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).

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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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Twelve Surprising Gay Friendly Destinations

Author: , April 5th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenThe gay travel industry is booming, in large part because of the increased worldwide acceptance of the LGBT community. From LGBT travel associations like Alt and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), to LGBT cruise lines like Atlantis, Olivia and R Family Vacations, the gay and lesbian communities are becoming highly prized markets for the travel industry.

According to Merryn Johns, travel writer and Curve Magazine’s editor-in-chief, “[G]ay men and lesbians take at least four leisure trips per year, which is higher than their heterosexual counterparts, and fewer than 10% of LGBTs take organized trips of any kind. This makes gays and lesbians more frequent and more adventurous travelers than straight people.”

But LGBT travelers also seek different comforts. “Romance, seclusion and nature are important to lesbians when they travel, whereas gay men often seek out a scene or bars and clubs. While safety is important to lesbians when they travel, they … seek romance, outdoor adventure, culture and value for money,” she said in an interview with PolicyMic. “Not to mention some great beaches, which means they may seek out more exotic and far-flung destinations than other travelers.”

Authored By -Marcie Bianco See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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Visiting Saba Island, The Unspoiled Queen

Author: , January 14th, 2014

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Heading to Saba, I know I’m in for something different. As our plane boards, the pilot asks people to sit up front “so we can distribute the weight evenly.” There are maybe 15 on the flight–in other words, it’s full. We fly for 12 minutes when suddenly our plane heads straight for a jagged mountain, and I’m sure this is the end. Miraculously, it skirts the mountain, and we touch down on a runway the length of your average living room (they claim it’s the smallest commercial runway in the world).

I breathe a deep sigh of relief. I get my luggage: it takes two seconds. I go through immigration: another two seconds. And I’m on my way to explore this amazing Caribbean island where gay marriage is legal (you heard me right) and prejudice and crime are practically non-existent (seriously). Even more interesting, there are basically no beaches, with the only sandy crescent on the island coming and going with the ocean and the tides.

So there really isn’t much to do on Saba but relax. For me, that’s the most important lesson: how to slow down and let go by sitting and watching the sun move across the cliffsides of this volcanic island. You won’t find hopping nightlife, and while there are several good restaurants, there certainly isn’t the choice of other Caribbean islands. Here, live music generally means the raucous symphony of tree frogs that accompanies my every step–“the Saba soundtrack,” as one local calls it.

Authored By Rich Rubin – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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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.

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Curacao Welcomes Gay Travelers

Author: , August 31st, 2013

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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.

Joining the millions who support LGBT marriage and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the “Defense of Marriage Act,” the southern Caribbean island of Curacao has always embraced the LGBT community with a “‘Live and Let Live” philosophy and attitude.

Today, Curacao’s progressive environment, UNESCO World Heritage city of Willemstad, world-class diving sites, beautiful beaches and luxury hotels and restaurants make the island the ideal destination for Caribbean commitment ceremonies and honeymoons for all the LGBT couples who have, or plan to, tie the knot.

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Curacao’s First Gay Pride Week Begins September 25th

Author: , August 7th, 2013

Curacao Pride 2013Willemstad, this island’s capital, joins dozens of other cities around the world supporting the LGBT community with its own seminars, ceremonies and parties. Over five days, Curacao Pride 2013 takes place from September 25-29.

A masked street dance in downtown Willemstad, a White Party Curacao-style, a movie marathon, an awards ceremony and the first Caribbean Conference on Women and Sexual Diversity are just a few of the big and small ways the island of Curacao will honor LGBT icons and allies in the its first-ever Gay Pride Week celebration.

Gay Pride Week is being organized by Curacao Gay Pro, an association comprised of professional organizations and individuals working with Curacao’s LGBT communities. The island hopes that this event, combined with its “live and let live” attitude will position Curacao as the most welcoming island in the Caribbean.

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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.

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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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