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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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.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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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.

See the Prana Rainforest Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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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Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel – Gay Friendly Playa Tamarindo Hotel

Author: , September 2nd, 2016

Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel Tamarindo Costa Rica

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

Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel (Adults Only 18+) began construction four years ago and opened its doors three years ago in the center of Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica.

This very private and discreet boutique hotel was designed as a spacious modern oasis surrounded by tall green walls, secured key pad entry points and security cameras and personnel to provide comfort, beauty and security. The modern contemporary architecture combined with old world hospitality create an ambiance of serenity and comfort.

The owners have travelled and lived in many magical destinations and decided to create a modern contemporary destination that would be built using the very finest environmentally friendly building materials and implement green sustainability practices in the daily operations of hotel.

The property features the only UV non-chlorinated pool in the area, spacious second level restaurant and exercise area, complimentary vegetarian breakfast options, complimentary concierge service, pool floats, surf boards, beach cruiser bikes, mountain bikes, snorkel gear, coolers & beach chairs. This boutique property is an excellent choice for adult couples, friends or groups seeking the comfort and personalization found at a B&B and the space and amenities of a contemporary modern boutique hotel.

Our guest will usually describe their experience with us as a charming, zen vacation in a private oasis in the center of our very active beach town.

See the Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Unspoiled Playa Tamarindo

Author: , September 2nd, 2016

Playa Tamarindo - Bay

Originally a quiet surf beach and fishing village, Tamarindo has evolved to be the areas most developed and popular tourist destination.

Playa Tamarindo or Tamarind Beach is home to many nationalities from around the world living in harmony while continuing to shape the town into a perfect blend of boutique businesses and services designed to provide something for everyone who visits. Our unspoiled beaches are second to none in Central America featuring long wide stretches of sand, coconut trees, tamarind trees, calm and inviting shallow tide pools and world class surf.

Playa Tamarindo - SunsetEnjoy evening dinners beach side with your feet in the sand while a world class Chef prepares your meals. After dinner enjoy music and drinks at any of our many small lounges or bars located along the beach and center of town.

Despite the town’s recent and ongoing development, it retains the laid back vibe that is so characteristic of the region.

Playa Tamarindo is an excellent destination for individuals, groups and couples seeking to experience the very best Costa Rica has to offer on the Pacific Coast.

Providing the driest & sunniest climate in all the country, the warmest months are from December thru April (high season) & things cool down with occasional afternoon or morning showers the rest of the year (green season).

Make your next getaway and unforgettable one to Paradise in Central America.

Playa Tamarindo - Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel Tamarindo Costa RicaWhen visiting Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica make sure you reserve a premium room or suite at the 18+ Adults Only Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel. This brand new, contemporary, eco-friendly designed 10 room hotel combines modern materials & finishes with tropical organic design & architecture. The property offers a private, romantic, discreet and secure setting, just minutes away from the beach, dining, shopping and all local attractions. Offering private concierge service & front desk assistance, daily housekeeping service and complimentary Chef prepared international vegetarian breakfast.

During their stay all guest can enjoy the complimentary use of personal beach chairs, coolers, choice of banana style beach cruisers or mountain style bicycles, assorted size and shape surfboards & boogie boards, snorkel gear and personal shopping baskets to use in the local organic food market held on Saturday mornings by the beach.

By Joseph C. Garcia – Visit the Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel Website

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Caribe Fun Tours, Gay Costa Rica Travel Agency

Author: , January 17th, 2016

Caribe Fun Tours

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

Ernesto and his team of Caribe Fun Tours have been planning and booking Costa Rica Vacations for LGBT Traveling Community for 6 years. Caribe Fun Tours is a full service in-country travel assistance provider based in lobby of Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, on Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. It also has a satellite provider in the capital San Jose with plans to open in other exciting destinations in key locations in Costa Rica! We specialize in assisting with hotels, transportation, tours or full multi-destination trip planning – Our mission is to give you the absolute best vacation in Costa Rica for your money!

See the Caribe Fun Tours Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hotel Banana Azul, Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

Author: , August 27th, 2015

Hotel Banana Azul

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

If you’re looking to experience more culture and nature on your Costa Rican vacation then beachfront Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo might be just what you’re looking for. Your host Colin Brownlee (from Vancouver, Canada) welcomes you to a hotel built out of local hardwoods that has 14 beautiful guest rooms, all with private bath and free wireless internet to accommodate adventurous travelers looking for a comfortable, tranquil place to stay while visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

See the Hotel Banana Azul Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Featured Gay Travel Agent: Colours Destinations International, San Jose, Costa Rica

Author: , February 22nd, 2015

Colours Destinations International - San Jose, Costa RicaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Costa Rica Travel Agency – Attentive travel service to community since 1983 including gay & friendly hotels, day & overnight tours, transportation options, activities and customized packages for throughout the entire country! We make your personal holiday memorable with both great quality and value.

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Win a Stay in Costa Rica

Author: , December 23rd, 2014

Los Altos de Eros

Enter to win a 4-night Romantic Getaway package for two to Los Altos de Eros, a luxury 5-star, adult’s only, LGBT friendly resort in the Guancaste region of Costa Rica!

That’s right, and you have to do is enter!

Enter at http://www.GAYTRAVELCONTEST.com by 12/24