In Costa Rica the situation facing gay and lesbian travelers is better than in most Central American countries, and some areas of the country — particularly Quepos and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio — have been gay vacation destinations for two decades. Homosexual acts are legal, and in Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognize gay relationships. Same-sex couples are unlikely to be the subject of harassment, though public displays of affection might attract unwanted attention.
I had the strange feeling of being in an eco-amusement theme park. The top, most expensive restaurants, if placed in other countries like Colombia, Mexico, or even Puerto Rico, would be rated as average. Through the years, young Americans and retirees have driven up prices, significantly affecting the culture and economy.
Costa Rica has become a Mecca for Gay and Lesbian travel over the past few years. The country itself has become far more tolerant of the Gay and Lesbian lifestyle. The cynical part of me would chalk this up to the fact that somebody has figured out that gays and lesbians tend to be great travelers, well behaved guests, and most important, have money and are willing to spend it!
Costa Rica is developing a reputation for Gay friendly tourism for both visitors and those choosing to live here. This blog addresses the reason for the rise in Costa Rica LGBT tourism with respect to changed attitudes, where to stay, religion, economics and the laws. As in most western nations these changes have been gradual and sometimes rocky.
Costa Rica is a gay friendly country with a thriving gay scene. No gay marriage yet but it could become reality soon. The following article is about Costa Rica as a gay retirement spot.
As ever, we wanted to find out what it is really like and not just through a tourists lens. We contacted 23 year old Gabriel who is studying architecture to find out more. There are only 2 options, just like Trump and Clinton.
Pura vida is more than a friendly motto written on hats or T-shirts for tourists to buy at souvenir shops. The phrase is a reminder to not sweat the small stuff and instead focus on things that matter: friends, family, and most importantly, love. For many LGBTQ people living in Costa Rica, social norms have noticeably shifted in recent years, thanks to wider visibility in smaller communities.
My partner and I are getting married this October in Massachusetts. We are waiting to do our big honeymoon trip until the winter holidays, and would really like to go to Costa Rica. We are looking for advice on how gay friendly Costa Rica is, which cities or towns are the best places for gay couples to stay in, any suggestions on gay friendly hotels or BnBs, and recommended sightseeing activities in the region.
It is reasonable to expect that gay marriages will be legally performed in Costa Rica in the near future. This change for couples also permits unwed heterosexual couples, children, stepchildren, siblings, and other significant persons living with another party, to enjoy benefits that were previously disallowed. Initially Costa Rica Gay tourism began over 18 years ago in San Jose and now, across the country, Costa Rica has enjoyed a beautiful relationship with gay visitors.