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9 beautiful LGBTQ+ friendly Caribbean islands to visit ASAP

An attractive young gay man wearing swim trunks on the beach by the ocean of an LGBTQ+-friendly Caribbean island

The Caribbean is known for its stunning islands, offering unique experiences and natural beauty. But there’s more to these islands than just their scenic views—they’re also places where LGBTQ+ travelers can feel accepted and enjoy their vacation freely.

This guide will introduce you to some of the best LGBTQ+ friendly Caribbean destinations known for their welcoming vibe towards queer visitors and based on their popularity.

Understanding LGBTQ+ Rights in the Caribbean

Before we dive into our list of popular islands, it’s important to understand how LGBTQ+ rights vary across the Caribbean. Not every island has the same laws or attitudes towards queer people, so it’s good to know which places are more welcoming.

For instance, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Turks and Caicos Islands are known for their stunning landscapes and rich culture but, unfortunately, do not have a reputation for being LGBTQ+-friendly.

In each of these islands, same-sex activity remains illegal (predominantly for men). In many Caribbean islands, same-sex marriages are also illegal or not recognized.

LGBTQ+ travelers need to be aware of these legal and social nuances when planning travel in the Caribbean. While some islands offer a welcoming environment, others may pose significant challenges due to their legal frameworks and societal attitudes.

Top Caribbean destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers

Let’s explore the islands that stand out as friendly and inviting for LGBTQ+ travelers, offering both great vacation experiences and a respectful environment.

This list is ordered based on Equality Index data, which looks at LGBTQ+ rights, laws, freedoms, and public attitudes. We also use Google search data and our GayCities traffic data to inform the rankings.

9. Saint Kitts and Nevis: Emerging with pride

The mountainous landscape and coastline of St Kitts Island, Leeward Islands from the vantage point of the cruise port Zante, Basseterre

While Saint Kitts and Nevis is evolving in terms of LGBTQ+ acceptance, there are signs of progress, and the islands’ natural beauty remains a big draw. Travelers can enjoy the serene beaches and engage with local culture, feeling the warmth of the evolving inclusivity of the islands.

Equality Index: 35/100, Legal Rights: 56/100, Public Opinion: 15/100

8. Antigua and Barbuda: Warm welcomes in paradise

St. John's, Antigua port and skyline at dusk. The waterfront buildings are vibrant and colorful

Antigua and Barbuda are making strides in becoming more LGBTQ+ friendly, with increasing awareness and a growing sense of community. The islands offer a mix of serene retreats and cultural experiences, all set against the backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

Equality Index: 43/100, Legal Rights: 70/100, Public Opinion: 17/100

7. Dominican Republic: Hidden Gems of Acceptance

Tropical beach resort at sunrise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Though the Dominican Republic is known for its stunning resorts and tropical beauty, it’s still on a journey toward broader LGBTQ+ acceptance. In tourist areas and the capital, Santo Domingo, there’s a burgeoning sense of community and spots where LGBTQ+ travelers can find a welcoming atmosphere.

Equality Index: 40/100, Legal Rights: 48/100, Public Opinion: 31/100


Santo Domingo

More Than Beaches And Resorts

6. Aruba: Friendly faces everywhere

Aerial from Eagle beach on Aruba in the Caribbean

Aruba‘s charm lies in its friendly locals and beautiful landscapes, making all visitors feel welcome. The island’s commitment to hospitality is evident in its diverse resorts and activities catering to LGBTQ+ travelers, ensuring a stay filled with joy and acceptance.

Equality Index: 64/100, Legal Rights: 64/100, Public Opinion: N/A



Caribbean Gem

5. Curaçao: Open hearts and open arms

View of downtown Willemstad. Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Curaçao stands out for its motto, “biba i laga biba,” which translates to “live and let live.” The island, which is only 35 miles north of Venezuela, is home to over 140,000 residents from 55 different cultures. Its vibrant community, inclusive events, and stunning scenery make it a real gem for LGBTQ+ travelers looking for a mix of chill vibes and cultural experiences.

Equality Index: 66/100, Legal Rights: 66/100, Public Opinion: N/A



Curaçao puts the C in ABC

4. Cuba: A cultural mosaic

Vintage classic American car on April 23, 2016 in Havana, Cuba

Cuba offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its historic streets to its lively cultural scene. While the country is still on its journey toward full LGBTQ+ rights, certain areas, especially in Havana, are known for their more open and inclusive atmosphere, offering a unique blend of culture, history, and LGBTQ+ community life.

Equality Index: 78/100, Legal Rights: 84/100, Public Opinion: 73/100



Take a trip back in time

3. St. Martin/Sint Maarten: A dual delight

Philipsburg, Sint Maarten cityscape at the Great Salt Pond

This split island offers a double dose of culture and acceptance. Both the French and Dutch sides of Saint Martin/Maarten boast a welcoming stance towards LGBTQ+ visitors, complemented by stunning beaches, great food, and a lively nightlife scene, making it a top choice for diverse experiences.

Equality Index: 78/100, Legal Rights: 78/100, Public Opinion: N/A


Saint Martin

Gay St Martin, French West Indies: Cosmopolitan island of the Caribbean

2. Puerto Rico: Vibrant and inclusive

Colorful houses line the hillside over looking the beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

As a beacon of LGBTQ+ friendliness in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico invites travelers to its dynamic cities and peaceful beaches. San Juan, in particular, is renowned for its LGBTQ+ scene, where community and culture thrive, making it an ideal spot for travelers seeking both adventure and community.

Equality Index: 80/100, Legal Rights: 93/100, Public Opinion: 68/100


Puerto Rico

Gay Center of the Caribbean

1. Martinique: A crown jewel

The coast of the Caribbean island of Martinique French Polynesia. Beaches with turquoise water and palm trees.

Topping our list, Martinique shines as a beacon of inclusivity in the Caribbean. With a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, supportive atmosphere, and French-Caribbean charm, the island offers a unique blend of cultural richness, scenic beauty, and a welcoming vibe, making it the premier destination for LGBTQ+ travelers in the region.

Equality Index: 92/100, Legal Rights: 92/100, Public Opinion: N/A

Plan your trips with safety in mind

Embarking on a Caribbean adventure requires some planning for LGBTQ+ travelers. Here are some tips to keep your safety in mind:

  1. Do your research: Research the destination you will be visiting. Look for LGBTQ+-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and bars in the area. You can also search for blogs or travel guides written by fellow LGBTQ+ travelers for insider tips and recommendations.
  2. Use LGBTQ+ friendly accommodation websites: Websites like GayCities or MisterBnB that specialize in LGBTQ+ travel offer a curated list of friendly accommodations. These websites provide safe and welcoming places to stay and allow you to connect with other LGBTQ+ travelers.
  3. Respect local cultures: Remember that not all countries are equally accepting of the LGBTQ+ community. Before your trip, take some time to learn about the local culture and customs to help you avoid potential conflicts and show respect for the local community.
  4. Be cautious with public displays of affection: While it may feel natural for you to hold hands or show affection towards your partner, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and local laws regarding public displays of affection in the country.
  5. Connect with local LGBTQ+ organizations: Reach out to local LGBTQ+ organizations in the area you will be visiting. They can provide valuable information on places and events and offer support and advice if needed.
  6. Stay informed about current events: Stay up-to-date with any news or developments related to LGBTQ+ rights and safety in your destination country before and during your trip.
  7. Trust your instincts: If at any point during your journey you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation.

Celebrate Pride in the Caribbean

One of the best ways to explore a new city is during its Pride celebrations. Engage with the local LGBTQ+ scene by participating in Pride events across the Caribbean. These celebrations are a great way to connect with the community, experience local cultures, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

We keep our Pride Finder updated with upcoming Pride parades and events around the world.

Your gay island adventure awaits

Five pink flamingos on the beach in Aruba in front of blue ocean waters with palm trees on the coast line in the background

With this guide, you’re ready to explore the Caribbean’s top LGBTQ+ friendly destinations. Each island offers something unique, ensuring that your trip will be filled with beautiful memories, whether you’re seeking relaxation, culture, or festive celebrations.

So pack your bags and get ready to discover the welcoming spirit of the Caribbean.

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