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.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Airline Traveling This Summer

Author: , June 4th, 2016

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TSA airline linesOh, the horrors of airline traveling this summer. Since 9/11 it has gotten worse and worse and even worse if that is possible. Now it is even worse! Lines at the TSA are getting longer and longer and taking forever to go thru. People are missing their flights because of this and people are getting extremely fed up and frustrated.

The Transportation Security Agency’s “Precheck program” is designed to fix that problem and move the lines much quicker however only about 2.75 million people have enrolled to date which is far below projections.

The TSA wants to have at least 25 million people signed up by 2019 for federal ‘trusted traveler’ programs for domestic travel, and Global Entry which is the program for International travelers operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And just what is this “Precheck program”? You can complete the online application or you can complete the entire process in person at an application center. Schedule an appointment by calling 855. 347.8371 weekdays, 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. Eastern Time.

TSA airline dogWalk-ins are welcome but appointments take priority. Visit an applications center to provide required documentation and be fingerprinted. Be sure and bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. Pay a non-refundable fee of $85.00 which will last for 5 years. Payment may be made with a credit card, money order,company check or a certified or cashier’s check. You can obtain a ‘precheck’ at most airports.

It takes about 10 days to two weeks to get your ‘precheck” number in the mail. Then whenever you make an airline reservation, be sure and give them that number, otherwise you will need to stand in the regular lines. Those who have this ‘pass’ do not have to remove their shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. Since you are in a special line, naturally the wait time is much shorter or at least that is the way the system should work! For more information on the TSA’s Precheck program, check out: www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply and https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/airlines-airports

airline virginSpeaking of airlines, the latest reports out on the good and the bad and the ugly for airline companies, the ratings for the best down to the worst according to CNN : Virgin America, JetBlue, Delta, Hawaiian, Alaska, Southwest, SkyWest, United, Express Jet, American, Frontier, Envoy Air and Spirit at the bottom. The major complaints are the rise of ticket changing prices, lack of improvement of airline amenities, and most of all NO SERVICE once you are in the air. A great website to visit about airline complaints can be found at www.airlinecomplaints.org/

Some things in life we can handle and other things we just have to simply grin and bear it. At this point in history and especially when flying we really have few choices. So it is best to always take a book or two or three with you and just relax and don’t sweat the small things in life that you have absolutely no control over. Getting all worked up and getting your blood pressure going sky high is not the answer.

As for us, we have not flown in the past 15 years. Since we live in the middle of the country and have the time, we always drive from coast to coast. Sure, once in a while there is a traffic jam or something like that but it is never for a very long time. We can dine where we want to and enjoy the scenery along the way. However we fully understand that there are a lot of travelers out there that do not have the luxury of time that we do and have to fly.

Good luck this summer in your traveling and hopefully all of your airline traveling will be safe and with no major time delays or anything like that. Just remember do not sweat the things that you cannot control and enjoy yourself with a good book.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Basic Rules for Hotel/Motel Safety

Author: , September 19th, 2015

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We hear horror stories from our readers all the time about hotel/motel safety. And we have also had ‘problems’ with hotel/motel safety. We do need to add that in all of our travels from coast to coast that we have NEVER had a problem while staying in any Bed and Breakfast, NEVER!

The first problem anymore is when you check in, whether you have already made reservations with your credit card or just walking up and checking in. You present your credit card and then they want to see your driver’s license which we certainly do not mind showing. Then the new thing now is that they want to make a copy of your driver’s license for their files. Let’s see now, they have your name and address, telephone number, credit card number and now have a copy of your driver’s license which includes your photo!

Is that not something that an unscrupulous $10.00 an hour clerk to take advantage of? Talk about easy credit card fraud! The rate of employee overturns in the hotel/motel industry is astounding so why take a chance doing that? We never allow them to make a copy of our driver’s license, NEVER. Most often we have to talk to the manager on duty and they say that they will make an exception this time just for us, but of course they just want no problems with us We never mind showing our driver’s license but will not let them copy it.

room safeThen you check into the room, check for bed bugs and if the TV and all the lights works. Does the air-conditioning work? Is it clean? Then we go to the room safe (and is that not an oxymoron)? All room safes are not made equal. Most hotels have in-room safes and most of them charge you for that added security.

Yet this added hotel security does not mean your belongings are insured by the hotel if there is a robbery. Most hotels are protected by individual states’ innkeeper’s laws, which state the hotel is not responsible for theft from your room – including the in-room safe. Using the safe in your hotel room does not even mean your things are locked up. Most hotels have a back-way into their in-room safes, be it a master key or a master code. Management has access to these in case they need to assist guests if they loose their keys/code to the safe.

This poses a security risk since there are people who can access your belongings. Just think about it! Since we always travel by our own automobile, we have a special safe in the trunk of our auto and to get to that, they would have to steal our entire automobile and we triple lock it all the time! Just for the heck of it, sometime, simply touch in 0000 on the safe keypad and see what happens. Rather scary isn’t it?

bicycle lockWhenever we leave our room, we put our laptops in a suitcase which we lock, plus we have a bicycle chain lock so that we can lock all of our suitcases together and sometimes even lock them around a leg on the bed.

We know many guests who have returned to their rooms to find one of their pieces of luggage stolen by an employee or a thief. Walking down the hallway with 3 or 4 pieces of luggage chained together is more or less a dead give away that they are stealing them. Luggage locks and bicycle chain locks can be purchased anywhere for under $10,00. One can just never be too careful when traveling.

If your room keys are electronic and one is lost ask the hotel for a new room key – not a duplicate. This will reprogram the lock on the door in case the key was stolen. It’s important to note there have been a few security flaws reported in common keycard locks, resulting in many hotel room break-ins. Essentially the electronic locks were hacked, allowing thieves to enter hotel rooms undetected.

Insurance is a necessary evil. Before you purchase travel insurance though, check with your existing homeowners or renters insurance to see if your policy covers things like thefts when you are traveling. Making your room always look occupied deters thefts. Simply leaving the TV or radio on a low volume can make it appear that someone is in the room.

luggageAnd, if you do not need your room cleaned, hang the Do Not Disturb sign on the door to keep cleaning staff out of the room. This does not just eliminate possible thefts from hotel staff but from someone pretending they are staying in your room and coming back to grab a few things while the room is being cleaned.

This does happen, and according to recent reports it’s fairly common. The Do Not Disturb sign is not a sure fire way to keep cleaning crews out of your room though. To help ensure the cleaning staff does not enter your room, call down to the front desk and ask them to not clean your room.

As we mentioned, we have never had any problems while staying at a Bed and Breakfast, but only at hotels and motels. Just always be safe when traveling and have a great time.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Travel, But Be Careful

Author: , July 4th, 2015

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As a lot of us are taking off for summer travel, we always need to remember to be very cautious and safe. That includes not only our person but our valuables, laptops, cell phones and most of all our money and credit cards. Having anything stolen while traveling can be a near total loss of your trip.

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Airlines keep losing luggage and we read so many articles about the baggage handlers who are very unscrupulous. For the life of us we cannot understand not being able to lock your checked luggage because anyone can open it up and put anything in it, and then YOU are the one that gets the blame. And, in addition dozens of people can open your luggage and take anything out.

When you arrive at a hotel and especially a large hotel, many times you get there before you can actually check into your room so you are forced to let them put your luggage in separate room with dozens of other luggage and since your luggage is not locked, again, you can only take your chances that nothing will be taken.

We have heard horror stories from readers who have had things stolen from their hotel/motel rooms by the staff. After checking in the room, we always put our laptop and other valuables and put them in a locked suitcase. We often go so far as to use a bicycle chain lock and lock two suitcases together.

Cash and credit cards are always a concern when traveling. A lost or stolen credit card or debit card can be horrendous. We generally use just one credit card when traveling, however we always take a couple of extras that are not in our wallet just in case there is a problem.

Since we do travel a lot, our credit card companies know our agenda however if you only travel once in a while it is best to give your credit card company a call and let them know where you are going. Always write down your credit card and debit card number (in your own secret code) and the 800 number to call immediately. Find out in advance about where you can get money from an ATM machine where you do not have to pay a fee. Those fees can add up.

One thing that we just will NOT do when checking into any kind of accommodations is to let them make a copy of our drivers’s license. More and more accommodations are asking to do that. They already have your name, address, telephone number and then they want to make a copy of your driver’s license? No way! Talk about a major problem just waiting to happen! While most staff members are very honest people, it just takes one to ruin your credit with fraud! Next thing you know, you are having someone that you never head of that is opening a new credit card account in your name, If you do have a problem like that when you check in, ask to speak to the Manager. We have done that several times and they always, say, “just for you we will make an exception”. Call your credit card company and ask them about that subject and also call your Driver’s license department in the State where you live and they will tell you not to let anyone make a duplicate of your driver’s license.

Credit card scams are getting so dangerous that we no longer give our credit card to our server in a restaurant. We go to the cashier ourselves and pay, with our credit card in hand. There are hundreds of national articles telling about unscrupulous servers that know how to make new cards in just seconds so we are just over cautious whenever we use our credit card. When we go to a bar we always pay cash for our drinks, however some like to use their credit card. If you are going to have several drinks, they have you give your credit card to the bartender and they put it by the cash register. We have seen a great many credit cards stacked up and more than once they make a mistake and give your credit card to somebody else.

Have fun when traveling but always, and we do mean ALWAYS be on the alert.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Turbulent Times for Transgender Travelers

Author: , June 1st, 2014

Transgender FlagFor two years, 27-year-old Reilley Clemens hadn’t gone home. Not because she didn’t have the money or the will to travel, but because she feared what she might experience at the airport. Clemens, a women’s studies graduate student of the University of Florida, is transgender. And for trans people, airline travel – which is already a hassle for any gender – can become a complicated, frightening proposition, especially when it comes to security checks.

“Who’s going to perform the search? Where’s it going to be performed? I feel like someone would mistreat me or something would happen,” Clemens said. “There’d be an awkward pause where I’d have to explain that I’m trans.”

In the trans community, it’s understood procedures at airports are overly invasive and, at times, uncomfortable. Transgender people can experience problems if their appearance does not match the picture or gender identified on their identification. Ryan Nowak-Crawford, an 18-year-old undergraduate at the University of Southern California, said it’s not systematic discrimination, but it could potentially lead to discrimination. “Having the security person check you can make a trans person very uncomfortable,” Crawford said. “If that particular security official had something against trans people, it could make your life difficult.”

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TSA Plans Change in Security Procedures for Gay Couples

Author: , January 23rd, 2014

TSA LogoThe Washington Blade has learned the Transportation Security Administration is poised to allow same-sex couples to undergo pre-flight security screenings together in response to two recent incidents with American Airlines personnel at a Colombian airport.

Hunter Carter, a prominent same-sex marriage advocate in Latin America who said American Airlines personnel at the airport in the Colombian city of Medellin separated him and his husband, Cesar Zapata, as they tried to check into their Miami-bound flight on Jan. 18, received an e-mail from Alec Bramlett, senior litigation attorney for the airline, on Wednesday afternoon.

“TSA has communicated to our Corporate Security folks that they are working on a technical change to its directive, and that pending that change, we can immediately begin screening same-sex spouses together,” wrote Bramlett in the e-mail the Blade obtained from Carter. “We are working on communicating this change in procedures to our stations ASAP.”

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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