LGBT Travellers

In Costa Rica the situation facing gay and lesbian travelers is better than in most Central American countries, and some areas of the country – particularly Quepos and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio – have been gay vacation destinations for two decades. Homosexual acts are legal, and in 2015 Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognize gay relationships. Still, most Costa Ricans are tolerant of homosexuality only at a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ level. Same-sex couples are unlikely to be the subject of harassment, though public displays of affection might attract unwanted attention.

The undisputed gay and lesbian capital of Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio; while there, you can pick up an issue of Playita (www.gaymanuelantonio.com/playita-magazine.html). The Spanish-language magazine Gente 10 (www.gente10.com) is available at gay bars in San José.

Agua Buena Human Rights Association This noteworthy nonprofit organization has campaigned steadily for fairness in medical treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Costa Rica.

Center of Investigation & Promotion of Human Rights in Central America The leading gay activist organization in Costa Rica.

Toto Tours Gay-travel specialist that organizes regular trips to Costa Rica, among other destinations.