Top 3 Travel Destinations This Season
While some may see LGBT travel as simply gay cruises and pride festivals, the community really just wants to enjoy a fantastic getaway in destinations that are welcoming and friendly. The scene-y happenings can simply be the rainbow sprinkles on a community-friendly vacation for travelers. Here are several to visit now:
The Caribbean often has a bad reputation of not being LGBTfriendly, and on some islands such as Haiti and Jamaica, this is unfortunately still oftentimes true. However, it would be unfortunate to let a few destinations discourage you from planning a getaway to this beautiful part of the world. Planning a cruise is one way to experience the Caribbean. Cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Line is ideal for LGBT travelers, in particular for its entertainment offerings, which range from Broadway-style musical theatre productions to its Carnival Live lineup that recently featured Kathy Griffin as the headliner. Among the ports of call during a number of these cruises are the ABC islands, otherwise known as Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
As they are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, where same-sex marriage is legal, each of these islands are very gay friendly. Among the three, Aruba is perfect for group and family getaways with several larger resorts, countless bars, beautiful beaches and off-road adventures. The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is an upscale resort with amazing views from your room’s 100 square foot balcony, Marriott’s signature Revive beds and bedding, private lounges, two outdoor pools, beach club, casino and a selection of six eateries and two bars (one is poolside, of course). Bonaire is the smallest of the ABC Islands, and is known for its excellent snorkeling and scuba diving – essentially a complete escape from everything.
Photography Courtesy Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris® Casino