Latin America has plenty of amazing places to visit. Many of them are open to couples of the same sex and offer gay and lesbian vacation options. With a little research you will be able to find exactly the holiday you are looking for. Here are a few best gay and lesbian vacation destinations in Latin America.
1. Bogota, Colombia
When you think of Colombia, you probably don’t think of it as a go to place for gays and lesbians. Bogota is actually quite forward thinking and is leaning towards legalizing same sex marriage. It is also home to a thriving night life including the largest nightclub in the world. The Theatron is a giant club made up of several different clubs and bars all in the same complex and is a perfect destination for any party animal, gay or straight.
2. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City has so much to offer everyone who wants to have an amazing vacation in Latin America. Many same sex couples can be seen throughout the city holding hands and the city is quite open to alternative lifestyles. The city is home to Calle Amberes, a club and restaurant run by a gay couple. It is a must see when visiting Mexico. Other popular sights to see while in Mexico City include bull fights and the local markets. You may also enjoy some of the shopping districts where you can find just about anything.
3. Lima, Peru
Lima boasts many gay owned and operated bed and breakfasts, as well as clubs and restaurants. It is a vibrant city which has much to offer in the way of culture, food and experiences. One of the most amazing attractions near Lima is the Inca trail. This tourist attraction is not for the faint of heart. The Inca Trail runs uphill for 23 miles from Lima to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It takes several days to make the trek, but is well worth it for anyone who enjoys hiking or history.
4. Panama City, Panama
Panama City is a place rich in history and is an international hub where you are sure to meet people from all over the world. It was founded in 1519 by a Spanish explorer and is famous for the Panama Canal. Panama City is a thriving metropolis surrounded by dense rainforest. The city has several gay neighborhoods where you will find great shopping, cool boutique hotels and hot clubs.
5. Santiago, Chile
Santiago is a very old city with some really amazing architecture and history. Founded in 1541, it is made up of different areas from different eras. The diversity makes it a fascinating city to explore. The chic downtown area is gay-friendly and the Barrio Bellavista neighborhood is one of the oldest and hippest areas of town. Santiago has an amazing public transportation system so it’s very easy to get around and explore.
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina was the first Latin American country to legalize same sex marriage. It has played host to many gays and lesbians throughout the years and is an open minded area. Buenos Aires offers several great hotel options for every budget, as well as shopping, dining and a vibrant night life.
7. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is the place to go for ultimate relaxation. The laid back vibe and the security in the city make it a popular destination. A good place to stay is Casa Cupula. The hotel is an upscale gay hotel with all the amenities to make you feel pampered. The gay beach at Playa Los Muertos is only a few blocks away.
8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is a beautiful destination with stunning beaches. One of the more popular options is Condado Beach with its open air bar right on the sand. The Santurce District has several gay clubs to check out and the city hosts an impressive gay pride parade each year. Overall, it is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and the perfect vacation spot.
9. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brazil is an incredibly vibrant place to visit and Sao Paulo particularly popular. The city boasts the biggest gay pride celebration in the world with over 2 million people in attendance every year. Sao Paulo offers a diverse nightlife, great shopping and many gay-friendly hotels throughout the year.
10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is also a gay hot spot, welcoming gay and lesbian couples from around the world. They offer gays only beach as well as the colorful Ipanema district with many gay owned businesses. You can just sit in an open air cafe and people watch for hours, or head out to experience some of the vibrant lifestyles in the city.
No matter where you choose to go in Latin America, there is sure to be just the right vacation for you and your partner. Many of the countries welcome gay and lesbians with open arms. Whether you are looking for adventure or some peace and quiet, Latin America has the vacation spot for you.