An island whose people are renowned for their gentle presence and warm welcomes, it only makes sense that discrimination takes a place on the back burner. In fact, British Prime Minister David Cameron has made acceptance so much a priority that he has called for a reversal on some of its more outdated laws in order to continue supplying financial aid.

Instead, front and center is a convivial culture that wants to let all visitors in on the fun of its excellent festivals, hearty nightlife, and endless activity. Right next to that is an elegant, British tradition that adds a touch of class to every stay. Put your pinkies in the air with a traditional afternoon tea over views of tropical waters, or abandon refinement to cheer on your team of choice during a cricket match. Make time for “tee” of a different sort in this golf destination, then take off your white glove to experience white-glove service on the Platinum Coast’s 15-mile Millionaires’ Playground and its sumptuous restaurants. Eat all you want—you can work it off to the live reggae and calypso that light up the evenings in local rum bars and other venues.

Good to Know

  • No overt gay scene, but there is a quiet presence near St. Michael, Christ Church on the southern coast and St. James – Batts Rock on the western side
  • All beaches in Barbados are public, even resort properties; discretion is advised
  • A gay population on the island contributes to under-the-radar circuit parties

Featured Resorts:

The Club Barbados Resort & Spa


The Club Barbados Resort & Spa is located in the paradise of St James, on the West Coast of Barbados, also known as the Gold Coast. A mere 20 minutes from the capital city of Bridgetown and just 30 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport. The resort offers 161 rooms in seven categories and is surrounded by gardens, pools, lounges, and restaurants. This Adult only All Inclusive resort is nestled amongst three acres of lush, tropical gardens featuring exotic trees ...

Mango Bay Barbados


Mango Bay Barbados is ideal for those seeking the convenience of an all-inclusive beach vacation combined with the personal and friendly service of a small resort. It enjoys a sought- after beachfront setting in St. James on the famous west coast of Barbados. The restaurants and boutiques of fashionable Holetown are just steps away, while golf is readily available on nearby championship courses.

The Crane Resort


Nestled on a pink sand crescent beach, protected by a natural coral reef, sits an oasis of luxury The Crane. Boasting half a mile of ocean frontage, and panoramic views of the blue Atlantic that fade into eternity, this historic resort possesses an enchanting flavor.

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