The Caribbean ABC’s – Go Girlfriend

Author: , September 3rd, 2018

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Three popular “A, B, C islands” make up the southern string of islands just off the north coast of Venezuela. As part of the Dutch Antilles, these Caribbean island gems are extensions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Drier than it’s northern Antilles rain-forested cousins, the A, B, C islands beauty is in it’s beaches, it’s mangroves and it’s consistent warm dry conditions. Being only about 12’ north of the equator, the sun can be very intense – but the offsetting trade winds keep a consistent breeze blowing to have movement of air (sometimes quite gusty in May and June) that helps the scorching heat. A secondary side benefit of the east-west trade winds is that it is kept out of the hurricane pathway that most often veers northward once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico – thus keeping the islands out of harms way.

As equal opportunity lovers of the humid rain forested Caribbean islands, GoGirlfriend also has a love on for the drier, warmer, windy A, B, C islands. There’s lots to do with rich snorkeling, diving, land-sailing and beachy adventures just not found in the other Caribbean islands.

Aruba “One Happy Island”

With more sunny days than any other island, and beaches fronting all sides, Aruba is big enough to offer some diverse activities, yet small enough to rent a scooter and explore it all. Most activities are centered on the leeward west coast with resorts and hotels abundant north and west of the capital Oranjestad, and the natural beauty of the Natural Bridge and Arikok National Park face the eastern windward side.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Colorful Gay Curacao – Chicago Pride

Author: , August 28th, 2017

Gay Curacao

One of the first things that catches your eye on the beautiful, colorful Caribbean island of Curacao is, the colors. Specifically, the colorfully-painted homes and businesses.

But there was a time when almost every building in gay Curacao was white, nothing else.

Then, legend has it, a former governor of the island suffered from severe headaches – and he believed the sun’s reflection off the white buildings made his headaches worse. So he mandated that building exteriors be painted any color but white.

That array of colors is one of the calling-cards of Curacao, a Dutch island that is about 40 miles from Venezuela, encompassing about 171 square-miles with a population of about 160,000.

Later it was learned, according to lore, that the governor was a shareholder in the island’s only paint store.

Nonetheless, Curacao is one eye-appealing island.

It’s like the pride flag came to life on homes and businesses.

By Ross Forman – Full Story at GoPride

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Floris Suite Hotel & Spa – Willemstad, Curacao

Author: , February 3rd, 2017

Floris Suite Hotel & Spa

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Floris Suite Hotel & Spa is located in Piscadera Bay, 5 minutes’ drive from downtown Willemstad, the capital of Curacao. The hotel offers the comfort of a first-class hotel with relaxing tranquility. This all suite boutique hotel features 73 units with a rich residential feel and two private beaches.

The hotel is only for guests 18 years and older. It is situated in a private enclave and is known for its tranquility, comfort and style. The hotel is an active member of the International gay and lesbian travel association and therefore very welcoming to all gay guests and their friends.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Curacao

The Island of Curaçao Embraces the Gay and Lesbian Community

Author: , November 1st, 2015

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With exceptional gay friendly hotels and attractions, the Curacao Tourist Board encourages gay and lesbian travelers to visit the island and experience its ‘Live and let live’ atmosphere for themselves.

“It is important to us that it’s known to the gay & lesbian community that everyone is welcome in Curacao. Our island offers diverse culture, art galleries, beaches, museums, fine accommodations and exquisite cuisine that are enjoyed by all visitors to the island.” commented the Executive Director of the Curacao Tourist Board

As a demonstration of their commitment Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino, Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, Avila Hotel, Hilton Curacao, Floris Suite Hotel, Sunset Waters Beach Resort, Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Papagayo Beach Resort, Habitat Dive Resort / Easy Divers, Waterside Apartments, Caribbean Sea Sports, Flamingo Villa and Coral Estate Villa’s, along with Yellow Tour Info Center, Explore Curacao and International Accommodations & Concierge Services became proud members of the IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association).

Full Story at the Curacao Chronicles | Netherlands Antilles Gay Travel Resources

Gay Curacao – This Island Should Be on Your Radar

Author: , July 10th, 2014

CuracaoEvery year, countless travelers wound tighter than a clock are lured to the Caribbean with the promise of a getaway filled with nothingness. (We mean nothingness in all of its glory, which usually involves top-notch beaches, snorkeling, diving, great food and plenty of other nothings that of course amount to something pretty great.) It’s no surprise the Caribbean is so popular — the laid-back people, beautiful beaches and live and let live attitudes are positively infectious. We’re not sure about you, but we could get used to always smiling at strangers and never wearing anything more formal than Bermuda shorts.

Still, the Caribbean has not always had a reputation as an all-inclusive destination. Deeply-held cultural traditions and religious practices have meant that some islands are less accepting of same-sex couples than others. Enter Curacao, a teeny (and beautiful) island on the southern tip of the Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela.

With an authenticity that can be hard to come by in the Caribbean, Curacao has the highest membership rate of businesses in the IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) and a tight-knit community of friendly, accepting locals. Here, we’re counting down 5 reasons to put this LGBT-friendly Dutch island on your travel radar.

By Amy Hubbard – Full Story at the Huffington Post | Netherlands Antilles Gay Travel Resources

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Curacao Celebrates First Gay Pride

Author: , October 29th, 2013

Curacao Pride 2013Hundreds of Curacao visitors and residents celebrated the island’s very first Pride Week, September 25-29th, 2013. The Caribbean island of Curacao has always been welcoming to the LGBT community with great accommodations, events and attitude, but Gay Pride Week took the island’s commitment to the LGBT community to another level.

Hundreds of people showed up at The White Affair event at the Floris Suite Hotel, host property of Curacao’s first Pride Week, transforming the hotel into “Pride City” for the week. In addition, hotels and restaurants contributed with gourmet food and drinks in support of Pride Week.

They included the Hilton Curacao, Curacao Marriott Beach Resort, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Kyoto Restaurant, Tempo Doeloe Restaurant, Pirate Bay, Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel and others. There were also events at the Rainbow Lounge, neighborhood bar, Williwood, and after parties at The Gallery Lounge in Punda, with almost 700 people in attendance across all events.

See the Full Story at The Best Gay Travel Guide

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Curacao’s First Gay Pride in September

Author: , July 20th, 2013

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Curacao will celebrate its first full-fledged Pride this year with the launch of Curacao Pride 2013 September 25-29.

Organizer is Curacao Gay Pro, an association of professional organizations and individuals working with or for the Curacao and International sexually diverse (LGBT) communities. Curacao Gay Pro (CGPro) is a joint enterprise of Floris Suite Hotel, The Curacao Pink House/Pride Foundation (FOKO), The Gallery Lounge gay club, Pepper Katana (partypepper.net) and Williwood country pub and terrace. CGPro takes over the reins of the Curacao Gay Plasa Organization, which since 2005 has been organizing a precursor event called Curacao’s Get Wet Festival, containing many pride elements.

See the Full Story at the Curacao Chronicle

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Lesbian Travel: Our Visit to Curacao

Author: , April 5th, 2013

Audra & Lacey - GayTravel.comAudra and Lacey here! Today is the day we set off for our honeymoon at Curacao Island in the Caribbean, provided by www.gaytravel.com!!! A little back story: I’m an Ohio gal, Lacey is an Indiana gal, we met at Chicago Pride a couple years back, fell in LOVE and got married in Central Park in New York City on January 20th 2013! Traveling is our passion, so what a better way to celebrate our nuptials than sipping Mai Tai’s on the beautiful beaches at the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino!

The Curacao Marriott resort is the definition of luxury! On resort grounds you will find numerous restaurants, pool with swim up bar, on-site casino, a state of the art fitness facility with health spa, and a private beachfront with a natural coral reef–perfect for an underwater snorkeling adventure!

With all of these amazing amenities waiting for us and the knowledge that Columbus, Ohio (home), would soon be getting hit with a snow storm, nobody had to twist our arms to get out of town! We left Columbus Friday evening and had an overnight stay in Miami, FL to catch our connecting flight to Curacao the next afternoon.

Authored By Audra & Lacey – See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

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