Experience the Diversity of The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica
Your hosts Colin Brownlee (from Vancouver, Canada) and Frédéric Spahr (from Québec CIty, Canada) of Banana Azul, welcome Gay and Lesbian travelers looking for beach and jungle adventure while traveling in Costa Rica.
In an effort to make sure our gay guests get what they are looking for in their Gay vacation to Costa Rica, we feel the need to let you know the following. While The Banana Azul property and the local Puerto Viejo area is ideal for gay travelers want to experience a whole different experience then the rest of Costa Rica with its rich indigenous and Jamaican cultures, it is not ideal for the single travelers looking connect with other gay travelers and locals. It is your vacation and we do not want you to be disappointed.
Currently we enjoy a gay clientele of about 20% of our customers. Our (child-free) hotel is ideal for gay couples and singles that are comfortable in mixed straight and gay environments and don’t feel the need to stay in accommodations that are exclusively gay. Our staff of 20 is mixed gay and straight. All are very comfortable with our gay guests. Check out this video from Costa Rica residents Michael and D’Angelo who visited us recently:
The Caribbean coast is still developing and has yet to have a visible gay scene. The community is too small and transient to support a gay bar or exclusively gay hotel. However, we have never had establishments have any issue with our gay and lesbian customers. Two popular places in town that are not only gay owned and operated, but also popular with gay and lesbian travellers are Stashu’s Confusion and Koki Beach.
Most Gay and Lesbian travelers that come to Costa Rica only get to experience San Jose and the Pacific coast. Both these places have established histories and businesses that cater to the gay community. But the Caribbean Coast offers something unique in it’s variety of nature and the mix of cultures. If you don’t visit the Caribbean coast you’re missing half the country!
For complete information for Gay and Lesbian Travelers, check out www.CostaRicaGayMap.com.
For a review of Banana Azul and Puerto Viejo check out: “A Gay Blue Banana in Puerto Viejo”
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Banana Azul also is part owner in a very successful tour company called Gecko Trail Adventures. Gecko Trail Adventures has working relationships with almost all gay and gay friendly hotels, tour guides and transportation services. We have worked with many gay and lesbian travelers and helped them experience exactly what they were looking for in their vacation to Costa Rica.
Gecko Trail Adventures has several packages specifically tailored to Gay and Lesbian clients as well. Check out their specialized services to the Gay and Lesbian community on their gay travel page or take a look at some of the packages they offer:
The Bi-Coastal: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Caribbean
Our 11 day / 10 night Bi-Coastal Tour offers you the Best of Coast Rica, taking you from the majestic Pacific Coast, inland, to the awe-inspiring slopes of Arenal Volcano, and on to the pristine shores of the Caribbean. We have designed this package with you in mind. The standard hotels offered are either exclusively gay or gay-friendly. Your days are filled with exciting tours as well as time for relaxation.
11 days / 10 nights
From $1205 USD p/p (double)
They are also happy to customize any of their other packages for you or to build a completely custom package for you.