The Caribbean has a checkered past when it comes to welcoming gay travelers. Some Caribbean destinations open the door wide, while others greet LGBTQ travelers with in-your-face prejudice. 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.
Floris Suite Hotel – Spa & Beach Club, Curacao
The Dutch island of Curacao has a reputation for being particularly welcoming to LGBTQ travelers. The island is even the site of the first annual Caribbean Gay Spring Break Festival, which kicks off March 29-31. An argument could be made that the Floris Suite Hotel – Spa & Beach Club is party central for gays throughout the year. The boutique all-suite hotel has 72 units, which keeps things on the intimate side. A beach is within walking distance, and the resort has its own beach club, pool, spa, restaurant and fitness center. Another plus is the concierge’s “Out and About” guide, which will help LGBTQ couples find gay-friendly activities throughout the island. The adults-only resort is about a five-minute drive to Willemstad, the island’s colorful capital, making it easy to enjoy a beach-and-city combination holiday. The standard rate at Floris hovers around $159 a night, but rates are subject to change depending on the season.
Belmond La Samanna, St. Martin
The sophisticated dual destination of Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin is unblushingly accepting of LGBTQ travelers. St. Maarten has the clothing optional gay-centric Cupecopy Beach and the famous dinner drag show at L’Escargot, while St. Martin has the Orient nude beach. For an ultra-luxe gay-friendly honeymoon, consider Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin. The 83-room, suite and villa resort is certified by the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Here honeymooners will find a spa with a couples’ treatment room, two swimming pools, and beach cabanas on Long Bay Beach. Couples can take it over the top by booking the resort’s Baie Royale honeymoon suite, which has sea views, a plunge pool and three balconies. The starting rate at Belmond La Samanna is $545 per night.
San Juan Water Beach Club, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s center of gay-friendly vibes is its capital city of San Juan. The city on the beach offers a blend of colonial history, amazing dining and blistering nightlife. The cosmopolitan beach neighborhood of Isla Verde is where honeymooners will find the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel. The 80-room hotel is an oasis of sorts, with an infinity pool, rooftop bar and hip décor and ambiance. The beach is across the street, where guests of the hotel can avail themselves of complimentary deck chairs, umbrellas and towels. Be sure to request one of the rooms with sea views. While the hotel has two onsite restaurants, there are also plenty of options for dining in the neighborhood. Rates for Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2019, begin at $155 (not including taxes and fees) .
Queens Gardens Resort & Spa, Saba
The tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Saba — by virtue of being harder to reach — has maintained an air of exclusivity. Saba can be reached from St. Martin by either a 12-minute flight or via sea aboard a high-speed ferry. A large part of Saba’s appeal is its tranquil surroundings and bohemian-chic vibe. Saba lacks what might be called a gay scene, but it makes up for it in seclusion and sophistication. The island is a great choice for honeymooners who want to zero in on each other. Queens Gardens Resort & Spa is famous for its embrace of LGBTQ travelers. The resort is 1,200 feet above sea level, which keeps things breezily comfortable while at the same time providing awesome sea and rainforest views. There are only 12 suites, each with its own alfresco Jacuzzi (couples should make sure they request a suite with a sea view if that’s important to them). Features and amenities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa. Rates begin at $215 per night.
Sand Castle on the Beach Resort, St. Croix
While all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands are deemed LGBTQ-friendly, it’s St. Croix which has the reputation for being the most hospitable. As a U.S. territory, St. Croix also may have the most familiar and reassuring touch points for travelers new to the Caribbean. Sand Castle on the Beach Resort is not hesitant when it comes to laying out the red carpet for LGBTQ couples. Amenities include a restaurant, two pools, continental breakfast and complimentary kayaks and snorkel gear. Sand Castle’s Beachfront Villas, with sea-view patios, would be a good choice for honeymooners. High-season rates (Dec. 18 – April 3) start at $207 a night, while value-season rates (April 4-Dec. 17) dip to $175 a night.
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