Top 3 Travel Des­ti­na­tions This Sea­son

LuxeGetaways - - Editor’s Note - BY: AN­DREW VIL­LAGOMEZ

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

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