Friendly Caribbean Getaways in the ABC Islands
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
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