Gay or gay friendly resorts/hotels?

Aug 23rd, 2002, 08:39 PM
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In regards to the Sandals/gay issue...Knew this couple that was gay and they really wanted to go to Sandals..they found out they couldn't go because they were same sex couples. So, the tried to be smart and got two friends, a lesbian couple, to go with them. So they checked in as 2 opposite sex couples, how smart!!! Well, throughout the week, people started noticing the guys being really chummy wiht eachother and the girls being really chummy with eachother. So, they kept a close eye on them...then, a staff member saw the men go into one room and the women go into one room. They were kicked out the next morning. Honest to God, not making this up. This was in Jamaica. So, to Ellen, again, Sandals will not accept same sex couples no matter which way you try. And Tivertonhouse, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't homosexuality illegal in Jamaica?

FYI: I have absolutely nothing against anyone's sexual preference. I'm just providing the truth that it is not as accepted throughout the Caribbean as it is in North America.
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:37 PM
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The Cayman Islands refused entry by a gay cruise. The Bahamas and Bermuda have some homphobic reports filtering from those islands. Have no knowledge of Jamaica or of Sandals properties or their policy but the original question was about the USVI. Also Sandcastles on the Beach might be of interest on St. Croix but the gay resorts in the USVI listed above seem to attract more male guests. Females traveling together would not raise an eyebrow in any of the USVI nor most islands as long as private activity is done in private.
 
Aug 23rd, 2002, 09:54 PM
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my or whomever you are I don't know about Sandals that's why I wss asking. Although don't know why I'd ask since it is not someplace I would stay anyway. You prove no such thing as dumb questions only dumb answers
Glad I made your day.
Gay.com has a long list of islands but St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John has several choices on each of the islands of gay/lesbian owned and operated resorts.
 
Aug 24th, 2002, 12:08 AM
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U can go to Jamaica I am a Jamaican tour operator but only adult travels please lesbians and other couples soory guys...
If you have not made your vacation we would have made it for you.. lesbians do not have a problem in Jamaica
 
Aug 24th, 2002, 03:23 AM
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The keyword in all the above is the message from Daniel:RENT A VILLA and you can do anything.You'll also enjoy your island holiday far more. Many gays rent on St.John annually -- find something at the end of the island in the Coral Bay area for a less touristic side. Save for St.Croix, the USVIs are an extension of the States with tourism and long-time US residents dictating public attitudes for most but not all.
 
Aug 25th, 2002, 03:09 PM
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Dear Island. Type gay into the search window. You will see many threads on this topic. Most of the people who have traveled the Caribbean extensively will tell you that for the most part it is not a friendly region for gays.
You can find lovely places to go that are more accepting than others.
I am new to this board but people like Ellen and happy stick out as sore thumbs who jump on others when they have no idea what they are talking about. Luckily all the other people who do were quick to correct their bad advice.
 
Aug 25th, 2002, 04:03 PM
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Donna,
Why not just go to San Francisco ?
They have nice beaches there also (Bakers Beach) and the weather isn't so bad if you go in the fall. No one will mind if you suddenly decide to be amorous under the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco people are very understanding !
 
Aug 25th, 2002, 05:16 PM
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I made it prefectly clear that gay/lesbian couples were okay in the US and BVI. That is not wrong. You might do a search of the owners and operators of resorts and accomodations and find a virtual treasure trove of accomodations that are very accomodating. There are other islands that are also more tolerant of same sex couples than others. Sandals does not speak for main street, earth, thank goodness!
I would suspect that those who are openly affectionate and waving their lifestyle would find many of the same comments and looks many places in the world.
So grouse all you want about who is wrong or right but please but brain in motion before engaging fingers with half truths and wrong information.
 
Aug 25th, 2002, 06:20 PM
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islanddreaming, I agree with tivertonhouse's assesment that lesbians would be under the radar of most Caribbean folks - I have found this to be so in many places that I have travelled. I also agree with tiv's assesment of the islands' climate vis-a-vis gay men. With an ordinary amount of discretion, no one would be the wiser. Go to the USVI and enjoy your vacation!
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 05:10 AM
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island dreaming:

I suggest St. Martin. Although not being gay myself, I can understand your concerns. However, we have met several gay couples in our travels to this island. Never have any of them voiced any incident that had made them uncomfortable.
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 06:18 AM
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If there are any gay men interested in in travelling as couples to the British Virgin Islands. PLEASE don't listen to Ellen and Happys dangerous advice. The other islands that have been mentioned by some of the other posters like St. Martin, San Juan Puerto Rico are good choices.
My partner has a coworker who went to Tortola with his partner. They went into the downtown area to just walk around. They were openly harrassed by a group of young men in a bar they passed. They didn't understand all of what was being said but they knew they were in danger when they passed a policeman who just looked the other way when they went by with these guys laughing and yelling at them right on their heels. They got a cab and went back to their resort where they stayed for the rest of their trip. Their vacation was ruined by this hateful behavior. I'm sure this does not happen all of the time but why make yourself a potential target. Ellen and Happy should stick with things they know about.
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 07:27 AM
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Wouldn't it be easier just to not be gay than to put up with all the harrassment?
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 07:30 AM
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Chris,

That is probably the most ridulous thing I have ever in my life heard (read)
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 07:33 AM
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Hello Chris,
It would be much easier not to be gay. It would be great if it were so simple as that. Most gay people do not choose to be gay. It's not like choosing to be a CPA or a school teacher. It's not any different than being born a man or a woman. There's no "choice" involved. It's painful to be out in a restaurant with the person you love and not be able to touch that person affectionately or hold hands or to have people call you names or even hurt you just because you are different. It's no different from any other prejudice.
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 09:24 AM
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well, is Tortola in the BWI or BVI? Just curious!
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 09:28 AM
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The Princess Beach in curacao is very gay friendly. At least it was when we were there.
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 09:44 AM
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Tortola is in the BVIs
 
Aug 26th, 2002, 10:10 AM
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Hello Courioushappy,
Tortola is one of the British Virgin Islands (BVI's) and is also one of the British West Indies islands in the Caribbean (BWI's). This chain is comprised of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos. They are British overseas territories.
(More than you probably wanted to know
 
Aug 28th, 2002, 07:50 AM
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I make it a policy not to respond to nasty posts about information I give to people asking for advice.
I also try not to comment on things I have no knowledge of or experience with.
I'm posting these links about violence toward gays in the Caribbean because Ellen and happy have both given uninformed and potentially dangerous advice...

http://www.ipsnews.net/hivaids/new_2612_3.shtml

http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/AMS/porchlight/sp2001/glavepage.htm

http://www.wiredstrategies.com/resort.html (This one has the Sandals policy. A few years ago, Couples also did not allow same sex guests. That may have changed since then - I'm not sure.)

http://www.ntac.org/news/01/05/18carib.html

There are more too numerous to include. The last link discusses a transsexual and the fact that violence toward "sexual minorities" is rampant in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Ellen and happy, I'll be interested in viewing information to support your claims whenever you can provide it.
 
Aug 28th, 2002, 08:16 AM
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Nancy,

Give it up girl. This last post of yours got removed once - now you are starting to repeat yourself - or are you of the nature to have to get the last word in. Your articles are of Jamaica - they are asking about USVI.

 

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