Canada is known to be friendly and welcoming to all, and this hospitality extends to the LGBTQ+ community. Canada is one of the most LGBTQ+ welcoming countries in the world and a must-visit for all LGBTQ+ travelers In fact, Canada shares first place (with Sweden) in the 2018 Spartacus Gay Travel Index. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IGLTA also released the second edition of the UNWTO Global Report on LGBT Tourism and it was noted that 86% of Canadian, millennial-aged respondents believe homosexuality should be accepted. Canada was also one of the first countries to officially legalize same-sex marriage nationwide back in 2005, a decade before the United States.
ENJOY KEY WEST WHILE STAYING AT THE ISLAND HOUSE GAY B&B
Imagine a subtropical island paradise in the continental United States that requires no passport for visitors. A destination where rainbow flags fly proudly at homes and over businesses. A destination where more than 225,000 self-identified LGBTQ+ travelers visit each year. The place is Key West, at the tip of the Florida Keys coral archipelago, 159 miles southwest of Miami. Two turquoise-hued bodies of water—the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico—surround this scenic 2-by-4-mile island.
If you're planning a visit, consider staying at Island House, Key West's largest gay men's guesthouse. It's a private, clothing-optional compound with pool, sundecks, poolside cafe & bar, gym, sauna, steam room and indoor & outdoor Jacuzzis.
Recently, my partner and I had the privilege of traveling aboard the M/V Zafiro, a luxury Peruvian Amazon River Cruise offered by the niche travel company Rainforest Cruises. A river cruise is arguably the best way to discover the mighty Amazon in supreme comfort. This experience provided us with some of the most remarkable memories in this precious area of South America.
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