Eco-Friendly Costa Rica is Gay Friendly Too

Author: , February 9th, 2019

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If there’s one thing Costa Ricans value above all else, it’s community. Pura vida is more than a friendly motto written on hats or T-shirts for tourists to buy at souvenir shops. Directly translated as “pure life,” it is closer to American ideas of the “simple life.” And in Costa Rica, the concept is part of their heritage and runs deep in the soil. The phrase is a reminder to not sweat the small stuff and instead focus on things that matter: friends, family, and most importantly, love.

In a country that’s home to five million people and nearly a thousand species of birds—including two of my favorites, the keelbilled toucan and the scarlet macaw — pura vida permeates through every experience you have. Whether you’re staying at a fancy resort or hiking on a crowded trail, you’ll find pura vida is a shared human language that transcends differences and unites those who embrace it.

For many LGBTQ people living in Costa Rica, social norms have noticeably shifted in recent years, thanks to wider visibility in smaller communities. While the country is widely known for its environmental efforts (embracing eco-tourism early) and lack of an army (the nation instead chooses to invest its money in agriculture) and Catholic traditions, citizens are still hungry for social progress.

By David Artavia – Full Story at the Advocate

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Villa Decary – Costa Rica Gay Inn

Author: , January 20th, 2019

Villa DeCary

Hotel Villa Decary Bed & Breakfast overlooks the beautiful, pristine Lake Arenal and Costa Rica’s Tilaran mountains. Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal region is a remote, uncrowded area of Costa Rica – at 1,800 feet in elevation, the area boasts a unique temperate climate, with cool nights and warm days.

The property is surrounded by a middle-elevation tropical rainforest, including lush plant life, a rainbow of butterflies, over two hundred and fifty bird species. You’ll also find troupes of shy howler monkies.

Hotel Villa Decary is American owned and operated, and is a relaxing and affordable escape on a lush Costa Rica hillside, surrounded by a botanical garden of exotic tropical plants and palm trees. We’re close to the small Tico town of Nuevo Arenal, and just fourteen miles from the active Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.

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Gay Costa Rica – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , August 29th, 2018

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Since Costa Rica is well known and perhaps more touristy than other parts of Central America we expected ‘Gay Costa Rica’ would not be too hard to find.

As ever, we wanted to find out what it is really like and not just through a tourists lens. We contacted 23 year old Gabriel who is studying architecture to find out more.

What is the stereotypical view (people’s attitudes) on the LGBTQIA community in Costa Rica?

The stereotypical view of the LGBTQ community depends on so many things. In the last few month’s we’ve seen so many opinions, all because of the presidential elections. There are only 2 options, just like Trump and Clinton. One of them is very open to diversity, and the other is too conservative, traditional and religious.

This has caused a ”social war”, there are people who think that gay marriage is ok, they don’t care or maybe they’re fighting for it. And there are so many people who think that gay marriage is an abomination, it’s something unnatural, or something that is gonna cause the end of the world.

There are so many factors that affect that stereotypical view. But let me tell you about the most significant;

Age: most of the young people are ok with gay marriage

Location: People from coastal zones or mountains are traditional and conservative so, some of them support LGBTQ community rights, and some them think LGBTQ is against God’s law.

By Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Queer Costa Rica – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , July 28th, 2018

Queer Costa Rica - The Globetrotter Guys

Costa Rica is a country that had been on our bucket list for a long time. With what we knew about the place, and feedback from friends that had visited, we had some very high hopes! However, we didn’t need to be worried. Costa Rica exceeded our expectations in every possible way!

Costa Rica boasts the highest density of biodiversity worldwide. Despite being such a small country, almost 5 percent of all animal and plant species are found here. It also offers some of the best adventure activities, such as hiking, ziplining, or white-water rafting. Or if you simply want to relax, it has both Pacific and Caribbean beaches.

For us, finding the right balance between time and experiences is crucial. Costa Rica has so much to offer, meaning that trying to fit everything in involves a lot of logistics.

We had limited time and a long list of things we wanted to do. For this trip, we decided it would be nice to let someone else take over the reins and do all the planning for us. We contacted Destination Costa Rica and after learning they were wanting to expand their offerings to the LGBT community, we thought they would be the perfect fit.

They offered us a completely tailor-made package from start to finish based on our personal requirements. We had already made arrangements to stay at certain gay-friendly properties in Manuel Antonio and San Jose. Destination Costa Rica factored this in – not booking accommodation for these nights but still assisting with our transport needs and arranging our excursions.

Booking with Destination Costa Rica meant not having to think or spend time planning what we were to do in Costa Rica. They organised everything from our accommodation, to transportation and all our activities and experiences.

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Vista Oceana – Gay Owned Villa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Author: , June 16th, 2018

Vista Oceana - Gay Owned Villa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

CASA VISTA OCEANA: Luxury Ocean View Closest to Manuel Antonio National Park

Vista Oceana is unique among the Luxury Vacation Rental Homes in Manuel Antonio. The design and name of this incredible multimillion dollar house were inspired by the unmatched 180-degree panoramic ocean views it commands. The villa was designed and built by the original owner to give every room in the main house as well as the two story guest house unobstructed ocean views, including bathrooms.

The villa is located 1000 ft from the ocean and sits atop a small bluff elevated 200 ft. above the beach allowing you to hear the waves breaking as you watch the surfers below. The panoramic view stretches from the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park across the long public beach and up to the rocky shoreline of the Mariposa Peninsula to the north. You will find abundant space and privacy for your entire group to enjoy in this 6000 square foot climate controlled house, which includes 7 elegant master suites which sleeps 18 people.

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Casitas LazDivaz – Costa Rica Lesbian Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 23rd, 2018

Casitas LazDivaz - Costa Rica Lesbian Bed & Breakfast

Playa Samara is a four-kilometer stretch of gorgeous beach on the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, a National Geographic-designated Blue Zone, one of five areas in the world where people live longer, healthier, and happier lives than anywhere else on this planet.

Welcome to Casitas LazDivaz B&C, and experience the Rainbow Zone!

Enter our adults-only oasis through our whimsical driftwood gate, under the billowing rainbow flag, and find yourself in a serene tropical garden, where we celebrate diversity, welcoming guests from all walks of life.

Shaded by a full canopy of mature, indigenous trees teeming with wildlife, Casitas LazDivaz is a secluded compound of three cozy, private stand-alone cabins, outside of busy Samara Center, yet still within a five-minute beach stroll to the restaurants, shops, and entertainment in the lively Costa Rican village. Upon arrival, we will give you our annotated map to lead you to the activities and restaurants that we recommend

LazDivaz was conceived, designed, and lovingly built at the turn of the century by a couple of lesbian dreamers–an architect from Munich and a graphic designer from Boston. The European-standard construction is complemented by distinct, hand-crafted furniture and fixtures throughout.

Your comfort is our priority: the queen-size bed has an orthopedic mattress and high-count cotton sheets; ceiling fans supplement the ventilation in the breezy, open-air design; and the strong shower rains unlimited hot water.

Two casitas, Marlene Dietrich and Farinelli, each have a small refrigerator. WiFi is available throughout the premises.

Casita Tina Turner has a kitchen, with fridge, stove, microwave, toaster oven, blender, and all necessary utensils. Tina is larger than the other two, and is the most private, with an elevated porch that overlooks the garden.

Each morning we serve rich, steamy, high-altitude Costa Rican coffee, and offer fresh squeezed orange juice to get your day off to a healthful start.

On the beach just beyond the gate, under the shade of coconut palms, we hang colorful hammocks, an enticement to while away the hours reading, floating in a reverie, sharing a double hammock with your love, or just chilling to the music of the waves as they lull away your cares. Some call that state of static bliss “nirvana.” We call it “Samara Syndrome.”

Protected from strong currents by a barrier reef, Playa Samara is one of the safest swimming beaches in Costa Rica. The gentle waves are perfect for beginning surfers, the wide strand excellent for running, and the hills above prime hiking spots. The protected wildlife refuge on Isla Chora, just a few hundred meters from shore, is accessible by ocean kayak.

At twilight, we gather on our rustic driftwood bench, sipping libations and communing with the dazzling spectacle of light and color that unfolds as sunset fades into night, after which we sometimes light a fire pit to extend both our time on the beach, and the sense of community that often evolves among our guests.

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Prana Rainforest Retreat – Gay Manuel Antonio Retreat

Author: , December 1st, 2017

Prana Rainforest Retreat

Welcome to Costa Rica’s Prana Rainforest Retreat, a luxurious bali-style villa in Manuel Antonio, made just for you and your partner. Come stay with us and experience expert massage therapy, yoga and exotic gourmet meals.

You can spend your whole day here, if you want, lounging together on your romantic day bed, suspended over a private tropical pool. Practice yoga on the deck by our peaceful waterfall, surrounded by a tropical forest filled with monkeys and toucans.

Our Costa Rica retreat sits on the border of Manuel Antonio National Park, just minutes away from world-famous white sand beaches.

Your hosts Mark and Jon, built the Prana Rainforest Retreat as an extension of their business, Prana Spa, in Key West. We offer our retreat as a bed and breakfast – a full breakfast is served each morning, including items such as:

  • Omelets filled with fresh homemade goat cheese and herbs from our greenhouse, made with eggs from our own chickens
  • Fresh homemade granola and yogurt served with organic fruit from our own trees
  • Almond pancakes topped with maple syrup infused with homegrown ginger and cardamom
  • Fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, and organic Costa Rican coffee.

The retreat’s Guest Villa offers 1,400 square feet of living space, and includes a king-sized bed, large living room, and a step-through “rain shower” room opening up onto the pool deck. You can look up from your shower and see a flock of toucans in the trees above!

Our Manuel Antonio villa is furnished with museum-quality furnishings collected from India, Indonesia and Thailand, and the open air design allows cool jungle breezes to pass through, or if you prefer, you can fully air condition the rooms.

Prana Rainforest Retreat was made for relaxation – lay in a hammock on your private covered deck by the waterfall, read a book on the cushioned Bali Bed suspended over your private pool, have a glass of wine in your living room, or take a nap on your comfortable antique king-sized bed.

Each of these spaces has a wonderful view into the surrounding rainforest, and there are also have trails traversing the property which you can explore while you are here.

The Prana Rainforest Retreat is a wonderful, private getaway which you’ll have all to yourself. It’s also a great base for exploring the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – head off after breakfast each day to experience the beautiful beaches and adventure excursions that make Manuel Antonio a world-class resort destination.

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Hotel Banana Azul – Costa Rica Gay Hotel

Author: , November 3rd, 2017

Hotel Banana Azul - Costa Rica Gay Hotel

Are you ready for an authentic Caribbean vacation in Costa Rica? Lush jungle, bountiful wildlife, colorful local flavor and private unspoiled beaches are just a few things that make Puerto Viejo so magical. Beachfront on the black sands of Playa Negra you will find Hotel Banana Azul, a tucked away haven perfect for couples and friends alike.

The main hotel consists of 14 guest rooms, rustic in style with a touch of tropical elegance, and built from local hardwoods. Just across the street are the new and modern Villas Banana Verde, four two-story luxury accommodations with fully equipped kitchen and private plunge pool.

Hotel Banana Azul - Costa Rica Gay Hotel

Next door is Casa Las Brisas, our sister property, which consists of four rooms boasting ocean views and rustic hardwood design. Throughout the properties there are a variety of outdoor living spaces, open air kitchens, tropical outdoor baths and meticulously manicured gardens. All areas (including the beach club) are equipped with high-speed fiber optic wireless internet and are in close proximity to the pool, beach and restaurant.

The hotel grounds are equally impressive, surrounded by tropical gardens, ocean views, and a beautiful pool to take a cool dip after a sunny day. Some guests choose to cook and dine private outdoor spaces while others prefer sitting in the shade under a rancho sipping pina coladas on the beach, by the pool or in the restaurant, Azul Beach Club.

It’s a perfect vacation spot for couples looking for a romantic getaway, or for adventurous travelers looking for a comfortable, tranquil place to stay while visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

By AUTHOR – Full Story at Hotel Banana Azul

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Tree Houses Hotel – Gay Friendly Costa Rica Hotel

Author: , July 21st, 2017

Tree Houses Hotel

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

Tree Houses is located in the heart of the jungle south of Arenal volcano, just off the main highway to La Fortuna.

Each tree house is very private, comfortable with nice beds, A/C, warm showers, and a full breakfast each morning.

The property is surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge and the area offers many outdoor adventures.

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Villa Decary – Nuevo Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Author: , June 5th, 2017

Villa Decary

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

Hotel Villa Decary Bed & Breakfast overlooks the beautiful, pristine Lake Arenal and Costa Rica’s Tilaran mountains. Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal region is a remote, uncrowded area of Costa Rica – at 1,800 feet in elevation, the area boasts a unique temperate climate, with cool nights and warm days.

The property is surrounded by a middle-elevation tropical rainforest, including lush plant life, a rainbow of butterflies, over two hundred and fifty bird species. You’ll also find troupes of shy howler monkies.

Hotel Villa Decary is American owned and operated, and is a relaxing and affordable escape on a lush Costa Rica hillside, surrounded by a botanical garden of exotic tropical plants and palm trees. We’re close to the small Tico town of Nuevo Arenal, and just fourteen miles from the active Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.

Each of our oversized rooms has a private entry ensuite tiled bathroom with shower, built to American standards. Our guest rooms are colorfully decorated with stunning fabrics from Guatemala and local art made by the Chorotega Indians, which complements the workmanship of local Costa Rican artisans who have made our fine wooden doors and furnitures.

We also offer 3 separate casitas, each with a kitchen, perfect for families, bird-watchers, larger groups and honeymooning couples. Each room also has a private balcony and wonderful views overlooking Lake Arenal, the rainforest and the mountains.

The Hotel Villa Decary is a Costa Rican bed and breakfast hotel, and we offer fantastic, relaxed breakfasts which our prior guests often rave about.

The property has some quiet walking trails where you can view our large collection of tropical plants and get assimilated to the rainforest environment. There’s also lts of local wildlife, including nesting turkeys, Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, the elusive White-collared Manakin or the distinctive Yellow-throated Euphonia. We have binoculars and Costa Rican birding books available for guest use.

If you’re coming to Costa Rica in the near future, consider Lake Arenal – a perfectly peaceful, relaxing escape between the bustling tourist towns of La Fortuna at the Arenal Volcano, and Santa Elena, site of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

We’d love to meet you and show you what Costa Rica is all about at our rainforest retreat on Lake Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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