Some favorite LGBTQ friendly destinations
Love is love is love! In a perfect world, that paradigm would prevail. Everyone deserves to be happy and live a life with equal opportunity, fairness, and mutual respect without the judgment of others.
However, we live in a world where discrimination, bigotry, and sexism exist. 71 countries don’t recognize the universal emotion of love because they have laws that criminalize homosexuality. Where travel to certain parts of the world is closed to a population because of who they choose to love. But some wonderful travel options are available to the LGBTQ+ community, where travel can be enjoyed without fear of discrimination or violence.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”– Jawaharial Nehru
Thankfully, more and more countries are welcoming the LGBTQ travel community. LGBTQ travelers are a growing market and have a lot of spending power. Below are a few destinations that have been identified as LGBTQ friendly.
Gay-Friendly Beach Destinations
Can you picture it? You are basking in the sun on white sandy beaches with your loved ones and watching the most beautiful red and orange sunset being mirrored on the ocean in front of you. If you are a beach lover interested in the miles-long white sandy beaches and pristine waters, then the Caribbean is the best place to be.
There are various islands that are LGBTQ friendly, namely:
- The Saba Island
- St. Barts
- St. Martin
St. Martin is full of unspoiled natural environments and sceneries. In addition, there is an exceptional multicultural environment that offers fantastic nightlife and dining options. If you are a thrill-seeker, then Saba Island is especially noteworthy. Enjoy hiking or diving along the bright, fish-filled reefs for exciting afternoons outdoors. There is also an exceptional LGBTQ community on Saba Island where you can be yourself without judgment.
St. Barts Island is a great place to go if you want privacy. There are many private villas throughout the island for you to enjoy quiet moments and unwind. With a laid-back French culture and ample shopping boutiques, this is the place to be to soak in the beauty of the island.
Puerto Rico is very LGBTQ-friendly and safe for travelers. Along with the gorgeous beaches and views, Puerto Rico has a tropical rainforest. Hike through the thick woodlands with vines and moss creeping up the tall trees surrounded by ferns and other interesting flora.
If the sights aren’t enough to make you want to visit Puerto Rico, then the thriving nightlife will convince you to choose this destination. There are rooftop bars, clubs, and more with dancing and live music that will make it impossible not to dance the night away.
Simply walking through Puerto Rico is an adventure. Street art, performers, and vibrant culture are seen at every turn. Puerto Rico won’t disappoint – whether it be a dining experience, a party, or a stroll through an art museum, Puerto Rico won’t disappoint.
Australia is a one-of-a-kind travel destination that is gay-friendly, accepting, and welcoming to all travelers. While down under, see the unique wildlife or explore the caves and coves along the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The landscapes vary from the hot, red desert to moist, tropical forests that will be a memorable natural location.
Melbourne and Sydney have a large LGBTQ community and draw many tourists alike. The nightlife is equally fun. You can search for the secret bars in Sydney or Melbourne in unmarked buildings or chill at an Aussie wine bar. They have some of the best gay beaches in the world and a Mardi Gras that rivals New Orleans.
Berlin is an exciting tourist destination and gets celebrated for its freedom for all communities. Its history is seen all throughout the city in its architecture, cultural landmarks, and museums. The Holocaust Memorial will give you chills, but the city’s history has shaped them into what it is today.
With 14 Michelin star restaurants, craft beer places all over the city, and a melting pot of various clubs, you will never run out of things to see or do.
Other LGBTQ-Friendly Cities
Amsterdam has been known for it’s accommodations and special event like the Gay Pride parade in August with huge street parties that last all weekend.
Brighton, U.K., is another loved destination for the LGBTQ community. There is a beautiful pebbled beach and pier to explore. Rio de Janeiro is another famous hotspot where gay travelers can participate in Carnival. The festivities consist of electrifying music, culture, and local food.
Bangkok is well known for its scenic beaches, colorful markets, and thriving nightlife. Stop at a street vendor, try unique oriental food, and snap incredible pictures at ancient architectural sites. New York, Prague, and Puerto Vallarta are also worth looking into for a vacation! All these destinations have been identified as safe and welcoming. But it’s important to conduct independent research before packing your bags.
Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is a co-founder of World Footprints. A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session). An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector. She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and memberships in the National Speakers Association, Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member. Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.