Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Top 10 LGBT Honeymoon Destinations

By Jeremy Bryant

Now that more states in the U.S. have legalized gay marriage, there’s even more reason to take a gay honeymoon. But where to? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 gay and lesbian honeymoon destinations travelers are heading to.

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!

8. Las Vegas – Las Vegas, the sin city that lures in everyone whether it’s for the shows, food, opulence, or gambling has been making a huge push to welcome us queers for the past few years. Most of the major hotels and resorts are gay-friendly and there are even some properties just for us gays. The Blue Moon Las Vegas has been home away from home for us homos (men only) for years. Traditionally, the “gay scene” in Vegas has been focused around the area called “the Fruit Loop.” The Fruit Loop is located on Paradise Rd near the Hard Rock Hotel. Krave, a staple in the gay Vegas nightclub scene is the closest to the strip, right near Planet Hollywood. However, the excitement has shifted north-west where the new nightclub: Share Nightclub. Located on Wynn Rd between the Orleans and Palms Casinos, what makes Share unique is its male stripper license. (Oh boy... I can see it now, Vegas is going to break our pink banks.) For gay and lesbian honeymooners, Las Vegas is sure to leave a lasting impression for you to remember forever. Just remember what they say: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

7. Sydney – A popular choice for many gay and lesbian travelers is Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s gay welcoming vibe has been attracting the LGBT community for years. The city of Sydney offers incredible restaurants, shopping, and art scene. The gay scene in Sydney rivals that of any other major queer city, so you can dance and party the night away. Sydney is the most mainstream gay cultured city in Australia. For the LGBT community, head for Taylor Square, on Oxford Street at Bourke St., and you'll be in the heart of the gay district, with plenty of free newspapers and maps to guide you to the latest attractions and events. The beaches are also a part of Sydney's gay life. The clothing optional Lady Jane beach is a leisurely ferry ride from town.

6. Napa Valley & Sonoma – Vineyards and wine! Need we say more? Lol. What queer doesn’t enjoy a glass here and there? This northern California region, world renowned for its wineries, makes for a perfect honeymoon getaway. In fact, many people opt to host their weddings here too! It’s just that beautiful. Stunning wineries are sprinkled throughout the valley surrounded with the backdrop of the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the western and northern sides the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side. Coupled with the Mediterranean climate, the region is perfect for producing quality grapes. Quaint towns like St. Helena, Calistoga, and Yountville offer rich history and culture of the area. Sit back, take the wine train, stay at a local Bed & Breakfast, and just relax with your loved one. Oh, and of course… enjoy the wine!

5. South Africa – Cape Town – With stunning beaches, dramatic mountains, and an openly gay population (same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa), it’s no wonder gay couples are flocking to South Africa. Recognized for its local wines and dinning, South Africa is renowned as being one of the most gay-friendly locations in the world. That’s a huge since the majority of the continent is not gay-friendly at all! Luxury boutiques and Safari tours are popular choices for many honeymooners. Either way, South Africa offers it all.

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.

3. Canada – Vancouver & Toronto – The country Canada in general is a huge hit with us queers. With friendly citizens, inviting cities, and an overall clean atmosphere, it’s no wonder we’re heading north for honeymoon havens. Two cities that stand out are Toronto and Vancouver. With liberal laws protecting gay and lesbians and one of the most progressive, gay-friendly tourist bureaus on the planet, LGBT travelers feel comfortable and safe. That being said, Canada is a popular choice for queer honeymooners.

2. Maui – The islands of Hawaii have been attracting honeymooners for years. Maui in particular has been a hot spot for gay and lesbian honeymooners. Incredible weather and white sandy beaches are just two of the reasons Maui keeps popping up on many honeymooner’s lists. When many people dream of their honeymoon they imagine a tropical island paradise, and that’s exactly what the island of Maui is. Each island has its unique features and cater to different travelers, for instance Kauai is definitely more quite and remote where Oahu is vibrant and "touristier." Maui is a nice blend of the two islands and offers great activities for couples to enjoy with just enough privacy.

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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