Maybe it’s because of the cold weather, but lately I’ve been thinking about a vacation. I took time off during the holidays, but it’s not the same as going away on a real vacation. So, I reached out to Bob Guymon, owner of Thomas Travel to get his insights on some good choices for LGBT families to get some R&R.
“When planning a vacation, choose a destination that truly appeals to your taste,” Guymon told me. “It can be historic, cultural, adventurous — whatever rocks your world. And remember to look for something that works within your budget.”
With that in mind, here are some gay-friendly destinations for the whole family!
Gay Days in Anaheim or Orlando — Three days of fun in October in the Magic Kingdoms, all catering to two-dad and two-mom families. Although not officially sponsored by Disney, the parks welcome the group with open arms. There’re all sorts of fun, from special lunches to scavenger hunts, plus all the amazing rides for which the parks are famous.
Guymon reminded me that Provincetown has been a destination of choice for gay guys for years.
If a camp getaway — not that kind of camp — is more to your liking, there are plenty of long-weekend choices offering good old-fashioned fun. CampOut in Decatur, Michigan offers water-skiing, sailing and other traditional camp activities for gay parents. It’s all inclusive so everything is included in the registration price. There are also camps for kids of gay parents and those catering to LGBT Jewish parents.
Perhaps something less “roughing it” is more appealing. The Fontainbleu in Miami Beach is great. Guymon says there are pools, waterfalls, and water slides for the kids, plus a program geared just for them — ranging from games and sports to art, and maybe even a chance to make treats with the resort’s pastry chef!
Cruising — not that kind of cruising — may be more your cup of tea. There is Olivia and R Family Vacations — LGBT family-specific cruises on board Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas with ports like the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten. There’s always plenty to do for kids, and they’ll enjoy hanging out with other families like theirs.
There are also some nice resort choices abroad like Karisma’s Azul Beach near Cancun. Although not specifically for LGBT families, it certainly is LGBT family-friendly. Kids can hang out with Sponge Bob and catch movies, while dad and dad get a couple’s massage or do some tequila tasting.
Guymon also said his time in Sitges, Spain was remarkable. It’s gay-family-friendly and offers a laid-back, quaint vibe peppered with pristine beaches and colorful activities like stilt walkers and fireworks. It’s also close to bigger cities like Barcelona, another gay-friendly adventure spot.
One piece of advice Guymon added, “Before you head off on vacation, do your research. Make sure wherever you go meets your needs. And if you’re traveling abroad, make sure you’re heading someplace where your family will be safe. After all, the whole point of vacation is to have fun!”
Oops! In my Gift Guide column, I erroneously referred to those cute Love Is Love tee shirts as “free” trade. They are, in fact, fair trade, and still a great gift idea!