Destinations that Truly Embrace the LGBTQ+ Community

By Cirze Tinajero

There are several places that pride themselves on saying they are LGBTQ+ friendly and offer countless activities for this community; however, do these places truly embrace the LGBTQ+ community? In this article, we present 5 destinations in Latin America that not only stand out for their spaces and festivals for the LGTB+ community but have also marked a milestone in it.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Its neighborhoods such as Recoleta, Palermo, and the Corrientes area offer hundreds of options for the LGBTQ+ community.

One of its most emblematic places is Contramano, and although the Argentines call it bowling, it is the perfect place to meet new people.

Mexico city

In recent years, various neighborhoods such as Centro, Zona Rosa, Roma, and Condesa have had a large number of hotels, clubs, shops and exhibitions for the LGBTQ+ community.
Especially Zona Rosa, which has become a must stop for the LGBTQ+ community due to its large number of restaurants, karaoke bars, bars, boutiques, sex shops, and cabarets.

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Uruguay is one of the most progressive nations. It was the second country in Latin America to legalize marriage between same-sex couples and has created laws in favor of abortion and the sale of marijuana.
In 2009, a social program was launched in which couples, including those of the same sex, who had been living in common law for more than 4 years, could request the State to adopt children in an effort to improve the quality of life of Uruguayan children.


Uruguay stands out for its relaxed attitude, but especially Punta del Este which has focused on the LGBTQ + community and stands out for its vineyards, beaches, casinos, and clubs.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The sensuality that pervades its Carnival spreads throughout the year in the form of pride parades, luxurious resorts and independent hotels, bars, and clubs in this city.
Rio’s LGBTQ + tourism has found its space especially in Maracanã, or its beaches, from Leblon to Copacabana.
In Brazil, the approval of homosexual unions was promoted by the supreme court and not by Congress.
And it is one of the few nations in Latin America that actually prohibits conversion therapies.

San José, Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, same-sex marriage has been legal since May 26, 2020.
It became the first country in Central America to legalize homosexual marriage.
San José stands out for its saunas, hotels, clubs and bars dedicated to the community.
For example, Club Teatro is famous for its nightlife and spectacular Drag Queens shows.
While Club Hispalis is a men’s sauna and gym near the gay center of San José.