Are you looking for a warm, tropical vacation destination this winter? With its “fun in the sun,” laid back attitude, the Caribbean is always a top choice for travelers looking for the ideal beach getaway.
Unfortunately, a lot of areas there are not exactly known for being LGBT-friendly. However, there are still some destinations you and your partner can still consider.
Here’s a look at 6 destinations in the Caribbean that are welcoming when it comes to LGBT travelers:
This island has been the most welcoming publicly when it comes to LGBT travelers. In fact, they encourage gay tourism with gay-friendly hotels and attractions. Their tourist board even using marketing campaigning to invite LGBT couples to come “live and let live” in their laid back tropical paradise.
This tiny island is known for its awesome outdoor activities like hiking and diving, and it’s quickly gaining momentum with its reputation of being LGBT-friendly. In fact, it’s currently the only place in the Caribbean that allows same sex marriage. There’s even a significant gay and lesbian population and many kinds of activities geared towards LGBT travelers.
U.S. Virgin Islands
This area of the Caribbean has grown into a mecca of sorts for gay and lesbian travelers, particularly on St. Croix. Check out the Sand Castle on the Beach resort in Fredericksted. The LGBT vibe here is tolerant throughout the Virgin Islands and should make for a fun and enjoyable vacation stay.
If you’re looking for a great nightlife scene, this is the place to go if you’re an LGBT traveler. On the mainland of the island as well as the island of Vieques, you’ll find plenty of gay-friendly resorts and activities. You’ll also have the protection of U.S. anti-discrimination laws as well.
St. Martin / St. Maarten
Both Dutch islands have a long standing LGBT-friendly reputation. There are plenty of private villas for rent that cater to the gay and lesbian community, as well as plenty of beaches and bars where the gay and straight crowds co-mingle peacefully.
Its laid back French culture and beautiful beaches are already a huge draw. But St. Barts is also known as being very gay-friendly as well. You and your partner can relax and enjoy each other while taking a romantic stroll or swimming in the warm sea without having to worry about looking over your shoulder.