Are you planning a gay Caribbean holiday and wondering where you can go and which bits of the world are safest for you? Safety isn’t an aspect you should have to consider, but unfortunately, it is something gay individuals often need to take into account while traveling in this area. We’re also going to look at the best and most beautiful places to visit, so you’ve got everything you need in one place!
Some of the best places to visit include Puerto Rico, Curaçao, St. Martin, Martinique, St. Croix, and Aruba. These all offer a friendly scene that is safe for homosexuals and provides a welcoming environment, and there are plenty of amazing things to do. These are the top spots for people looking to enjoy an amazing Caribbean holiday!
Let’s check out these hot spots and talk about the pros and cons of each, as well as looking at some of the most amazing things you might choose to do in them. There are some great options here!
Puerto Rico is famous for being one of the “gayest” out there, and it’s definitely a place where you can feel comfortable and welcome, no matter what your sexuality is. Fondly referred to as the “gayest place in the Caribbean,” this is a great place for homosexuals to relax and enjoy themselves, and you can’t beat it for scenery.
It’s frequently called “The Island of Enchantment” because of just how magical it is, and the vacation experience it offers is almost unmatched. With stunning beaches and beautiful palm trees, you’ll find a place to remember without question. Lie in the sunshine with your favorite drink in hand, soak up some rays with the sound of the water, and then in the evening, head to a gay club or bar to mingle and have fun.
There are plenty of specifically gay scenes here, including the Xteamworks sauna, SX Club, and more. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find something to indulge in for fun and relaxation, and of course, there’s also Pride Puerto Rico or the Winter Pride Fest if you’re visiting at the right time of year. What a beautiful way to enjoy a holiday – coming together with others to celebrate the power of love.
If you want to go somewhere much smaller, Curaçao is the spot for you, found just off the coast of Venezuela. It’s a constituent of the Netherlands, and although it’s not quite as gay-friendly as its ruling country, it is still a gem among the Caribbean islands in terms of being open and welcoming. It’s considered one of the safest options.
For those who are big fans of architecture, the capital Willemstad is a beautiful place to visit; it’s full of bright paintings and Dutch style. Many people love how colorful the city is, and this is a wonderful way to remember how accepting they are of people from all walks of life – a visual comfort as you stroll around exploring.
Willemstad is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, so if you’re interested in culture and you want to see some of the world’s most breathtaking beauties, this is definitely worth adding to your list for the holiday. It’s a fantastic place to be yourself and to feel good, while soaking in some stunning aesthetics and a unique, vibrant culture.
The nightlife is also particularly good on this island; you’ll find the place constantly awake with things to do and parties into the small hours. There’s also plenty of scope for snorkeling and scuba diving, checking out some of the phenomenal Caribbean wildlife as it drifts around the island.
A French and Dutch island, St. Martin is known for its progressive approach to relationships, and the fact that it is supportive of same-sex couples. It offers a lot by way of culture, such as Marigot, oft likened to the French Riviera. It’s resplendent with restaurants and lovely shops, and you’re bound to find some great souvenirs here!
What’s more, there are 37 beaches – enough for even the most discerning beach-goer. You can sun yourself to your heart’s content on the stunning sands, and there’s even a nudist beach, Orient Bay, suitable for crowds who want to spend some time au naturel. Not everybody feels comfortable with this, but if you’re looking for it, it’s nice to know it’s available.
You can also check out Cupecoy Beach, which is perfectly gay-friendly, and has some breathtaking limestone cliffs that are not to be missed, even if you aren’t usually too interested in the scenery. Swim, surf, and sun yourself away; a visit to St. Martin is a key part of any Caribbean tour.
There’s no real “gay scene” at Martinique, but it’s definitely gay-friendly, so if you just want to go for a low-key vacation, this could be a great option. The suitable beaches include Grande Anse des Salines and Plage des Salines. Stay at one of the multitude of hotels, such as The Apolline Hotel, which caters to gay clients.
The scenery of this island is partly what sets it aside, and it’s a wonderful choice for nature lovers. Want to hike through the jungle and explore volcanic land? Want to soak in some true natural beauty as you unwind from the stressors of daily life?
You’re in luck: this is the place to be! The atmosphere is laid-back and welcoming, and there’s a lovely blend of French and Caribbean cultures, creating a paradise just waiting to be enjoyed.
St. Croix and its neighboring island St. Thomas are also wonderful havens for gay people, and some sources have this as a rival to Puerto Rico in terms of being welcoming. St. Croix is part of the US Virgin Isles, and St. Thomas is easily accessible, just a 2-hour ferry away. Whichever island takes your fancy, you can rest assured you’ll be enjoying sunshine and sand.
St. Croix is governed by the US and as such, visitors enjoy the same protections as gay people in the US. Furthermore, the island passed its own laws regarding hate crime in 2014, protecting LGBTQ+ individuals from violence.
The island offers an incredible boat tour around the Virgin Islands, and there’s also an opportunity to go on a private day tour. The island’s culture is generally welcoming to gay individuals, and US citizens don’t even need a passport to visit.
Check out hotels, restaurants, stores, clubs, and bars scattered across the island, and consider scuba lessons or just long, lazy days on the sands. It doesn’t get much better than this!
With a Pride month held in June and a huge number of parties and events specifically for gay people, Aruba offers everything you might want for your Caribbean holiday. You will find yourself very welcome here, especially in the capital city, Oranjestad, which has a myriad of clubs and bars to be enjoyed. It’s beautiful and vivacious, and there’s plenty to love.
The island is Dutch and is only around 70 square miles, making it perfect if you prefer a small vacation in a characterful place. Throughout the year, the island sees beautiful weather, with around 2 million people visiting annually. The breeze blows almost constantly, allowing you to stay cool even with the amazing sunshine.
Want turquoise waters, gleaming sandy beaches, and luxury hotels and resorts? Look no further; you will find everything you could want here. It doesn’t have a big gay scene because it’s such a small island, but it’s still welcoming, and many people love their vacations here.
A funny nickname for St. Barthélemy, this is the place to be if you’re into high-end luxury and you like vacations with a splash of riches. There are tons of luxury hotels and posh resorts to check out, plus a plethora of fancy stores and lovely boutiques. If you love to shop or sit back and be pampered, this is the place to be.
It’s not the cheapest island to visit, as you might expect, but it does have a huge amount on offer. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits to enjoy, and gay marriage has been recognized here since 2013 – an immensely important factor for some individuals. You will feel safe and welcome traveling here, and ever so spoiled by the surroundings too.
Although Cuba was somewhat late to the party in legalizing gay marriage (it only happened in 2022), gay sex has been legal here since 1979, and overall, Cuba isn’t doing badly in terms of its progressiveness. It isn’t the Caribbean island most known for its welcoming atmosphere, but it may surprise you with its progressive approach, and could be well worth a visit, especially if you want a destination that pretty much “has it all.”
Cuba is brimming with vibrant cities, a rich culture, and amazing natural spaces too. You can trek through unspoiled forests, spread yourself out on a sandy beach, or hit the town and shop or party until you can’t stand up any longer. You’ll make some fabulous memories in this place, enjoying all the best that it has to offer.
Many people say that Cuba is a place of contradictions; it’s filled with both shabbiness and beauty, a strange combination of old and new coming together to create a unique charm that you’ll likely never see anywhere else. It’s also ever-changing, so even if you’ve been before, it’s worth another visit to make the most of its ambiance and soak up the culture.
It’s also worth pointing out that the law change was very welcomed by the locals; a referendum saw a decent majority in favor of amending the “Family Code,” and these amendments approved same-sex marriage and improved adoption rights. That means you’re likely to be met with kindness and warmth from the locals; you know that this is a place where love is the law – as the President said upon the passing of the act.
While Cuba may still have some way to go in terms of its policies and getting everyone on board, there’s no doubt that it’s a place where many LGBTQ+ people have gone and had wonderful vacations – so why not add yourself to that list?
Turks and Caicos
Simply looking for beautiful beaches where you can kick back with something cold and stare at the astonishing beauty that is the tropical ocean? Turks and Caicos offers some stunning beaches that you will never forget – with crystal clear waters and white sand, this is perfect if you want to take your holiday at a slower pace.
It’s important to note that Turks and Caicos isn’t lauded as the most gay-friendly island on the list, but it is considered a safe destination, and most travelers have found locals to be warm and welcoming regardless of who they are. It’s rare to face any discrimination at resorts, and on the whole, same-sex relationships are not treated as unusual.
The law doesn’t provide for same-sex marriages, but homosexuality is legal and most travelers report feeling safe and comfortable here. If you can’t resist those tempting beaches, the great news is, you should be fine to enjoy yourself, and the chances are, nobody will give you a second glance.
Many Caribbean islands are safe and welcoming for members of the gay community to visit, and it’s important to check this out before you plan your trip, or you could find yourself with a less than enjoyable vacation. Always familiarize yourself with your destination’s laws and make sure you can comply to ensure you have a wonderful time. Fortunately, more and more Caribbean destinations are recognizing that love is love, and updating their legislation accordingly.
You should have a few great options for this list; we’ve tried to include something for everybody to ensure that you get the most from your vacation. Whether that’s a club with techno music, sleeping in the sunshine, hiking through nature, wading in the ocean, shopping in fancy boutiques, or dancing under the stars, you’ll find a place for it in this list of options. Have a wonderful holiday!
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