10. The Caribbean – St. Barts, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico – The Caribbean Islands are very popular for honeymooners across all walks of life. With crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, and little umbrellas in your drinks who wouldn’t want to relax on an island in the sun with their loved one, right? While quite tempting as a destination, gay and lesbian travelers should be aware that not every island is as welcoming towards us queers. Destinations in the Caribbean that are not friendly towards the LGBT due to their laws against homosexuality are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica. So which islands are safe for honeymooning gays? Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Martin, St. Maarten, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are great destinations where LGBT travelers can feel safe and comfortable.
9. Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona has it all! Beaches, nightlife, Spainish architecture, and best of all equality for all queers. With one of the most progressive laws favoring LGBT rights, queer travelers feel welcomed with open arms. The city of Barcelona makes for a memorable honeymoon destination. There are several gay beaches including Platja de Sant Sebastià and the clothing optional Platja de la Mar Bella. Only 45 minutes south of Barcelona is the city of Sitges, a popular gay resort destination. Relax on the beaches, hit up the clubs, view the museums and art, and people watch!
4. Mexico – Puerto Vallarta & Cancun – The country of Mexico flourishes in LGBT life attracting queers from all across the globe. Cities that stand out to LGBT honeymooners are Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. Puerto Vallarta’s old Spanish feel and lively gay scene make it well worth consideration. Plus, there are more than a dozen gay hotels in Vallarta. Cancun on the one hand certainly does not have the same gay scene as Puerto Vallarta might, but its location on the Gulf Coast and tropical climate attracts just about every vacationer. Most travelers choose Cancun for its all-inclusive properties and luxury resorts. It doesn’t hurt that the costs are generally cheaper than other international destinations either, which is a huge factor for couples planning a honeymoon.
1. Costa Rica – Costa Rica is the destination rising to the tops of most LGBT traveler’s lists. Known for its rain forests, volcano, and wildlife… this natural gem of a country makes for the perfect honeymoon destination. Probably the best part about Costa Rica is its laid back attitude and way of life, attracting tons of travelers who are looking to just get away from it all. From tree houses to costal casas, gay and lesbian travelers are flocking to Costa Rica to experience the laid back lifestyle. There are tons of LGBT properties to choose from across the country. Eco tours, nature hikes, the floura and fauna, activities, and the animals will keep you busy for days.
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