The Caribbean — a region of island paradise, with sun-soaked beaches to relax on and hunky pirates with eyeliner sailing around, right? Not quite. Despite the laid-back reputation, the countries here are often hostile to the gay community and the discriminatory laws in place have proven hard to repeal. Despite the much stronger religious traditions in Catholic Latin America, the laws and attitudes towards homosexuality there are much more liberal; while the English-speaking Caribbean are considerably less gay-friendly, to the point of being dangerous in some places.
Gay and lesbian travel in Central America is very much still in development. Unfortunately, many other places are homophobic — or worse. Note: Unless you're in an openly gay-friendly bar, club, or hotel, same-sex public displays of affection are always discouraged in Central America. For now, at least. For a comprehensive list of gay and lesbian-friendly hotels, check out Purple Roofs and World Rainbow Hotels. Costa Rica is probably the most gay-friendly of Central America countries, particularly in the capital city of San Jose.
The Best Caribbean Destinations for Gay and Lesbian Travelers
With its fun-in-the-sun destinations, carefree attitude, and myriad couples-oriented resorts, the Caribbean seems an ideal vacation spot for gay and lesbian couples. But not all Caribbean islands are created equal: some notably the French, Dutch, and U. With the help of the travel experts at LGBT News , here are our picks for the top Caribbean destinations for gay travelers:. The tiny island of Saba is known mostly for its diving, hiking, and other outdoor activities, but is quickly gaining a reputation as a bastion of tolerance in the Caribbean, too.
The Caribbean has a checkered past when it comes to welcoming gay travelers. Luckily, there are still plenty of resort choices for gay couples considering the Caribbean for their honeymoon. Here are some of the most gay-friendly.