Top Ten Surprising LGBT Honeymoon Destinations
Sure, there are plenty of obvious LGBT-friendly destinations that everyone knows about…from coastal classics like New York City and San Francisco to European escapes like Barcelona. But there are lots of incredible LGBT honeymoon spots that might not as obvious to LGBT romance travelers. And so, without further adieu, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten “surprising” LGBT honeymoon destinations.
10. Atlanta, Georgia
The southern US doesn’t always get a great rap when it comes to being open to LGBT couples. But with gorgeous forests, serene mountains, pleasant weather and gay-friendly cities like Atlanta, the southern state of Georgia is filled with places that will welcome same-sex honeymooners with open arms. Atlanta has a vibrant LGBT community, and one of the highest rates per-capita of gay bars in the entirety of the USA. It’s one you’ll definitely want to check out for your gay honeymoon in the US.
New laws in Nepal came into effect when a new government took power several years ago, quickly increasing the gay-friendliness of this destination. Now the tourism industry is following suit with an increasing number of LGBT-friendly hotels, resorts and travel companies. According to The Washington Post, Nepal even issues a “third-sex” national ID card and in 2008 elected its first openly-gay parliament member. You’ll want to find gay-specific hotels here, as much of the country is still warming up to the idea, but for a same-sex honeymoon in an exotic locale where peace and adventure reign, Nepal is becoming a friendlier option by the day.
8. St. Martin/St. Maarten
A number of gay-friendly hotels and resorts on both the French and Dutch sides of this Caribbean paradise give LGBT honeymooners plenty of accommodation options. Meanwhile Cupecoy, the island’s major gay beach, is a tropical gay escape where you won’t have to worry about offending anyone with a little PDA. With some very religious locals, not all the islanders are thrilled about the idea of the island becoming an LGBT hotspot but it hasn’t stopped the community from thriving here.
7. Dublin, Ireland
Ireland is known for its welcoming people and gorgeous green scenery, but not everyone knows that Dublin is home to a Pride Festival every June that includes parties at local bars and clubs, art exhibitions, community events and a grand parade. Revel in the largest LGBT celebration in all of Ireland and then retreat to the peaceful, verdant Irish countryside…Ireland is an unlikely but excellent choice for your LGBT honeymoon.
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is known for its liberal attitude, and their attitude toward LGBT couples is no exception. With gay bars and clubs abound and plenty of gay-friendly hotels, Amsterdam is a prime spot for hard-partying LGBT honeymooners. Of course the rich history, charming scenery and close proximity to major cities like London provide a rainbow of honeymoon activities for all LGBT couples to choose from.
5. Mumbai, India
A gay honeymoon in India? The experts at ExclusivelyPride.net say yes! Mumbai is easily the country’s most cosmopolitan city, with a diverse and sophisticated population. It has a thriving LGBT community but many gay-friendly establishments aren’t published locally so you’ll have to do the research beforehand. Also, according to GayTravel.com, despite the gay scene in Mumbai most of the population tends to be quite conservative so PDA may draw looks from the locals, but don’t let that stop you from an unforgettable gay honeymoon in India.
4. Asheville, North Carolina
With the gorgeous Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains never far, Asheville is home to a number of gay-owned or managed inns and guesthouses providing warm service and intimate accommodations to LGBT couples seeking a hip, urban LGBT destination that’s always close to the mountains. Gay bars and LGBT-friendly restaurants are easily found in the city of Asheville, while the gorgeous southern landscape beckons same-sex couples looking for the southern-style country relaxation just outside the city.
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The “Paris of South America” enjoys an LGBT community with hip parties, tons of gay-friendly nightlife, romantic dining and activities out the wazoo, and all with a delightful dash of Argentinean soul and South American flair. Tango the night away, enjoy some of the world’s best grilled meats and party your pants off at any of the city’s pumping gay-friendly nightclubs. People from Buenos Aires have been known to party until at least 6 in the morning, so couples who never miss the nightclub scene have their work cut out for them!
While many Muslim countries have a bad reputation for accepting LGBT couples, Jordan is a unique exception. In this country of mostly warm, friendly people, oppposite-sex PDA can be taboo while same-sex affection doesn’t get nearly as much of a second glance. Male couples should note that it’s normal for straight Jordanian men to be very physical and comment on the attractiveness of other men, but many gay Jordanians can be very direct about their sexuality as long as they’re socially comfortable. Though it lacks the traditional gay party scene, OutTraveler.com recommends Jordan as a sort of gay mecca alongside Israel, in the often gay-unfriendly Middle East.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
This small capital city isn’t known for having lots of gay bars or a raging LGBT party scene, but the attitude of the Icelandic people is warmly welcoming of LGBT couples. The unbridled beauty of Iceland awaits LGBT travelers looking for gorgeous scenery, world-class spas, a hip capital, the cosmic beauty of the northern lights and laid-back people who just take couples for who they are.