Gay and Lesbian Travel in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has become a favorite destination for Gay and Lesbian travelers over the past few years. The people of the country overall have become far more tolerant. The land of Pura Vida has become one of the most popular Latin American destinations for LGBT tourists.
While Costa Rica is predominantly Roman Catholic, the church here seems to have decided not to take an active role in the matter unless there is something scheduled of a public nature. Certainly, the church here is anti-gay as one would expect in a Latin country, but it also seems too that the attitude here in Costa Rica is a sort of “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell”. Unofficially Gay and Lesbian tourism is neither encouraged nor discouraged by the government. As of 2011, the number of gay/lesbian travelers has skyrocketed and shows no sign of decline. Recently the Gay Pride Festival was held in May and the Gay Pride Parade in July.
Heat up your love life with a romantic stay in the newest hot spot for the gay vacations. Romance and adventure is awaiting you in the beautiful and friendly country of Costa Rica, which has become a haven for gay tourists who are welcome not only in the exciting night life in the San José metropolitan area, but also on the white sandy beaches and our romantic tropical rainforests. Whether you enjoy eco-tourism, adventure, sport fishing, diving, surfing, or relaxing on sun drenched beaches, you will find it here along with the amenities and hospitality of the best hotels at every destination.
The parts of the country with the most significant gay scenes are San José and Quepos (near Manuel Antonio National Park) – in terms of bars and, restaurants. As for gay-owned or simply gay-friendly guesthouses and accommodations, Costa Rica has plenty of them. It’s a very comfortable place for gay travelers, and most of the foreigners who have moved there to open inns and accommodations (i.e., Americans, Canadians, Europeans, etc.) tend to be on the left-leaning, eco-conscious, and gay-friendly side. So in that sense, it’s hard to go wrong.
Gay Friendly Accommodations
One thing that might be helpful is planning a night stay when you first arrive at Colours Gay Resort in San José – it’s a very nice place, gay-male-owned but gets a mix of gay men and lesbians as guests. The staff is extremely kind and helpful, and it’s not far from the airport. It can be a good choice just because the staff can give you advice about other parts of Costa Rica that you might be headed. There are also some very fun gay discos in San Jose’s city center, including La Avispa and Puchos Nightclub.
There are a goodly number of gay or gay welcoming hotels in Costa Rica. Most of these seem to be centered in either San José or in the area around Manuel Antonio. In fact, the area around Manuel Antonio has, in just the past few years, become an extremely popular gay tourist destination. This part of Costa Rica has also seen a huge number of older and middle aged gays purchasing property or building homes in the Manuel Antonio – Quepos – Dominical areas with the intent of retiring or living here part time. Accommodations seem to be of the higher quality offering a variety of services and discretion.
While Osa Mountain Village Resort is certainly one of these gay friendly, welcoming resorts we are not a “gay resort”. The vast majority of our clientele are not gay and our community residents are quite diverse coming from many walks of life and places in the world. We are located south of Dominical in the Southern Pacific zone – with lush, untouched old growth rainforests and the nearby Costa Ballena beaches; our region is known as being one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet.
You can find out more information about gay Costa Rica at: gaytravelcr.com
Or learn more about gay’s and lesbian’s in Costa Rica in the Tico Times online directory.