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gay-friendly all-inclusive resort for travel w/ straight fri

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1. Posted by GreenGuyJ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I'm looking for an all-inclusive resort for my partner and me to travel to with two of my straight friend couples. We're open to destinations in the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico. We're not wealthy, so would prefer something nice but not super-expensive. Any recommendations?

2. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

i would buy the spariacus guide and take it from threre. Narrow down the sort of destination your looking for, then instead of booking a package holiday- book the hotels and flights seperates, get a taxi transfer to the hotel at the airport or use a private transfer company www.resorthoppa.com if they are available.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I believe hobo1985 meant the Spartacus Guide.

I can not help with specific resorts but can tell you that the Caribbean islands are not as accepting of gay clientele as they may appear. Yes, there are gay-friendly and gay-specific resorts on most of the islands, but the local population does not have the same views as the resort owners. As an example - homosexuality is illegal on most of the Caribbean islands. Attitudes and acceptance has been improving over the years, but your partner and you will find you have to be more conscious of outward displays of affection. With that said, I have known couples who have not encountered any problems in the Caribbean while other couples have experienced extremely rude behavior and blatant discrimination against them, while outside the resort confines, because they were gay. I love the Caribbean, but I wouldn't choose it as my first destination if I were a gay couple even traveling with straight friends. I believe you will find the US/Mexico will have resorts with activities/prices to your liking and a more accepting attitude.

I'm also just working off of my own experiences while vacationing in the Caribbean with gay friends. That is, the above is just my own personal opinion.

4. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

ha ha yeah thats the one! Typo!

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

Aruba has all inclusiv resorts,never heard something negativ because of gay people.

If you like diving,snorkling,surfing then Bonaire(where I live) would be a good destination.I know gay people who come since many years and never had problems.If you likeI could send you the address from a guy who is renting out appartments.
Marlis

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I would have some really good recommendations but they might be a bit on the pricey side - can you let us know roughly what your budget is?

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Honestly, why do gay people need a special guide for holiday destinations? Don't they go on holidays for the same reason as everyone else (and no, I'm not suggesting that they don't)?

I can understand a holiday guide that caters for certain groups; eg. people with young kids, seniors, the disabled, etc. But not a holiday guide that caters for people's sexuality, political persuasion, hair colour, etc, etc.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting the boot into gay people, I just think it's ridiculous. As I said, we're all on holidays for the same reason. What specific requirements does a gay person have that a straight person doesn't have? Am I missing something here?

8. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Quoting james

Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting the boot into gay people, I just think it's ridiculous. As I said, we're all on holidays for the same reason. What specific requirements does a gay person have that a straight person doesn't have? Am I missing something here?

I hate to say it James, but there are countries in the world where certain people are not as accepting of gay couples as you are.......Jamaica, for example....gays have to be careful not to kiss in public, hold hands, etc., for fear of being beaten up, or worse. You and your wife can kiss and hold hands and no one bats an eyelash, but gays cannot.

Another option is Florida.....lots of gay-friendly resorts, and Key West is a biggie, but it is a tad expensive in season. Central Florida has a number of resorts as well. I believe Expedia or Orbitz has a section on gay travel....might be worth a look.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I'd guess that most gay couples, as beerman said, are just looking for somewhere that they can simply be themselves. When Neal and I went to New Orleans, we stayed at a gay-friendly B&B whose owner was very active in the community. You could feel the openness and acceptance in the neighbourhood, where everyone could just relax and be themselves. Since discrimination and intolerance are still very much part of modern society, I'd want to holiday in a place where I felt accepted and comfortable, too.

Hopefully there won't be a need for gay-friendly places in the future.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2008, at 6:09 AM by tway ]

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Good points - fair enough.