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Four Ways to Experience the Gay-Friendly Side of the Caribbean

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The Caribbean as a whole can make an LGBT traveler wary, but several islands have officially unfurled the rainbow flag. Here, LGBT travel advisor and AFAR Travel Advisory Council member John Clifford shares the best ways to be out and about. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.
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"Hands-down, Curaçao is the most LGBT-friendly island—and it has been for years, way before it was chic," says John Clifford. "It’s part of the Dutch Caribbean, so imagine a slice of Amsterdam—a place where holding hands with your S.O. won’t...
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“The Santurce Arts District in Old San Juan is the center of LGBT nightlife on Puerto Rico," explains John Clifford. "Scandalo is a small but popular gay dance club that’s known for the best drag shows on the island. For a $5 cover, you’ll see the...
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Following extensive renovations after the 2017 hurricane, Belmond La Samanna plans to reopen in December 2018.

Belmond La Samanna on the French side of St. Martin is arguably the island’s finest resort. Some suites have private plunge pools,...
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St Barthélemy
“One of the hottest LGBT (and clothing-optional) beaches in the Caribbean is in St. Bart’s. Anse de Grande Saline, or Saline Beach, is postcard perfect: a protected bay with soft sand and rocky coves," says Clifford. "The unofficial rule is that...