The dawn of the new year means it’s time to schedule some vacation time and plan a romantic getaway, right?! Whether you are planning a same-sex wedding and taking your vows or renewing them, heading off on a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon or just getting away from some much-needed time with your love, the world is waiting. From exotic beaches to historic sites, these LGBT-friendly destinations welcome same-sex couples with open arms. So, pack your bags and renew your passport, because 2016 is your year for an exciting adventure!
No fairy tale would be complete without a castle. Surround yourself with ancient towers, untamed coastlines and lush green scenery in Ireland. Long known as a warm and welcoming country, the people of Ireland show just how true it is by embracing marriage equality and becoming the first country to make same-sex marriage legal through national vote in 2015, making 2016 the ideal time to kiss the Blarney stone and tip back a pint of Guinness.
With all the sun-soaked beaches you could hope for in an exotic getaway, St. Croix also has a laid-back charm and small-town feel that sets it apart from other tropical destinations. Spend your days touring botanical gardens and your nights sipping locally-distilled rum in the island’s LGBT clubs. And, if more than one destination is on your agenda, it’s just a short hop to the other US Virgin Islands of St Thomas and St. John. What more could you ask for?!
For an exotic getaway that doesn’t require a passport, jet off to LGBT-friendly Hawaii. Unpack and relax at a single locale, or do a bit of island hopping to sample all the wonders this Pacific paradise has to offer. Beaches, with sands ranging from black to green and red, invite you into the ocean for incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. Or, drive up the famous Road to Hana and hike to jungle waterfalls for a refreshing (and private) dip.
History, luxury and sophistication collide in this French city. One of Europe’s most elegant destinations, Paris is home to must-see museums and architectural wonders including the Eiffel Tower. But, your romantic getaway doesn’t need to be a checklist of tourist activities. Paris is the City of Love for a reason, and thus offers plenty of opportunities to sip coffee and nibble macaroons at open-air cafes, stroll hand-in-hand along cobblestone streets and buy each other sweet mementos of your trip in cute boutiques.
When it’s time to celebrate, nowhere knows how to party like Cancun. Mexico’s LGBT hotspot is a lively resort town with some of the best nightlife worldwide. But, it’s not all dance floors and salsa dancing. Cancun resides on pristine beaches next to warm crystal-clear waters and one of the world’s largest coral reefs. The best part? There’s no need to worry about the legality of your ceremony – the entire state of Quintana Roo recognizes same-sex marriage! With days filled with water sports and exploring Mayan ruins, a trip to Cancun is the journey of a lifetime.
Make 2016 the year of your dream romantic celebration. With so many gorgeous locations to choose from, your wanderlust tank will never be empty when you choose to get married away!