Bonaire

A special municipality of the Netherlands, this 111-square-mile island in the Lesser Antilles chain benefits from the benevolence of that liberal country, making it as much a pleasure to visit as it is to gaze upon. Same-sex marriage has been recognized in the “B” of the ABC Islands since 2011, and a lack of stratification between its straight and LGBT families creates an environment of peaceful harmony that’s perfectly in line with a relaxing, low-key tropical getaway…which is exactly what you’ll get when you choose this destination.

 

In this diver’s paradise, going out for the evening doesn’t mean donning heels or a collared shirt; rather, date night attire is more normally flippers, a wetsuit, and full tank of oxygen. Since 1979, the 2,700 hectares of reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests surrounding the island have been a designated National Marine Park, cementing its reputation as one of the best dive spots in the entire world. In fact, this island was chosen as the location for the second annual Diving for Life Scuba Jamboree back in 1993, an important charity that supports LGBT community members stricken with AIDS. During the day, you can support this sleepy island’s local artisans and musicians at the Cultural Market on the last Saturday of each month, or get to know its reptilian, winged, and four-legged residents at Washington-Slagbaai National Park. Both will welcome you warmly.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Although same-sex marriage is legal, it is still not that common to perform the ceremony on the island

Featured Resorts:

Plaza Resort Bonaire

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One of Bonaire's premiere oceanfront resorts "that has it all!" Featuring 126 rooms, world class scuba diving and watersports, restaurant and bars, fitness center, pool, tennis, sailing center, boat/car/scooter rental, Aqua kids, wedding & honeymoon planner, conference facilities and more. All of which are located on one of the finest beaches on the island and within minutes of the Flamingo airport and capital town of Kralendijk.

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