Being Gay and Gay Travel in Costa Rica
GAY TRAVEL to Costa Rica has dramatically increased over the last 10 years. However, it’s NOT in the top 10 gay friendly places to visit!
While certain politicians, such as former president Óscar Arias, have
expressed some support for LGBT-rights, Costa Ricans tend to be socially
conservative when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity
issues, in large part due to the strong influences of the Roman Catholic
Church and cultural traditions about machismo.
Gay friendly? Gay tolerant? Is their really such a thing as GAY Costa Rica, and are the Ticos really THAT accepting of the gay traveler. The answer is “YES,” but with a few caveats. First, the Tourism Board here understood a long time ago, that GAY people have plenty of cash to spend, and after all, ‘Green’ is ‘Green’ no matter who’s spending it. Costa Rica doesn’t CARE if you’re GAY, but they damn sure don’t want to see GAY. Don’t Ask, don’t tell, don’t hold hands. Don’t act GAY! They do not want to see it! So, here’s a take on traveling Costa Rica as a gay person or couple and what you may or may not be able to get away with. Check out our video on Gay Travel in Costa Rica .