But for us, we celebrate Pride 24/7/365, whether it’s in our own back yard or on the sunny beaches of the Caribbean.
During June, you’ve probably noticed that many hotels and resorts offer special packages, which is great, but we wanted to seek out a few spots that have specials for LGBT guests well beyond the sixth month of the year. We’ve been to all but one, too, so we can vouch for their inherent splendidness.
Here are five of our favorites.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | Aruba
This IGLTA-certified hotel is located right on the breathtaking blue waters of the Caribbean. There’s a casino if you want to gamble instead of sun worship (though there’s time for both). Our favorite part about staying at this property is the Tradewinds Club, a swank adults-only floor of the hotel with a great concierge lounge. And with the Pride in Paradise package, you can enjoy a room on this level, a private catered balcony dinner, a reserved cabana at the H2Oasis adults-only pool and palapas on the beach, a sunset sail for two and other exclusive amenities.
Starting Rate / How to Book: The package starts at $623 per night and is valid through December 17, 2017. To book, visit www.arubamarriott.com using promo code 8LG.
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort | St. Thomas
For an LGBT-friendly escape in the U.S. Virgin Islands, leave the passport at home and check out this spectacular destination that’s just a quick boat ride away from the main island. There’s an adults-only infinity pool overlooking the cliffs below, plus there are six on-site restaurants and bars to keep your mouth occupied for a good portion of your stay. With the Out and About in Frenchman’s Package, travelers will receive a $100 dining credit, a $100 Adventure Center credit (for nighttime kayaking, sailing, etc.), and two round-trip water ferry passes for a scenic ride into downtown.
Starting Rate / How to book: The Out and About Package starts at $249 per night and is valid through mid-October 2017. To book, visit www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com and enter promo code 8LG.
Floris Suite Hotel & Spa | Curaçao
Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, but you might catch a glimpse of South America from this charming island. The Floris Suite Hotel & Spa in Piscadera Bay is Curaçao’s most LGBT-friendly hotel and host property for the annual Curaçao Pride. This all-suite property has a great pool area, small spa with steam room and easy access via golf cart to a fantastic beach. This fall, LGBT travelers can visit during Pride from September 27 – October 1. Additionally, with the Two More Nights Free package, guests will receive two free nights when staying for five or more.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa | Mexico
We love Puerto Vallarta, easily the gayest destination in Mexico, if not the world. This IGLTA-approved property offers guests everything they need on-site, but we promise you’ll want to head into Zona Romantica for a little local charm (and several gay bars). Purchase the Pride & Joy Couples Package and receive daily breakfast for two, your choice of a 50-minute spa treatment, as well as authentic Mexican snacks, a local LGBT guide and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
Starting Rate / How to Book: Package rates start at $219 per night and visit PuertoVallartaMarriott.com using promo code 4LG (three-night minimum stay).
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | Puerto Rico
Here’s one more that travelers without a passport can enjoy. Located in the chic Condado neighborhood, this beachfront resort features a casino, which is home to a Chinese restaurant and some of the best chow mein we’ve ever eaten (just sayin’). Plenty of pool options make it easy to cool off without ever stepping foot in the ocean. San Juan Marriott’s Pride and Joy Package includes an upgrade to a pool view room, wine and cheese amenity, VIP transfers to and from the airport, and daily breakfast for two at La Vista Latin Grill’s gourmet buffet.
Starting Rate / How to Book: Package rates start at $335 per night and visit www.marriottsanjuan.com with promo code 4LG.