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Costa Rica is a popular destination for gay and lesbian travelers !!

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Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amenus. My sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love. ~ Catullus, 87-54 B.C.

Despite Costa Rica’s conservative Catholic sensibilities, Ticos’ reputation for tolerance and acceptance has made it a popular destination for gay and lesbian travelers. But it’s a little like the “don’t-ask, don’t-tell” policies of the US military – gays and lesbians are welcomed as long as they do not blatantly advertise their sexuality. Overt public displays of affection by same-sex partners make many Ticos uncomfortable, especially in rural areas. To a lesser degree, the same can be said of public displays of affection between heterosexual couples. Discretion is the key to having a good time.

Despite turning away a busload of gay partygoers a few years ago, the Manuel Antonio area attracts a large number of both foreign and local homosexuals. Nearly all the hotels welcome same-sex partners, we mention exclusively gay accommodations throughout the text. For tips and complete information about gay travel, get in touch with La Asociación Triángulo Rosa ( 506/258-0214, atrirosa@racsa.co.cr), a gay rights organization, or check out the English- and Spanish-language website (www.gaycostarica.com).

In San José, several hotels go out of their way to welcome gay and lesbian travelers, like Hotel Kekoldi a gay-friendly hotel that features wonderful painted murals on the walls and continental breakfast. This big green Caribbean-style Victorian property sits on a busy corner in a centrally located neighborhood. Kekoldi is a Bribri word that means “tree of water.” Hotel Colours; pool, TV, restaurant & bar, breakfast included, is a gay guest home in the Rohrmoser neighborhood of San José. Popular center of social and group tourism activities.


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