Now, if you’re living with your parents yet you can access the apartment rooftops, you may still consider yourself lucky. One of the greatest advantages of lighting up on a rooftop is that the smoke will go right up the sky, without passing through your neighbors’ windows. So even if they are against weed, you don’t need to go to a park each time you want to revel in your goodies. Better yet, should someone notice you from the street, you have enough time to destroy any evidence and leave the rooftop.
Weed Rallies and Events
Anytime you find yourself on a weed rally or marijuana-related event, feel free to smoke. Such events are usually held in weed-friendly countries where cannabis has been, at least, decriminalized, so no one will even think of searching your pockets for weed in such places.
Smoking blunts with other stoners on a large stoner party – a true stonerception.
Get High on a Boat
Looking for a good place to smoke weed outside? If you’re on holiday, chances are that there will be a boat rental somewhere around your place. A boat is one of the most epic places to smoke weed, so if you haven’t done it yet, it’s high time you grew a pair of green balls and do it. Smoking marijuana when a boat is floating on the water makes the whole experience even more soothing.
Best Places to Smoke Weed Legally
Planning a trip as a stoner entails crossing out all weed-hostile countries, unless you don’t mind taking a tolerance break for a week. When on your way to make vacation plans, include these destinations in your list if you want to spend an awesome cannabis week off.
USA: Colorado, California, And Washington
Believe it or not, but it’s been over 5 years since weed has been legal in Colorado. Yes, recreational use of merry jane has been a part of the social life in Colorado since 2012. It’s hands down one of the best and safest places to smoke weed. As long as you’re 21 years or older, you can fully participate in the US cannabis culture in the state. More interestingly, if you’re a Colorado resident, you can possess up to an ounce of weed.
As for California, let’s face it; this state has always been one of the largest weed capitals in the world. Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and even the Beatles were smoking the herb in California. Now, after the weed is legal here, you can walk down the streets of LA with a blunt in your hand without worrying about getting caught by an officer who’s just had a bad day and spotted a serious drug offender with a plant.
Washington may not be the most popular destination for tourists, but it’s a completely safe place to smoke weed legally. According to the Initiative 502, all Americans (and tourists) are allowed to smoke marijuana in Washington. Plus, one of the largest cannabis parties in the USA, the Hemp Fest, takes place in Seattle
Netherlands is a role model for every country that tries to legalize cannabis. Also known as the green lungs of Western Europe, Amsterdam is one of the safest places in the world to smoke weed. If a police patrol drives by, all they’re going to do is smile at you and let you roll one in peace, as long as you don’t do it near schools or churches. Interestingly, although you’re not permitted to smoke weed in public, most people will tolerate it. Besides, you’ll find the top-notch quality weed in Netherlands, and the abundance of strains you can select from is truly outstanding.
Since the decriminalization of weed in Czech Republic, its capital city, Prague, smells with the pungent aroma of cannabis. You can have up to 5 grams for possession and grow as much as 5 plants at home, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. In addition, Czech Republic offers some of the most wonderful surroundings in the south-eastern Europe, not to mention that some of the best cannabis and hemp fests on the continent take place in this country. Although selling weed is still illegal and you won’t find a single coffeeshop there, you may expect so-called mobile cannabis clubs which are low-profile and change their location quite often to avoid being caught red handed. These cannabis clubs offer good quality weed, contrary to street dealers who usually sell crap to tourists.
You wouldn’t normally expect a southern american country to be one of the first states jumping aboard the marijuana legalization ship, would you? Well, Uruguay is the second pioneer country to build a reasonable legal framework regarding hemp and cannabis. Since 2013, citizens of Uruguay, as well as visitors, can freely smoke the herb at an unbelievably low price, namely $2.50 a gram. Looking for an exotic holiday destination with beautiful and safe places to smoke weed? Uruguay is the answer.
How to Smoke Weed Without Getting Caught
As it is said, you’re better safe than sorry. With that in mind, I’ve gathered a couple smart tips for smoking weed in public places without getting caught:
Act naturally. Seriously, the more you try to hide, the less you succeed. That said, act all natural, as if you were smoking a cigarette. Just be sure not to blow smoke in people’s faces.
Smoke among cigarettes smokers. People who smoke cigarettes don’t care about smoke in general, so given that their sense of smell is less sensitive due to their ‘habits’, you’ll be safer lighting up among other smokers.
Don’t smoke in a car. This is the most dumb thing you can do to yourself. Cars have limited space and if you smoke inside your vehicle, it will be damn hard to get rid of the characteristic smell of your buds. On top of that, there’s nowhere to hide or throw away your stash, so if cops pull over for a check, you’re going to have a hard time explaining yourself.
Chew a gum. Not only are chewing gums lifesavers when it comes to dealing with cottonmouth, but they also reduce any after smell that can come out of your mouth when you talk to people.
Use a vaporizer. A portable vape pen is wonderful for outdoor weed sessions. These devices are stealthy and the aroma they produce doesn’t hit as hard as when smoking cannabis. The only problem is that you can’t dispose of a vaporizer if the situation gets dangerous. I mean, you can, but it will be your most expensive safe card ever.
Don’t smoke near schools, playgrounds, churches, or institutions of public trust. Such areas are usually navigated by police patrols, so there’s a higher risk you’ll get caught smoking weed. Believe me, it will be well worth walking a couple of steps away and not raise suspicions.
The Final Note
To conclude, let’s say that finding a good place to smoke weed when you live in a weed-hostile country doesn’t take much effort. First of all, you can smoke in the comfort of your home, as long as you don’t live with your parents or any roommates anymore. If privacy is the thing you can’t afford, there are plenty of places to smoke weed outside. It may be a park, a concert, a countryside, or an apartment rooftop. Simply look around your neighborhood and see if there are any low profile, weed-friendly spots nearby.
Wherever you choose to light up, always keep in mind that it’s best to act normally while taking all necessary safety measures so that you don’t get caught with your stash. Finally, the world is big enough for cannabis-friendly countries, too, so if you’re planning a trip abroad, consider the aforementioned countries in your list of places to visit – it will be a hell of weed holidays!
Do you have any favorite places where you can smoke weed without getting caught? Share your stories with me!
Where to Smoke Weed – The Best Places to Get Medicated If you live in a country that has strict cannabis laws, you become incredibly creative when it comes to finding best places to smoke weed