The welcome increase in the number of countries legalising gay marriage is giving same sex couples the opportunity to enjoy the process of organising a wedding. Here are some suggestions to help you plan your perfect honeymoon in some of the world’s most gay friendly honeymoon destinations.
Point Yamu, Thailand
Let the remnants of your wedding jitters melt away at the award winning Point Yamu wellness retreat. Newlyweds can ease gently into married life in a peaceful part of Phuket, surrounded by incredible views of Phang Nga Bay. Indulge in the menu of luxury spa treatments, hike or cycle in nearby mountains, or enjoy the fact that you never have to make another wedding decision again.
Reykjavik is perfect for the urban couple who doesn’t want to travel far to reach their honeymoon destination. Iceland is very LGBT friendly, having legalised same sex marriage in 2010, and having an openly gay prime minister. Reykjavik is cultured and quirky, with a Nordic charm and fantastic shopping.
It is worth getting outside of the city for a few nights to explore Iceland’s unique landscape. Take a trip to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, go whale watching (May to September), or see the glacier at the Skaftafell Ice Caves in the Vatnajokull National Park. Iceland is also one of the best places to witness the Aurora Borealis.
Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Not all popular Caribbean destinations are LGBT friendly, but Puerto Rico definitely is. This beautiful island could be the set of an aftershave advertising campaign, with its white sandy beaches you can horse ride on, crystal clear waters for swimming and sailing, dense rainforests, and more romantic views than you could possibly Instagram in a week.
There are several luxury resorts in Puerto Rico who have made it a focus to ensure LGBT couples are comfortable. One is the W Hotel Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island which has two private beaches, incredible tropical gardens, and a wealth of activities and tours.
Despite the fact that same sex marriage is still not legal in Australia, the country’s unofficial capital is hugely gay friendly. Time your honeymoon for the first Saturday in March and experience the spectacle of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – one of the largest LGBT pride parades in the world, and a popular event that attracts more than 100,000 spectators and participants.
The inner city suburbs of, Surry Hills, Elizabeth Bay, and Darlinghurst, with Oxford Street in particular, have the densest concentration of gay clubs and bars.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
As well as a thriving gay community, Puerto Vallarta benefits from fantastic weather, beautiful beaches, and resorts to suit every budget. Whether you spend your days relaxing on the beach or by the pool with a margarita at hand, exploring the old town’s cobbled lanes lined with independent boutiques, or making the most of your resort’s spa facilities, you’ll leave refreshed and relaxed.
The best time to go to Puerto Vallarta is between December and April when the weather is warm and dry. November and May are bearable, but avoid June to October if you hate humidity and rain. Find out more about getting married in Mexico.