Parts of the Caribbean are not particularly gay-friendly destinations and on many of the islands overt homophobia and machismo is prevalent.
Gay men and lesbians generally keep a low profile, and public hand-holding, kissing and other outward signs of affection are not commonplace. Homosexuality remains illegal in some countries, most notably Jamaica and Barbados.
Still, there are several niches for gay travelers. Particularly friendly islands include Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saba, St-Martin/Sint Maarten and the US Virgin Islands.
Useful links include the following:
Damron (www.damron.com) The USA’s leading gay publisher offers guides to world cities.
Spartacus International Gay Guide (www.spartacusworld.com) A male-only directory of gay entertainment venues and hotels.