Five reasons why Curacao is a fantastic destination for LGBT travellers
The Caribbean has always been a hotspot for tropical holidays and romantic escapes and while many of the region's islands are less accepting of same-sex couples due to religious or cultural reasons, the small island of Curacao welcomes LGBT travellers and has the highest membership rate of businesses in the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.
The Caribbean is one of the leading destinations for romantic getaways and while some islands are less-accepting of same-sex couples, due to cultural or religious beliefs, there are many that welcome all couples.
The small island of Curacao has the highest membership rate of businesses in the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and LBGT travellers are welcomed but its close-knit, friendly community.
Located off the coast of Venezuela, Curacao is the largest of the five islands that are located in the Netherlands Antilles in the South Caribbean Sea. The country boasts luxury beach resorts, gourmet restaurants, and stunning natural attractions such as the Hato Caves and the Curacao Marine Park.
There are many reasons to visit ths Dutch island and the Huffington Post has listed the five top ones:
This nation is home to 17 soft sandy beaches such as Kenepa beach where the locals hang out and play music and host barbeques, or Cas Abao with its calm azure ocean waters that provide perfect conditions for snorkelers.
This is the capital of Curacao that is home to historic museums, brightly-coloured buildings, and Dutch colonial architecture that has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. The vibrant art scene and authentic Caribbean culture makes this a fantastic city to explore and soak up the island culture with locals and visitors.
The island is a favourite for scuba divers and snorkelers thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters and some of the most popular diving sites are the submerged ruins of the Dutch sea walls on St Eustatius; Mushroom Forest which is a star coral underwater jungle; and La Dania' Leap which is surrounded by a colourful coral reef and divers can get close to sea horses, whale sharks and turtles.
Caribbean carnivals are famous for their colours, energy and culture and Curacao hosts one of the longest carnival celebrations in the region. The event usually starts in January and last until the end of February and boasts dazzling floats, beauty pageants, dancing in the streets, live music, and parties that last for days.
Christoffel National Park
This beautiful national park is the largest on the island and is home to a variety of wildlife species, flora and fauna, such as the white-tailed deer and a stunning cactus garden. Tourists can hike up Christoffel Mountain to see the panoramic views of the island.
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The ideal retreat for everyone in the family, where an unforgettable experience is guaranteed for young and old.
- The location couldn't be more perfect, facing a gorgeous stretch of sun-drenched beach within close proximity to Downtown Willemstad
- A superb onsite scuba diving centre offering daily boat trips to the National Underwater Park, this is a number one retreat for diving enthusiasts and snorkelers
- Look forward to a pampering spa offering luxuriating treatments, a 24-hour fitness centre and an adults-only Jacuzzi