Week #5 - Final Destination, Curacao
Hello once again ladies, this will be our final destination out of paradise. This week we will cover Curacao, the last of the gay friendly islands. Is this the last of my series, you ask? Hell no girls...next week we will be starting a whole new adventure...but that's for next Friday... so Bless up, enjoy and come visit.
Introduction to Gay friendly Curacao
One of the few liberal islands of gay-friendliness in the sometimes homophobic Caribbean, Curaçao has in recent years put itself at the forefront of gay tourism in the region. It launched a gay and lesbian travel Web site, many of its hotels are members of gay tourism associations, and there are three LGBT bars (a rarity in the Caribbean) that are open nearly every night of the week. Even life partners of citizens can receive permanent residence on the isle. After Puerto Rico, it's probably the best bet for any kind of all-gay vacation in the Caribbean.
It comes as no surprise that Curaçao is part of one of the most liberal entities on earth: the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It's situated just outside of the region's hurricane belt 35 miles north of the Venezuelan coast. It's a rather dry and desert-like island strewn with cacti and dotted with old windmills and hilltop forts, many of which have been turned into restaurants. The capital of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 1500s, is punctuated by upscale gambling joints and pastel-hued buildings. The rest of the island is filled with more than 30 beaches and 40-plus dive areas.
Places to Stay, Shop and Lime*
The big event of the year is the Curaçao Carnival, which begins on New Year's Day with various festivities extending until the day before Ash Wednesday. A highlight is the Festival di Tumba during the second week in February, when local musicians vie for prizes. Throughout the whole season there are outdoor street dances, concerts and parades. Curaçao is also that rare Caribbean isle with a bona fide gay event -- the "Get Wet" weekend in September, with outdoor movies, pool parties and boat trips.
LGBTQ - Friendly Accommodations, Restaurants, Beaches and Businesses etc., in Curacao
Here are several Popular Hotels, Spas, Resorts and B&Bs : (see below)
1. Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino
2. Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club
3.Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
4. Avila Hotel
Travel Tips :
1. Chose your beach carefully. The northwestern coastline is rugged and not good for swimming, but the western coastline is sheltered with mellower waters. Locals call playas large beaches and bocas smaller inlets.
2. Get taxi quotes. TCuracao cabs don't have meters, so you need to get a quote from the driver before going anywhere to avoid a surprise later.
3. Use English or Spanish. Even though it's a Dutch island, both English and Spanish are widely spoken and understood. You'll also hear the local Papiamentu dialect -- a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English and Arawak Indian.
*Lime - The Trinidadian term for hanging out or socializing.
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