Gay Costa Rica Travel Guide: The central American country Costa Rica has been for a long time one of our top bucket list countries. This September it is finally happening and we are traveling to San Jóse, Costa Rica’s capital city to attending the Costa Rica LGBTIQ Trade Mission. The LGBTQ+ travel conference will be held for the third time connecting and supporting the national and international gay, lesbian and queer community and businesses. After the event, we will start our two-week Costa Rica Trip around the country starting with the province of San Jóse followed by the rich flora and fauna the region of La Fortuna at Arenal Volcano National Park is famous for. Therefore, we visited the natural hot springs and pools at Tabacon Costa Rica and the Hanging Bridges at Mistico Arenal Park. But this was just the beginning of our Costa Rica adventure! Next stop on our itinerary was the north-west Pacific coast in the state of Guanacaste. The highlight of this region was undoubtedly the Superman zip line at the Diamante Eco Park and animal sanctuary where we encountered uncountable butterflies, Toucans, and the famous Costa Rican sloths.
From Guanacaste’s golf Papagayo we headed south along the Pacific coast to stay in an adults-only villa resort with private infinity pool. Here we nun for a couple of days before we traveled back into the mountains to Monteverde and world-famous cloud forest. Truly spectacular was our canopy zip lining through the treetops of the cloudy rainforest and the tour over the hanging bridges of Selvatura Park. The last days were meant to be coast days again. We spent some relaxing days close to Playa Jacó with incredible animal watching including wales, several Toucans and macaws. Unfortunately, we did not make it to the Caribbean beaches and the east coast because of the peaceful demonstrations, protests, and blockades all around the country. And now enjoy planning your trip to Costa Rica with our Gay Costa Rica Travel Guide and have a great time in the Central American country!
COSTA RICA: The natural beauty with its white-sand beaches, palm trees, rainforest, and spectacular rough coastline is incredibly diverse. And do not forget the biodiversity with its famous Costa Rican animals like the Toucans, the Red-Eyed Leaf (TreRead more
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During our travels to the Central American country, we stayed in different hotels, resorts, and apartments which we checked on their gay-friendliness. What does that mean for us and for you? We checked our accommodations if we were able to get double bedrooms without problems; if we got all gay life and gay scene-related information at the reception we are looking for and if it was ok and accepted to hold hands in the hotel and all hotel facilities. If you are more the private apartment type for a gaycation, we even found some promising MisterB&B apartments in San Jóse and all around the country, even along the beaches. But of course, until we finish our article “Costa Rica’s Top 10 Gay-friendly Hotels”, you can check out some of the hotels and accommodation on the suggested website below:
Costa Rica has always been one of the most progressive countries of Central America. Already in 1971, homosexuality has been legalized. But especially in the past couple of years, the LGBT rights have improved significantly. Since 2013, same-sex couples have domestic partnership benefits. And now, it can actually happen every month, that Costa Rica will legalize same-sex marriage, adoption, and the recognition of transgender people’s gender identity. The base for this upcoming changes for the LGBT community in Costa Rica was the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as part of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to uphold and promote basic rights and freedoms in the Americas. Read more about the LGBT Rights in Costa Rica here.
How to get to Costa Rica? We found some great flight opportunities with flights from Europe and Amsterdam with KLM Airlines with some pretty good deals starting from around 600 Euro return. Unfortunately, there are no direct connections from Amsterdam available, but from Paris, France for example.
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The best thing to see and to explore of Costa Rica is the diverse nature with a great number of plants and animals which contain 5% of the world’s biodiversity! Good to know, approximately 25% of Costa Rica’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, which is the largest percentage in the world. Additional to that, Costa Rica’s government is successfully integrating the protection of nature in their culture and promoting the natural treasures of the country for its ecotourism that is drawing a great number of tourists from all over the world to Costa Rica every year. For your orientation, Nicaragua is the neighbor country to the north and Panama is bordering to the south making them perfect additional destinations for a trip to Central America.
Costa Rica is supposed to be a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers offering great opportunities for surfing, white water rafting, canopy tours and more. The Pacific coast, for example, is considered to have good Surfing Spots. Beaches in the southern part of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast are Pavones and Matapalo (great in June and July). Surfers find good conditions all year round along the central and north Pacific coasts like Playa Grande, Playa Negra, and Playa Hermosa. If you are more interested in white water rafting, Costa Rica can be your rafting paradise. After our Iceland Rafting adventure, we cannot wait to try at least one river ride during our Costa Rica Gay Travels. Definitely, some great highlights of Costa Rica are the spectacular canopy tours over the treetops of the rainforest. We cannot wait to overlook the dense rainforest and zip down over the ocean by a superman zip line adventure. Last but not least, the hot springs and natural river pools are supposed to be gorgeous and relaxing, some even with a view over the Volcanos. We are excited to come to Costa Rica and experience all that together!
Gay Costa Rica: Together with Costa Rica Tourism, the Cámara de Comercio Diversa de Costa Rica (Chamber of Commerce Diversity of Costa Rica) and our wonderful friends Jason and Bryan from Bearded Men we will collect all the information you need to plan your hassle-free gay travels to San Jóse and Costa Rica in Central America. The duration of our trip will be a bit over two weeks to have enough time for the cultural and gay highlights of Costa Rica’s capital city, exciting adventures in- and outdoors and, of course, some relaxing days at the beaches of Costa Rica. And now, enjoy your preparations for a trip to Costa Rica and see as well as experience the best of the Central American country through a couple of men‘s eyes with our Costa Rica Gay Travel Guide blog articles.
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Karl & Daan.
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