WHAT IS BLATINO OASIS?
Blatino Oasis is a getaway retreat (not a pride event), started in 2007, and held annually in Palm Springs, California. Blatino Oasis offers a variety of activities geared towards gay and bisexual men of color and our friends & lovers, to help us to party, relax, and enjoy ourselves, in the beautiful, very gay friendly and legendary Hollywood vacation resort getaway to the stars, Palm Springs, California.
Will this really be the final Blatino Oasis?
Yes, the dates for our final edition are:
MAY 1-3, 2020
HOW MUCH WILL MY TRAVEL COST ME?
Your air travel cost are dependent on where you live (East Coast/West Coast, South etc.) and when you decide to purchase your ticket. This is up to you and the airlines. The longer you wait and the closer you get to the event, the higer the prices will be. We can only advise that the sooner you purchase your ticket(s), the less the cost. Click here to book your flight.
For Palm Springs air carriers Click here.
Southern California (SOCAL)
Driving From Los Angeles, San Diego, or Long Beach, is a quick 2 hours or less (longer if you plan to leave L.A.
Friday during commute hours).
L.A., travelers can also take METRO LINK & the Amtrak Train for about $40 or less each way from the LAX Union Station or Westwood UCLA Station . You can also take the new Metro Link Bus ($34 each way) from Los Angeles, directly into Palm Springs click here to purchase pass. FIX Bus is another affordable option.
Northern California (NORCAL)
We recommend that Northern Cali travelers choose the 40 minutes flight from the Bay and all points north to Palm Springs. However, if you decide to drive, it will take approximately 7 hours to get to Palm Springs. Bay Area attendees will find the best flights out of San Francisco with great deals on Frontiers, Delta, Alaska, or United. Make your reservations early or your ticket from Northern California can be pricey. Other options include flying to LA and driving or taking a train to Palm Springs or Flying Southwest to Ontario and then driving 45 minutes to Palm Springs. FIX Bus is another affordable option.
LAST MINUTE WEST COAST TRAVELERS
Note To Last Minute Travelers From Northern Cali: Just in case you are a last minute type of guy, and all flights into the city of Palm Springs are sold out or way too expensive, you can also fly into Los Angeles and then drive (2hrs) to Palm Springs Or for a closer drive to Palm Springs, try flying into Ontario California (Southwest or see Kayak) and catch a shuttle bus or rent a car and drive (about 45 minutes) to Palm Springs. Also, for people who don't mind a little longer, but extremely affordable bus ride (as low as $27 each way) from various locations out west, try the new FIX BUS to LA and then take the LAX Union Train Station to Palm Springs.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS
Our first recommendation, particularly for attendees from the East Coast, Midwest, and all points south, is to get some rest prior to coming to Palm Springs. Your flight can be anywhere from 5 to 7 hours depending on if your flight is direct or you have a connecting flight. So get some good rest the day before if you can. Better yet, plan your trip so that you arrive on Thursday and leave on Monday to fully enjoy your California vacation.
We also recommend that you all fly directly into Palm Springs (preferably during daylight) to get the full dramatic effect of the desert's beauty. If you are a last minute type of guy, and find that flights directly into Palm Springs are sold out or the ticket prices are high, another option is to fly into Ontario California and catch a shuttle bus to Palm Springs or rent a a car which is a quick 45 minute drive to Palm Springs.
TSA TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
If you plan to only bring a carry-on, please be aware of carry-on fluid requirements to include the size of containers with fluids in them i.e. bottles of cologne, lotion, toothpaste and the requirement that these containers be able to fit in a clear zip lock bag. Click here for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) travel requirements.
Blatino Oasis offers multiple hotel suggestions. Our main hotel choices are our boutique, clothing optional villas. We choose these properties for Blatino Oasis for their uniqueness as private, gay and clothing optional hotels, an experience that is rare in America. However, we also recommend other kinds of hotels as well. Hotel prices in Palm Springs are not cheap and can range from $160per night to as high as you can imagine. See the hotels tab above to choose your hotel today!
EVENT PASS INFORMATION:
We encourage you to purchase your passes early, particularly VIP passes because we sell out early every year. All CCBC Residents will be required to purchase our Resident Pass, unless you purchase the VIP or Weekend Pass, only then is the resident pass not required. It is recommended that once you secure your room, you should purchase your pass(es) for yourself and your resident guest. Final deadline to purchase your pass for CCBC is January 31, 2019. If you reserve a room at CCBC, and you have not purchased a Blatino Oasis pass by the final deadline date (January 31, 2019), your room will be released and given to the next person on our waiting list.
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY PASS & WHAT ABOUT THURSDAY?
All Passes are available for pick up or purchase (weekend passes only) on Friday, May 3, 2019, between 4pm-7pm at our welcome reception (see event page tab above). If you are unable to make it to the reception, your pass will be available for pickup at the kick off party or at the door of any of our event venues. Be prepared to show your I.D. for confirmation. You may show us your confirmation either in print or digital form (on your phone) just in case there are any issues.
It is recommended that you come in on Thursday to become acclimated to the desert and to rest up before the weekend begins.
Refund / Cancellation Policy For All Pass Purchases for BLATINO OASIS 2019:
After December 31, 2019, refunds will not be valid or honored if cancelled
or if you fail to show-up for the event. See the pass purchase page for more details regarding refunds.
CCBC RESIDENT PASS PURCHASE REQUIREMENT
For CCBC Hotel Residents, Blatino Oasis charges a "Resident Event Fee" for each resident of the CCBC hotel. Some of our main events are at CCBC hotel. We charge each resident of CCBC a minimum fee to cover the cost of events produced on site over the weekend. We remind all individuals who plan to reserve a room at the CCBC event hotel, that just because you are a resident, this does not mean that our onsite events are free for you. Please see pass purchase page to buy o If you don't want to pay this fee, please do not reserve at the CCBC clothing optional event hotel.
What Is Included With My Pass?
Please see event pass purchase page for all pass descriptions.
Do I Have To Purchase A Pass To Attend Blatino Oasis?
No you do not. You can also pay per event, however, door cost won't be cheap. We also only take cash at the door! Passes are primarily for individuals wanting the VIP experience or who prefer a weekend pass (that overall is less than a per event purchase) and like the convenience of knowing that event access is paid for in advance. See Pass tab above for pricing.
WHO ATTENDS BLATINO OASIS?
Adult (18+) men of color (mostly Black & Latino) of all ages, however men from other ethnic groups also attend and are welcome!
AGE REQUIREMENTS PER EVENT
All events at Blatino Oasis are 18+ except our nightclubs.
ARE WOMEN ALLOWED?
Yes! However, we ask that women attend only those events held outside of the clothing optional hotels. Events at these locations are specifically designed for men who are seeking to be nude and wish to socialize with gay and bisexual men in a clothing optional environment. This is consistent with policies in Palm Springs regarding women only clothing optional hotels that do not allow male nudist as guest or on property. Again, women are welcome to attend all events except those held at the Clothing Optional Hotels.
WILL I FEEL SAFE BEING OUT AND GAY OR BISEXUAL IN PALM SPRINGS?
No place is completely safe from people who have issues with LGBTQ people, but Palm Springs comes close! The city of Palm Springs, elected America's first out black gay mayor in 2003, and in 2017, elected the world's first all LGBTQ city government. Over half of the city's residents are LGBTQ.
COUPLES - GET MARRIED IN PALM SPRINGS!
One beautiful thing that couples can enjoy who attend Blatino Oasis, is the fact that you can get married here! There are not many places in the world as beautiful and as gay friendly as Palm Springs that also offer gay couples the opportunity to be legally married. Each year we have been pleasantly surprised to learn that a large number of our attendees are couples who return each year for a sexy and romantic getaway. Now, couples have another reason to come to Palm Springs. We can also help you with hotels that specialize in weddings. Just go to the contact us page and submit a request. Enjoy your wedding and a honeymoon all in one beautiful, California destination!
AFFORDABILITY OF PALM SPRINGS
While Palm Springs has been the playground of Hollywood's rich and famous for decades, you'll find national food chains as well as reasonably priced restaurants to balance out the big-ticket spending you can do in the city's gourmet eateries. And just 20 minutes away, you can find some of the most amazing shopping outlets with everything from Guess to Gucci. You can also find every type of lodging under the sun in Palm Springs from budget rooms to sky's-the-limit priced suites . However, for the clothing optional resorts experience, we recommend that you lodge at our host resorts. Click here for resort recommendations.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN PALM SPRINGS?
In addition to our events, visitors will also be able to shop along beautiful Palm Canyon Drive, or at upscale outlets, dine at world class restaurants, see Vegas style shows, gamble at the Spa Resort Casino downtown or Fantasy Casino, take a tram ride to the top of southern California's highest peak, go horse back riding, take a balloon ride, get wet at Soak City water park or take a celebrity home tour and so much more!
See the bottom of our event page for links to things to do in Palm Springs. Click here.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
Comfortable and Casual. Palm Springs has a very warm to hot dry climate year-round so pack light. Palm Springs is a one bag trip. There really is no need for any heavy clothing in this desert oasis. Maybe you should pack one light jacket just in case you take a trip to the top of Mount San Jacincto (elevation 8,516 ft.) and the temperature will be significantly cooler on the mountain top . Typically during the later spring months, the absence of humidity provides a comfortable dry heat. Very light casual clothing, thin pant, shorts or bathing trunks are recommended. Nudity, at our clothing optional hotels is also encouraged.
SUN BLOCK IS A MUST NO MATTER THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN!
The year-round average daytime temperature is 87 degrees, and Palm Springs prides itself on having 350 humidity-free days of sunshine annually.
You must use a sun screen to protect your skin whether you plan to hang out in the sun a lot or not. The desert sun does not care if you are light or dark skin, it will burn you. Do not use cocoa butter as a sun screen, unless it includes an SPF of at least 15. Vaseline should never be used on your skin during the daytime period in the desert sun!
The sun protection factor or "SPF" of a sunscreen indicates the time period you can stay in the sun without burning based on your skin complexion.
See this article on SPF for dark skin Click Here!
Note: Reapply sunscreen often, especially after swimming or sweating.
Alcohol is no substitute for water! Often at vacation events, people tend to drink a lot of alcohol beverages but very little water. Beware though, the dry heat of the desert (with little or no humidity) will easily dehydrate you, so drink lots of water. Temperatures in Palm Springs can range from 70 degrees at night to the mid 90's+ during the day, typical desert weather. The daytime heat is why private clothing optional resorts and spas abound in this desert Oasis. So please be careful.
Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. At Blatino Oasis, we strive for a stigma free, sex positive atmosphere. We encourage attendees who plan to attend Blatino Oasis to test for sexually transmitted infections (STI's) prior to visiting Palm Springs and before or after you leave. Exposing others to STI's is not a good sexual health practice, so it is important that you test for STI's before coming so that you can be treated. The Desert AIDS Project (DAP) in Palm Springs, has been our partner for over a decade and offers of a variety of STI testing and treatment options.
Please test before you come to Palm Springs and before or after you leave. Learn more about testing and treatment for STI's while in Palm Springs, by clicking here.
If you are in recovery and looking for support groups to maintain your sobriety while you are at Blatino Oasis, please click here to see a list of sobriety groups in the Palm Springs area.
GROUND TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
Palm Springs is a very compact city with plenty of free street parking throughout.
The FREE Buzz Trolley
This free trolley service operates on Thursdays - Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The BUZZ will travel in a loop from Smoketree Lane and East Palm Canyon Drive, north to Via Escuela.
The system will have four buses, to ensure that a rider can hop on any one of the 30 stops every 15 minutes. The BUZZ will make it convenient for tourists and residents to get around downtown and uptown.
Click here for details.
Uber: For those of you who have the UBER app, you're good and for those that don't, you might want to download UBER today!
A car sharing service similar to UBER. Download the LYFT app and start riding.
(click here), gas won't be a problem because you could drive to everything over the weekend and still have a half a tank of gas left or more, that's just how close everything is.
DESERT CITY CAB -
Desert City Cab 760-328-2227
One of the funnest ways to get around the desert! Click here for details.
The Sun Bus also runs along the strip and is a good affordable option as well. Just $1.00 each way or $3.00 for an all day pass. Medicare or ADA card .50 cents each way or $1.50 for day Pass. Click here for info and schedules.
ARE CAMERA'S ALLOWED?
Blatino Oasis is aware that technology has made it very difficult to prevent video recording. However, we ask that attendees not record nudity of non-performing or non-entertainer nudity. Blatino Oasis has our own team of photographers and videographers for this event. We appreciate your cooperation.
PLEASE BE SAFE WHILE IN PALM SPRINGS!
Safety from our perspective ranges from not driving while drunk to practicing safer sex. We encourage all attendees to enjoy themselves responsibly.