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Bermuda made international news when it got rid of a law that let people of the same gender get married. The move surprised people because it was a step back for LGBTQ rights and showed an ugly, less tolerant side of the culture of the island.
Still, LGBTQ travelers (especially those planning a honeymoon) shouldn’t let this news get them down. There are a lot of other places that are happy to celebrate all couples and sprinkle rose petals in a honeymoon suite.
We’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for an alternative to Bermuda or just want to find a super-romantic, LBGTQ-friendly place to spend your honeymoon. Here are our top seven choices.
Provincetown, or P-town, has been a safe place for gay people since the 1920s. It is at the very end of Cape Cod’s curly tail. Its streets are full of bars, restaurants, shops, art galleries, and places to see performances that cater to LGBTQ people. (The drag acts here are in a class by themselves.)
Every street has cute little cottages by the water, giving it a strong New England feel. The beach is never far away, and the calm, warm water of Cape Cod Bay is right there.
In 2003, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage, which is another reason to go on a honeymoon on Cape Cod.
Check these beautiful hotels you can stay in Provincetown
Spain has been waving the rainbow flag around the world for a long time, and gay marriage was legalized in Spain 10 years before it was legalized in the U.S. All of these things make Spain a haven for LGBTQ couples in love.
The Balearic Islands are a great place to go if you want to have fun in the sun and go to the beach. Yes, Ibiza is better for people who want to party until dawn than for couples who want to get away from it all. But Formentera and Minorca, which are less busy, have plenty of places to relax in peace.
Culture vultures could also choose between Madrid and Barcelona, but Madrid’s gay neighborhood, Chueca, might convince travelers to go to Madrid.
We recommend the following hotel: Casbah Formentera Hotel & Restaurant
If you want to find a beautiful island, you don’t need to get your passport out. Hawaii has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a beautiful spirit of hospitality that can be summed up in one word: “aloha.” You can enjoy the state’s natural beauty by surfing, hiking, and snorkeling. Travelers can also look for cultural experiences like luaus, hula dancing, and ukulele shows.
Hawaii has a strong LGBTQ community (Honolulu Pride is a good example), and in 2013, the state made same-sex marriage legal. The only problem might be picking the best island for you and your partner.
We recommend the following hotel: Prince Waikiki
Jamaica and the Bahamas show that LGBTQ travelers aren’t always safest in the Caribbean. Jamaica has been called “the most homophobic place on earth” by Time magazine. But don’t worry if you really want to go to the Caribbean with your new spouse. Puerto Rico can provide an excellent alternative.
Out Now Global’s LGBT2020 survey even put it in the top 10 places for gay and lesbian travelers to visit. Most of the gay-friendly restaurants, bars, and clubs are in San Juan, which is where most of the action is.
Vieques, on the other hand, is a small island that is eight miles from the main part of Puerto Rico. It is more peaceful and has quieter beaches.
We recommend the following hotel: Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Napa is often called California’s “romance capital,” and for good reason. With restaurants like The French Laundry and wineries like Clos du Val, it’s a great place to take your loved one out to eat and drink.
In addition to tours of wineries and reservations at restaurants, honeymooners can enjoy some of the best spas in the area (anyone for a couple’s massage? ), picnics, and even hot-air balloon rides.
Because Napa is close to San Francisco, which still has the most LGBTQ residents of any U.S. city, it gets a lot of same-sex honeymooners, so you’ll be in good company.
We recommend the following hotel: Milliken Creek Inn
It would be a joke to say that Sydney is a gay-friendly city. Since the 1970s, the huge Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been held in the city. It is a wild, multi-day party where everyone wears rhinestones, feathers, and rainbow-colored wigs to celebrate on a global scale.
But Sydney has a lot more to offer honeymooners than just a loud pride week. Within the city limits, there are beautiful beaches and clifftop walks, as well as an international arts scene with the famous Sydney Opera House.
Sydney also has great food, and no trip is complete without a Chinatown food crawl. This is a great place to go on a winter honeymoon because it is always warm.
We recommend the following hotel: Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Several countries now allow same-sex marriage, but the Netherlands was the first to use “love is love” as a rallying cry. Since 2001, gay couples have been able to get married here. This shows that LGBTQ people are an important part of the Netherlands.
Because of this, Amsterdam has become one of the best places for LGBTQ culture. Along Reguliersdwarsstraat, dozens of gay bars and clubs proudly fly rainbow flags (the main LGBTQ street in Amsterdam).
There is a busy nightlife scene, but the city also has a softer, more romantic side, which you can see along the charming canals and in the cute as a button townhouses. Don’t forget to buy tulips for your sweetheart.
We recommend the following hotel: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – a concept by Hyatt
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