Category Archives: Caribbean/Latin America

By @ 09/23/19 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay pride, Gay travel, Puerto Rico, Travel


LGBTQ travel Puerto Rico

AVENTURA! is a New, Inclusive LGBTQ Weekend in Vieques

Vieques is a sleepy beachside paradise off the coast of Puerto Rico where wild horses roam and tiny tree frogs sing. It’s an island famous for its black sand beaches and Caribbean sunsets.
And now it finally has its own LGBTQ weekend! 

On November 7-10, 2019, Aventura Vieques will kick-off a queer, rustic, sun-filled weekend full of food, art, culture and adventure!

Join us to and be part of queer Vieques history when we chill, party, dance and meet with LGBTQ people of all ages, races, body types, orientations and gender identities. No passport required for Americans!

San Juan’s New Winter PrideFest is Coming!
Escape the cold this winter and join us in Puerto Rico for WinterPrideFest, an epic four-day queer extravaganza celebrating love, culture, and diversity.

From December 12-16, 2019, we’ll be raving on the beach, dressing up for the NYC-style vogue ball, and snapping selfies with the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race at the biggest LGBTQ club in San Juan.

Book your tickets now for Winter Pride Fest!

Fort Lauderdale to Host First-Ever Pride of the Americas
Fort Lauderdale will make history in 2020 by hosting the first-ever ‘Pride of the Americas.’  The inaugural event expects more than 350,000 visitors from Alaska to Argentina to convene on Fort Lauderdale’s sandy white beach.

The celebration will showcase conferences and symposiums, an international arts festival, concerts and a huge parade. Mark your calendar now and make plans to join us to celebrate Pride with some of the most incredible countries and people from North, South and Central America, along with the gorgeous Caribbean islands.

Pride of the Americas

The Chesterfield Palm Beach
The Chesterfield Palm Beach is an architectural gem which integrates British elegance with southern coastal charm. A one-of-a-kind boutique destination, each room and space in the hotel has its own unique charm and distinctive characteristics. From wonderful, light and breezy spaces that evoke a sense of English summer time, to the uniquely stylish chic.

LGBTQ TRAVEL SAFETY GUIDE
When traveling to a country where sexual orientation or gender identity is criminalized, queer people deal with layers of complexity. Our new, expansive travel safety guideaddresses safety for all LGBTQ travelers, with insights, anecdotes and recommendations from some of the most important and influential voices in the travel world.

Download a PDF version of the guide here: http://bit.ly/LGBTQtravelsafetyguide

Or download the mobile version in the free ManAboutWorld App

 

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By @ 06/22/18 in CheckOut, Dominican Republic, Gay travel, Hotels, Ivan Quintanilla, Travel

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado sits on its own island, accessible only by ferry, off the secluded Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. This luxury all-inclusive resort is a good choice for couples seeking a romantic escape away from a gay party scene.

Location

Remoteness is part of the allure of the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado. With no direct flights from the United States and about a 2½ hour drive from Santo Domingo, the Samana Peninsula has remained a hidden gem in the Dominican Republic. The destination is more popular with Canadians and Europeans, who enjoy direct flights into the region’s airport from Toronto, Montreal and Frankfurt. A fifteen-minute ferry ride from Samana Bay Marina, the resort is the sole occupant on the island of Cayo Levantado. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore the natural beauty of the Samana Peninsula, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. The resort’s concierge can arrange any of the following excursions:

  • Los Haitises National Park: A half-day boat tour meanders through 618 square miles of lush islets home to rainforests, hiking trails and limestone caves.
  • Salto el Limon Waterfall: A 20-minute horseback ride through hilly terrain reveals a 130-foot waterfall from Sierra de Samana—a perfect photo backdrop, with its own natural dipping pool.
  • Humpback Whale Watching: These giant mammals are just like us and want to winter in the warm waters of the Caribbean. From January to March the Samana Bay boasts one of the largest concentrations of humpback whales in the Atlantic.
Room/Bathroom

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has 268 rooms of ranging categories, including Superior with two full-sized beds, Suites with king-sized beds and Beach Villas with their own terrace and access to the private beach. All have romantic canopy beds, hydro-massage tubs and 24-hour all-inclusive room service and minibars.

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineAmenities

Though there’s much to explore in Samana, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has you covered should you want to stay put on your own little Caribbean island. The all-inclusive resort offers 6 restaurants, with buffet and international a la carte options; and 4 bars, including a beach bar and a pool bar. Guests have full access to the resort’s relaxing private beach with kayaks and paddle boards available for use. There is also a public beach for day-trippers with lively beachside restaurants and bars. The resort even includes a scuba diving lesson in one of its 2 pools, should you want to prepare for deeper sea exploration. At night, you can hit the disco or enjoy nightly entertainment, ranging from acrobats to dance troupes. During our stay they even featured a synchronized swimming performance. Or you can wind down a romantic evening in your room with a specially prepared bath, from their butler services menu.

Gay Factor

At the resort, all guests are welcome and should not experience any issues, but this isn’t a gay party destination. Though homosexuality is legal in the Dominican Republic, gay travelers should still be cautious with public displays of affection. For non-gay-specific nightlife, the best option is the town of Las Terrenas, about a one-hour drive. This old fishing village is home to many French and German expats, making the town the most cosmopolitan of the province. At Las Terrenas, start your evening at the gay-owned Mi Corazon restaurant, serving international cuisine infused with local flavors.

Rates

All-inclusive rates start at $200 per person, per night, depending on the room selection and season.

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineABOUT THE CHECKOUT

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By @ 11/17/17 in Ed Salvato, Gay honeymoon, Gay rights, Gay travel, St. Lucia, Travel

Dominic Fedee, tourism minister for St. Lucia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Honorable Dominic Fedee visited New York this month with his marketing and public relations team to launch a new campaign for St. Lucia and to assure Americans that this lush Caribbean nation was not affected by recent hurricanes. The small country depends on tourism, and he asserts that “The best way to help the Caribbean is to visit the Caribbean.”

In St. Lucia, as in a number of Caribbean countries, same-sex relations between men are illegal though there are no laws against lesbians. We caught up with Minister Fedee to ask him whether LGBTQ visitors are welcome in St. Lucia. The interview, below, is part of a series with senior tourism leaders about LGBTQ travelers, including our recent interview with Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, MP.

Interview with the Honorable Dominic Fedee, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting by Ed Salvato

ManAboutWorld: Sometimes the LGBTQ media cites the Caribbean as an example of a region that is unfriendly or unwelcoming for gay travelers. Would you say LGBTQ traveler are welcome in St. Lucia?

Dominic Fedee: Well, everyone is welcome in St. Lucia. Absolutely. I can tell you there is a comprehensive constitutional review taking place in a number of Caribbean countries. Sometimes the books don’t reflect the pulse or where the population is and a lot of our law is based on old antiquated British law. For example, capital punishment is still in the books. You must remember that we are small jurisdictions. A lot of us only got independence in the ’60’s and ’70’s, and we don’t have the economic might to reform our legislation and make the changes necessary to move forward as fast as we would like.

But the question is, “As humans, how do we appreciate differences in one other? How do we respect each other and not allow those differences to divide us?” I think that is the key. I don’t think any of us will be extreme about any position. I think it is our responsibility to be patient and understanding with them and to keep giving them opportunities to understand us.

ManAboutWorld: Do you think that is a sentiment shared by yours fellow St. Lucians, especially in the hospitality industry, for customer-facing service workers? It feels like that may be the culture there.

Dominic Fedee: Well, I worked in the hospitality industry. I had 16 long years in the specific company and we welcomed many gay couples, and it is a practice.

ManAboutWorld: Is the government giving serious consideration to removing antiquated anti-sodomy laws? It sounds like the country doesn’t necessarily have the resources to move as quickly as it wants.

Dominic Fedee: Well, there’s a lot of discussion and debate. I mean I just got back and two weeks ago, the news was talking about whether marijuana should be legal — another subject that divides us. Also whether capital punishment should be legal. So it’s not just about same-sex marriage.

ManAboutWorld: A lot of countries and marketers are seeking gay travelers for the economic and social benefits that the group provides and the positive PR message it sends by welcoming them. Does St. Lucia actively seek to attract LGBTQ travelers?

Dominic Fedee: No, though everyone is welcome. I think of tourists are tourists. I don’t want to differentiate between Muslim and Black and White and Christian and fat or gay and straight. We welcome everybody.

ManAboutWorld: I interviewed a couple of hotel marketers in St. Lucia and one thing that came up a was that there seemed to be restrictions on marriage officiants blessing same-sex couples because they’re afraid that they could have their license revoked. Is that something that an officiant should be concerned about?

Dominic Fedee: Well, in the absence of a definitive policy, I can understand one would be cautious. I mean even in this interview — I can’t remember my cabinet ever sitting down together to talk about this specific problem. We have discussed the judicial system in general but we have not looked at whether we look specifically at gay marriages or marijuana. When do we make them legal? That discussion has taken place whether we disregard capital punishment. In some jurisdictions, that has been outlawed. It will take a lot of time for the Caribbean.

ManAboutWorld: Let me ask you this final question. Hospitality companies and brands are among the most progressive in the world, scoring high in the Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index which rates most large hotel companies 100% in terms of their support for their LGBTQ customers and employees. Is St. Lucia’s hospitality industry looking at LGBTQ issues in terms of any sort of sensitivity training or awareness as far as you know?

Dominic Fedee: We have a very active civil society group and we leave that — it is still a contentious issue even here in the United States. And so civil society drives that and I can’t remember government ever actively taking it on. I think the St. Lucian LGBTQ movement is very courageous. [editor’s note: Led by executive director, Kenita Placide of United & Strong (LGBTQI) St. Lucia.] I wish it all the best. It’s very welcoming and that’s why I love democracy where people can default on different things and people can still respect each other’s differences and people must not allow those differences to divide them. But the differences in us should inspire us and the differences in us should — we should all take away from the differences in us.

St. Lucia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine



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By @ 09/14/17 in Caribbean/Latin America, Gay travel, Travel

Help Rebuild LGBTI lives in the Caribbean through Alturi via ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineMost relief work in the Caribbean is administered by religious organizations, which often leaves LGBTI people without help. Our friends at Alturi show a way to directly fund the Caribbean’s most vulnerable communities:

From Alturi: In the Caribbean it can be extremely difficult to reach members of the LGBTI community, but in the wake of Irma’s destruction, reach them we must. Alturi is raising funds for CVC: Caribbean Vulnerable Communities. CVC has worked for 12 years to better the lives of the Caribbean’s most vulnerable communities, who in this case are even more vulnerable than before.

Emergencies often exacerbate prejudices and make marginalized people more vulnerable. In the 2008 Haiti earthquake, CVC witnessed first-hand the challenges faced by gay men who were blamed for the disaster by fundamentalist religious groups, and were denied food and water aid due to a ration plan that excluded households without females.

Help Rebuild LGBTI Caribbean Lives 

CVC and The Rustin Fund are offering support through their Emergency Relief Fund to people who have suffered from hurricane Irma. This Fund will help CVC’s partner organizations provide desperately needed vital services that address immediate basic needs for people who suffer discrimination. Please donate today, your help will help those who most need it after the destruction of hurricane Irma.

How Your Donation Helps

  • $15 – Provides Emergency Food and Water
  • $25 – Provides Emergency Clothing for Dislocated Folks
  • $50 – Helps Locate Long-Term Shelter
  • $100 – Supports On-the-Ground Organizers Assist Those in Need
  • $250 – Helps Rebuild the Homes of Dislocated Folks
Help Rebuild LGBTI Caribbean Lives 

 

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By @ 08/24/17 in Antigua, Gay travel, Jeffrey James Keyes, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThere’s a gorgeous gem of a resort tucked into the northwestern corner of Antigua, just where the Caribbean Sea seduces the shore. The elegant resort recently completed a major renovation and presents a refreshing mix of luxury and seclusion with 69 rooms & suites, 28 Cove Suites, and three unique villas. Prince Harry recently stayed at the idyllic tropical paradise sprawling across seventeen acres of perfectly manicured and blissful paradise.

Gay factor

It can be challenging to find a gay friendly vacation in the Caribbean but the Blue Waters Resort & Spa is safe and completely gay friendly boutique resort (and who doesn’t love a boutique resort?). The property is considered one of Antigua’s pioneers of hospitality and has a great deal of loyal British and European guests who are friendly and social. Rockstar General Manager Alistar Forrest remains committed to making all guests feel comfortable and rolls out the azure blue carpet for at Bartley’s Restaurant, across the lobby, and Pelican Bar and the hotel staff is personable, kind, and accommodating.

Rates

Blue Waters Resort & Spa offers competitive rates for such a luxurious property. Superior Hillside rooms range from $656 to $992 depending on the season. Deluxe Beachfront rooms are slightly higher, from $910 to $1146. If you wish to stay on an All Inclusive Basis the supplement is $173 per night. If you’re looking to stay in one of the Blue Waters decadent suites a basic Luxury Suite is from $1,644 to $2,174 seasonally, or their famed Turtle Cottage is between $2,146 to $2,989 depending on the season. The Penthouse (which can sleep 7 adults) runs from $2,922 to $4,500). All rates are based on two adults sharing on a Bed & Breakfast basis. The Bed and Breakfast rates include: Full English Breakfast, accommodation, extensive water-sports including: Hobie Cats, Sailboats, Windsurfing, Kayaks, Snorkeling Equipment, 3 main swimming pools and 4 additional pools for Cove Suites guests only, 4 bars, 3 restaurants (Bartleys Restaurant is adults only) , indoor/outdoor dining, tennis, sun loungers, umbrellas, tables at beach or pool, beach towels, live music as well as entertainment (nightly singers/musicians) and the fitness center.

Blue Waters Resort & Spa, Antigua in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Basics

There’s no wrong time to check out Blue Waters, though you can definitely have a bit more privacy if you shy away from big holidays. If sweeping ocean views and perfectly manicured tropical surroundings is your idea of a vacation look no further than this slice of Caribbean paradise.

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By @ 07/29/15 in Cuba, Gay cruise, Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

India among the best gay tours in ManAboutWorld MagazineHere’s a list of the best gay tours in the next six months. Best is of course subjective but we at ManAboutWorld know the business and we know the tour operators so this is what we call a highly informed opinion! In any event, the destinations are cool, the conveyances are cool and you’ll be surrounded by other gay guys. What’s not to love? Check ’em out.

Coda-Tours

Undiscovered Balkans September 16-30
Discover Ottoman splendors, Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox Monasteries, ancient sites and dramatic landscapes from Sofia to Belgrade with the experts of gay tour company Coda. Bordered by the Adriatic, Mediterranean and the rugged Dinaric Mountains, this land, Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited territory, boasts diverse cultures that have left their legacy across the Balkan Peninsula.

Zoom Vacations

Gay India October 16-28
India can be overwhelming especially to first-time visitors. This country of over 1.2 billion inhabitants stuns you with its beauty, diversity, warmth and the chaos and contrasts you’ll find in cities and villages alike. On our first visit we found it helpful to go in a group. Zoom Vacations combines luxury accommodations and seamless organization to provide guests with an orderly and memorable introduction to one of the world’s most fascinating and intoxicating countries, with its kaleidoscope of languages, cultures, and traditions. A trip highlight is a stay in a 5-star hotel with direct views of the Taj Mahal, which visitors have been trekking to since the 17th century and which still holds a mysterious allure.

Brand g Vacations

Panama Canal Adventure December 2-15
Step aboard the 105-stateroom M.S. Saint Laurent charted by Brand g Vacation along with 200 fellow LGBT travelers. You’ll pass through the marvelous Panama Canal, glittering Panama City, and visit islands, beaches and jungles, including the gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park. Departs Cartagena, Colombia and ends in Costa Rica.

Out Adventures

Bali & Komodo Gay Cruise and Tour April 29-May 6, 2016
Spot towering active volcanoes. Visit the Water Palace of Amlapura. Snorkel the most pristine and diverse coral reefs in Kondo. Witness thousands of flying foxes in Satonda and see the famous Komodo dragons in person. Explore some of Indonesia’s most beautiful deserted beaches with our friends, the competent fun folks at Out Adventures.

ManAboutWorld: Check out our unique digital gay travel magazine for way more than these events … for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, hop on a tour.

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By @ 02/05/15 in Cuba, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Luongo, Parting Shots, Travel
Gay Cuba as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

This is during the Marcha de las Entorchas, at the University of Havana, commemorating a revolutionary event. Soldiers, workers, many participants.

1. Why did you choose to go to Cuba?
Why would someone not want to go to Cuba? I went in January of 2003. As someone who writes on LGBT issues in unusual countries, I also felt at the time, it would be a challenging place to visit. I wanted to see it before more changes might have been in store. I went legally as a journalist, via Miami. Here is the Gay City News piece I wrote, in 2003.
http://gaycitynews.nyc/sleeping-enemy/

2. Can Americans go to Cuba now?
There are still restrictions, but it seems more and more people will be allowed to go. Technically pure tourism won’t be allowed, but there will be many opportunities.

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