Friendly Caribbean Getaways in the ABC Is­lands

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Then there is Cu­ra­cao, which is un­doubt­edly the most LGBT-friendly of the three. In fact, Cu­ra­cao is ba­si­cally the gayest is­land in the Caribbean; and they are proud of this un­of­fi­cial honor, and cel­e­brate with a ma­jor pride week­end in the fall (at one point it even had two pride cel­e­bra­tions in one year). The is­land ac­tu­ally has sev­eral gay bars – the most pop­u­lar be­ing lo­cated at the Floris Suite Ho­tel [Pis­cader­aweg, Willem­stad | (800) 411-0170], the adults-only ho­tel on Pis­cadera Bay in Willem­stad. This is the go-to hotspot for gay trav­el­ers vis­it­ing the is­land. Here, guests en­joy a lux­u­ri­ous am­biance, trop­i­cal flair, mod­ern dé­cor, and posh ameni­ties (in­clud­ing a pop­u­lar pool area that also of­fers day passes for non-ho­tel guests). The ho­tel gives back to the com­mu­nity in many ways through­out the year, be­yond sim­ply of­fer­ing a space where all LGBT cou­ples feel com­fort­able be­ing them­selves, in­clud­ing host­ing the an­nual pride cel­e­bra­tion (which goes on for five days) and weekly LGBT par­ties.

Though there are over 300 days of sun shin­ing bright through­out the year in Al­bu­querque, this New Mex­ico city is a rather un­der-the-radar LGBT travel es­cape when com­pared to des­ti­na­tions such as Los An­ge­les, New York and Mi­ami. Ad­mit­tedly, many of the ac­com­mo­da­tions, restau­rants and clubs are very ca­sual, and very “South­west” – so if this style does not ap­peal to you, you should prob­a­bly avoid this des­ti­na­tion. How­ever, for those who are seek­ing a ca­sual get­away in Amer­ica’s South­west, the en­vi­ron­ment is warm and friendly; and is a des­ti­na­tion with a rather large LGBT lo­cal com­mu­nity. There is not a spe­cific gay­bor­hood in town, but Nob Hill is an eclec­tic area that is filled with quirky shops and sev­eral gay wa­ter­ing holes. Down­town also of­fers a range of restau­rants, spe­cialty shops and cul­tural fes­ti­vals; and is home to the Ef­fex Night­club [420 Cen­tral Ave SW | (505) 842-8870], the city’s largest night­club, which hap­pens to be of the gay va­ri­ety. With mul­ti­ple bars and dance floors, the night­club tops off its mul­ti­level venue with an out­door, rooftop space. Stay on Cen­tral Ave (or Route 66) to ex­pe­ri­ence the best of both Nob Hill and Down­town.

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Cu­ra­cao Tourism Aruba Tourism: www.aruba.com

Bon­aire Tourism: www.tourism­bonaire.com Cu­ra­cao Tourism: www.cu­ra­cao.com Car­ni­val Cruise Line: www.car­ni­val.com

Aruba Mar­riott Re­sort & Stel­laris Casino: www.mar­riott.com

Floris Suite Ho­tel: www.floris­suit­e­ho­tel.com

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Aruba Mar­riott Re­sort & Stel­laris® Casino

Wel­come to Aruba, Bon­aire and Cu­ra­cao...

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