LGBT Getaways in the Bahamas

While not strictly part of the Caribbean, the Bahamas share a similar demography, cultural history and the same stunning geography to the islands in the Caribbean Sea. And whereas some of its south-eastern neighbors may not be entirely accepting of openly-gay travelers, the Bahamas generally has no such qualms and welcomes you with open arms.

The name Bahamas originates from the Spanish term Baja Mar, which means Low Sea. It is a collection of about 700 islands and a snapshot of them will reveal why this name is so apt. The weather stays at a balmy 70 to 90 degrees throughout the year and even the rainy season only offers brief, transient bursts of hydration.

The monsoon season is between May and November but rarely stretches for the entire span. It is the best time to take advantage of the best room rates and avoid the crowded tourist season altogether. The downside is that some of the venues and entire islands rely solely on the tourist season so they may not be open in this period. Plan ahead by checking what is available.

The other period to avoid is Spring Break which s generally in March and April. Or, if drunk and wild partying is your scene, this might actually be the best time to visit. Of course, you will have to contend with the higher prices as well as the boozy college kids.

The crystal clear waters glimmer with a blue tinge and meld in the distant horizon with the equally clear skies. There are few places in the world here you can appreciate such a vista.

If you are a fan of the sea, the Bahamas offers traditional homes built on stilts at the end of long piers. Here, you can enjoy the isolation of looking out on the most stunning sunrises and sunsets in complete isolation with your significant other.

The Bahamas is renowned for its scenery and its fresh seafood, watersports and marine activities so your trip there is best enjoyed if you are into these. The gay scene here is still in its infancy and although no one really cares what you do in your personal life, there are officially no dedicated gay clubs and bars. However, that has not stopped from residents and visitors alike from creating their own scene while in the Bahamas. At several of the top nightspots, as well as on the beaches, gay couples are becoming increasingly visible.