The Caribbean, a not necessarily gay-friendly beach destination

The Caribbean region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world with its luxurious islands and sandy beaches bordering turquoise waters. What we call the Caribbean includes a myriad of islands and all the countries bordering the Caribbean Sea.

But the picture postcard scenery also hides a completely different reality. Indeed, some Caribbean destinations are still hostile to LGBTQ+ customers so you will not find them listed on our site. If countries such as Cuba are very open to the gay community ( there is even a resort reserved for LGBTQ+ clients on the island), it is quite different for places such as Jamaica or Guyana, where homosexuality is prohibited. Please relax, we will guide you in planning your trip to the Caribbean and we promise to make it unforgettable.

General information about the Caribbean

The Caribbean area consists of 24 countries, all located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, around the Caribbean Sea. These include: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. These states are either independent or defined as overseas territories of other countries such as Puerto Rico for the United States or Martinique for France.

The situation can be described as very uneven and disparate depending on the destination. You will have no problem in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands or even Haiti. In overseas territories attached to countries where LGBTQ+ rights are advanced, such as Martinique, Guadeloupe (France), Puerto Rico (USA), Cayman Islands (UK), etc, the gay clientele is welcome, although one should always be careful with public displays of affection as the public’s tolerance can be variable.

In all the cases, we do not recommend the 9 following countries, as homosexuality is still illegal (2021): Jamaica – Guyana – Antigua and Barbados – Dominica – Barbados – Saint Lucia – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Grenada – Saint Kitts and Nevis. Belize and Trinidad and Tobago have now decriminalised homosexuality, but we must remain vigilant.

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