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August 22, 2014
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LGBT Caribbean Travel
ImageEven though some of the islands of the Caribbean have a reputation for homophobia (Jamaica is a prime example), for most of the islands, once there are no public displays of affection (PDA), most people look the other way and are generally comfortable and friendly with gay and lesbian travelers.

The French, Dutch, and US islands welcome gay travelers with open arms and actively promote themselves as "gay friendly". Curacao and St Maarten have popular gay bars and gay nights at the straight bars. Saba is another very gay friendly destination - a little more difficult to get to, but worth the effort. And Saba now has the island's first gay lounge and poolside bar located at the Shearwater Resort. Saba has a thriving gay population (though tiny), and everyone is treated in the same friendly manner.

Jamaica is well known for it's homophobia, but the island does have a thriving gay community and several gay friendly hotels. Barbados and the Cayman Islands also tend to be a bit homophobic, but in Barbados, once there is no PDA, people are generally welcoming to gay and lesbian travelers.

Generally speaking, when traveling in the Caribbean, once gay and lesbian travelers remember the PDA rule and all should be well!



ST BARTHS
St Barths is well known as one of the most (if not the most) gay-friendly island in the Caribbean, and it has become a very popular destination for well-to-do gay and lesbian travelers from around the world. Saline Beach is one thousand feet of white sand splendour where nudity is allowed and where gays flock. There is no specific gay scene, gay bar, etc, but same sex couples are welcomed everywhere on St Barths.

SABA
Saba is a very gay friendly destination and now has the gay owned and operated Shearwater Resort, complete with the island's only gay lounge and pool-side bar. Everyone is welcome everywhere on Saba. Saba also now offers gay marriage.

CURACAO
Curacao not only has gay bars and hotels that are members of IGLTA, but the island's Tourist Board has a section of their website that is totally dedicated to gay and lesbian travelers - how's that for forward thinking! Sunset Waters Beach is a magnificent nudist beach that attracts a gay crowd. Avalon is a touch of South Beach in Curacao, including the gay-friendly attitude. It is located in the GLBT-popular area of Otrabanda and has a large following of both gay and lesbian customers. There is a very extensive martini menu that attracts locals and visitors in droves, plus exciting tapas and sushi. Remember to leave room for the delectable desserts.

PUERTO RICO
Condado Beach in San Juan has a very lively gay scene, particularly just outside the Atlantic Beach Hotel, which has a "friendly" and buzzing beach bar and cafe. Just off the north-east coast of Puerto Rico, you will find the tiny and gay and lesbian friendly island of Vieques. The small beach in the village of Esperanza is a favorite hangout for guests staying at the many gay friendly inns to be found on the island.

SINT MAARTEN
Cupecoy Beach is the gay beach on St Maarten, and is usually choc-a-block with nude and semi-nude buff bodies. St Maarten also boasts gay and lesbian friendly bars that have GLBT nights.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Megan's Bay Beach, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands is a wonderful stretch of snow white sand fringed with sea grape trees and calm waters. It is a popular beach for the local and visiting gays and lesbians to spend some quiet time. On St Croix, there is an unspoilt beach just south of Frederiksted and within walking distance of the gay friendly Sand Castle on the Beach Resort, that attracts a large number of gay and lesbian travelers. The Beach Side Cafe on St Croix, located at the gay friendly Sand Castle on the Beach, enjoys a fabulous seaside location with a largely GLBT crowd that appreciates great food and a romantic setting. The owners, Simone Palmer and Sheryl Smith, welcome everyone to their restaurant. There is live music on Saturday nights.

ANGUILLA
Straw Hat is a very well established and popular restaurant on Anguilla. The owner is a New Yorker who does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, hires gay staff and, as a result, attracts gay clientele, many of whom are repeat visitors to the restaurant. Peter Parles, the owner, said "I will not tolerate discrimination, and everyone is welcome at my restaurant. When someone's in this restaurant they're our guest, and they will be treated accordingly."

ARUBA
The Dutch islands tend to be less homophobic, and Aruba is no exception. Pinchos Grill & Bar specializes in kebabs, and this very romantic restaurant is located at the end of a pier over the sea, and is well known for it's excellent and innovative cuisine, as well as the gay and lesbian friendly environment.

GRENADA
Grenada as a whole tends to be a bit conservative, but the well known and popular Laluna Restaurant has a loyal following of GLBT customers. The excellent Italian food and fabulous views contribute to the attraction of this well established restaurant. Italian food with a Grenadian touch. The wine cellar is stocked with more than 10 000 bottles of wine, many of which are various vintages direct from Italy.

ANTIGUA
C&C Wine Bar is the perfect place to sample the extensive selection of South African wines, and to enjoy the atmosphere of St John's, the capital of Antigua. C&C are agents for many South African wines, and it is also a popular gay and lesbian friendly wine bar serving up delicious meals at reasonable prices. Better still, they will deliver wine direct to you at your home, villa or yacht.

BARBADOS
Barbados has a reputation for homophobia, but there are actually some very "friendly" restaurants and bars around the island. Of particular note is the Waterfront Cafe in Bridgetown with a wonderful location overlooking the water, and serving great food and cold drinks six days a week until 5:30pm. Surfers Cafe in Oistins is gay and lesbian friendly, has good food in generous portions at reasonable prices, and the coldest beers. They also have live music at weekends. The 39 Steps and Champers are very "friendly" restaurants with great food and service, and are not to be missed on any account. Mama Mia, with locations on the Hastings main road and in Wildey, is very gay and lesbian friendly and welcoming. They also serve authentic Italian food, fabulous gourmet pizzas, antipasti, delicious desserts and Italian wines. Seating at Mama Mia is indoors in airconditioned comfort and outside on a spacious deck. The Hastings location of Mama Mia is open from 8:30am til about 9pm, and the Wildey location opens from 8:30am til 6pm, both closed on Sundays.

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