Featured Lesbian Owned Accommodations: Casitas LazDivaz, Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Author: , December 21st, 2014

Casitas LazDivaz - Costa Rica

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

Beachfront Casitas Under the Rainbow Flag: An adults-only beachfront B&C (bed and coffee) on the safest swimming beach in Costa Rica. Three private cottages surrounded by lush gardens in an intimate shady compound. All casitas have fridge; one, “Tina Turner,” has full kitchen. Serving a bottomless pot of steaming, rich Costa Rican coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Double hammocks; sunset gatherings; rainbow vibe.

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Costa Rica Gay Surf Week in November

Author: , June 5th, 2014

Gay Surfer

We’re not going to ask what you like to ride, but if it includes waves, consider Gay Surf Week 2014 (November 8-15), which promises to offer a week of sun, fun and waves for gay and lesbian surfers and beach lovers in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Known for its endless beach, multiple breaks and bustling nightlife, Tamarindo is the leading tropical beach and surf destination in the country.

“We see an increasing number of LGBTQ visitors in Costa Rica and Tamarindo in particular to ride the waves, relax and enjoy its natural beauty. Following last years’ successful soft launch, we are now back with Gay Surf Week 2014.” says Aleksandar Bulatovic one of the co-founders, who has been running a successful tourism and surf business in Costa Rica together with his partner.

“Gay Surf Week is not just for the gay and lesbian surfers out there, but also for those who want to ride their first wave or the beach bums who just want to enjoy the beach, sun and beauty of Costa Rica. This unique event has loads to offer to all of them.”

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Safe Travel for Women in Costa Rica

Author: , February 15th, 2014

Woman TravelerIn my travels, I have come across single women around the world who say, “I’d like to travel, but I don’t have anyone to go with.” Having traveled alone, I asked what was stopping them. What I found was a mixture of fears and concerns:

Blending In

Amanda Heckart from California shared, “My biggest fear is looking like a tourist because it seems to lend itself to safety issues. Will I get mugged because I look like I don’t belong? If I get lost, will I be able to find someone approachable for help? Do I have adequate resources or access to resources if I need them?”

In my experience, blending in is helpful, but not required. Looking like a backpacker, for example, does not make you a target, as long as you travel modestly, without jewelry and name brand everything. Backpackers in general travel with little money or valuable belongings, therefore, pose no threat in this role. Don’t wear diamonds, or other expensive jewelry or watches. Also, be careful about flashing iPhones, iPads, or other expensive electronics. In certain countries, those devices, if stolen, could feed a family for a year. Don’t tempt them.

Authored By Shannon Enete – See the Full Story at the Costa Rica Star

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Man Selfies Entire Trip to Costa Rica

Author: , November 14th, 2013

6a00d8341c730253ef019b01096a1b970d-800wiGerman photographer Tim Assmann took a trip from NYC to Costa Rica and captured it in a stop-motion video composed of 1,000 selfies…

“I always loved old fashioned flip books and the way they describe a movement with only a limited amount of pictures. And actually I always kind of disliked the habit of most of the people in online communities and social networks to take selfies in the weirdest positions and facial expressions, and placing them as profile (pictures). So I thought it would be fun to cartoon those selfie photographs in some kind of odd manner.”

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa de Manana, Playa Junquillal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Author: , October 6th, 2013

Casa de Manana, Playa Junquillal, Costa RicaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

A Piece of Heaven on Earth!: Casa de Manana is a beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bath home (perfect for 2 couples, small families, or very close friends!) that is a two minute drive or 8 minute walk to one of the largest stretches of untouched beaches in the country. The house is fully furnished and includes all of the necessary amenities.

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Costa Rica – A Gay Travel Paradise

Author: , August 31st, 2013

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from Google Maps

Costa Rica feels like paradise because of its lush jungles, spectacular beaches, abundant wildlife, and varied landscape – all for less than you’d pay for a trip anywhere in Europe. But for gay and lesbian travelers in particular, Costa Rica has gained a well-earned reputation as a comfortable place to visit. True, its discos won’t rival those of New York or London, and its gay scene isn’t as big as the one in Amsterdam or Sydney.

But where else can you climb a volcano with your partner during the day, then kick the dust off your boots and find a place to watch a drag queen lip-synch at night?

You could spend years here and not see everything, but there’s a great itinerary that’s popular with first-time visitors. It’ll give you a taste of several different parts of the country – a bit of urban life, a bit of jungle, and a spell on the beach. You’ll have opportunities to flex your muscles if you’re the athletic type, or time to take it easy if you’re not – or if you’re traveling with kids. Tour operators offer all-gay tours, but it’s easy enough to set one up on your own, and you’ll meet plenty of gay people along the way. Most importantly, nobody will bother you in Costa Rica; the local motto is “pura vida,” which means “pure life” but loosely translates as “life is good, so don’t sweat it.”

Authored By Wayne Hoffman – See the Full Story at New Now Next

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Villa Decary, Nuevo Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Author: , June 22nd, 2013

Vila Decary - Nuevo Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa RicaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Owned Arenal Area Favorite for 15 Years: Lake Arenal’s most beautiful hotel. Botanical garden and rainforest setting, spectacular views of lake, mountains. All accommodations have private entry, private bath, private deck. Rates include scrumptious breakfast beautifully served. Casitas with full kitchens available. Monkeys, 140 bird species. Peaceful, private, serene. Close to many activities: kayaking, hot springs, volcano, birding, canopy tours, nature walks, and more. Good eateries nearby.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Tolteca, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Author: , May 23rd, 2013

Casa Tolteca - Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa RicaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Private Luxury Estate Overlooking the Pacific: Casa Tolteca is a completely private luxury villa nestled within an enchanted tropical forest. CasaTolteca’s four spacious, well-appointed living suites, as well as its inviting pool and gardens, command spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Rented weekly.

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Costa Rica and Gay Travel

Author: , May 10th, 2013

Costa Rica - Google Maps

from Google Maps

How gay friendly is Coats Rica? The New Gay Travel Guide has an answer:

Gay friendly? Gay tolerant? Is their really such a thing as GAY Costa Rica, and are the Ticos really THAT accepting of the gay traveler. The answer is “YES,” but with a few caveats. First, the Tourism Board here understood a long time ago, that GAY people have plenty of cash to spend, and after all, ‘Green’ is ‘Green’ no matter who’s spending it. Costa Rica doesn’t CARE if you’re GAY, but they damn sure don’t want to see GAY. Don’t Ask, don’t tell, don’t hold hands. Don’t act GAY! They do not want to see it!

More info at the link above.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Prana Rainforest Retreat, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Author: , March 30th, 2013

Prana Rainforest Retreat - Costa RicaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

A Romantic Spa Villa Retreat for Two : 1400 square foot modern Balinese style villas in the rainforest, right on the border of Manuel Antonio National Park, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Owners are on premises and provide optional massage, yoga and gourmet meals. Treat this as your private destination spa retreat, or simply as your bed and breakfast vacation rental.

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