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Top 10 Caribbean Wedding Destinations for LGBTQ Couples

8 March 2023

A Caribbean wedding destination at a beach with crystal waters and clear blue sky

There are several wedding destinations located throughout the remote and intimate Islands of the Caribbean Sea. For many couples, being able to get married on one of these islands is a dream come true. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend their honeymoon surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and crystal clear turquoise waters?

From beautiful beaches to delicious food, these 10 places offer some of the best options for same-sex couples looking to tie the knot.

1. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is an excellent location for gay weddings, due to its status as a U.S. territory. There are no state or federal laws against same-sex marriage. The island also recognizes civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Puerto Rico offers beautiful beaches, friendly people, and an abundance of cultural attractions. It also boasts some great hotels and restaurants. Playa Flamenco is a beautiful beach in Puerto Rico and near other gorgeous beaches. If you’re looking for a place that really feels as though you’ve been transported to paradise, then you should consider getting married here.

2. US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands are a great place for a gay wedding. Tropical flowers abound, such as orchids and bougainvillea. The islands are dotted with sugar plantations and rum distilleries, making them perfect spots for weddings.

Couples planning weddings in the US Virgin Islands can choose from three beautiful islands for their nuptials: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix each offer unique experiences. You can choose a traditional church or a private chapel or even a beach ceremony. Couples can also have a barefoot wedding in the sand or in a tropical garden.

 3. Guadeloupe

The legal framework of Guadeloupe is shaped by French law, which includes full marriage, adoption, and discrimination protections for LGBTQ couples. Transgender rights are protected under the law as well.

Guadalupe is one of the best places for a gay wedding in the Caribbean. It’s a small island with beautiful beaches, great food, and friendly people. It’s also known for its lively nightlife scene. 

A popular Caribbean wedding destination with green trees and crystal blue waters

4. Martinique

Martinique is located in the Leeward Islands, in the southern Caribbean Sea. With its pristine beauty, warm climate, and rich cultural history, Martinique is a popular vacation destination for the LGBTQ community. Couples can enjoy the island’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and excellent cuisine.

Among the French territories in the Carribean, the island of Martinique offers gay marriage rights to its citizens. There isn’t much of a gay scene in Martinique, but there are still gay-friendly and gay-owned establishments that are safe and welcoming to LGBTQ couples and travellers.

La Kalenda Gay and Le Carbet Gay are both great places to stay, and they should be able to tell you about any upcoming gay events. Les Salines is also a beautiful beach where you can go topless or nude without being harassed. 

5. St. Barths

St. Barthelemy (aka: St. Barths) is located east of Puerto Rico and north of Guadeloupe. With a population of around 8,000 residents, St. Barths is home to many restaurants, shops, bars, hotels, and beaches.

Although St. Barts attracts many tourists, the real draw here is the gay community. In fact, St. Barts has long been considered the “gay mecca” of the Caribbean. Not surprisingly, there is some evidence that St. Barts’ reputation as a gay haven is increasing. St. Bart’s is one of the best places in the Caribbean to get married for same-sex couples as it offers privacy, intimacy, and romantic surroundings.

A romantic Caribbean wedding destination with tall palm trees, a clean swimming pool and the beach in the background

6. St. Martin/ St. Maarten

This is one of the most unique islands in the Caribbean, as it has both a French side, in the north, and a Dutch side, in the south. Both Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin have long had a gay-friendly reputation, with many private villas for rent and beaches and bars where gay and straight couples peacefully coexist. Same-sex marriage is legal here, that’s why many people from around the globe come here to get married.

In addition to being a popular tourist and wedding destination, St. Maarten features many cultures. The Dutch side of St. Maarten offers a lively nightlife scene, while the French side boasts gorgeous beaches and upscale shopping. Each culture brings its own unique flavor to the mix, offering visitors something new every day.

7. Saba

Saba Island became the first Caribbean island to legalize gay marriage after it passed legislation allowing same-sex couples to register their relationships with government agencies. It has many beautiful beaches that are perfect for weddings. 

The island also has a unique culture; its residents are very friendly and welcoming to tourists. It is considered safe to be gay on the islands, so people from around the world come here to get married.

8. Sint Eustatius

Sint Eustatius is a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea and is one of the Dutch Antilles. The Dutch island of Sint Eustatius is a popular wedding destination for same-gender couples, due to its liberal stance on marriage equality. 

It’s not only gay-friendly; this tiny island also offers a stunning natural beauty that makes for an unforgettable honeymoon. It is known as the “Pink Pearl” because of its beautiful pink sand beaches. It is well known and loved for its warm climate and relaxed vibe. 

9. Aruba

Aruba is a popular destination for gay weddings because of its gorgeous beaches, white sand, and warm weather. It’s also known as one of the most tolerant countries for gays and lesbians. Some of its main attractions include the ability to get married without having to worry about any legal issues, and the fact that there are no laws against same-sex marriage.

The most popular tourist attraction in Aruba is its famed beach fronts. These include Palm Beach, Sunset Beach, and Eagle Beach. Visitors often choose to stay near these areas because there are many hotels available. Many tourists also visit the city of Oranjestad to enjoy shopping at the duty-free shops located there.

The best Caribbean wedding destination with tall palm trees, clean shore, and clear water

10. Curacao

Curacao is a small island in the Caribbean Sea off the Venezuelan coast and is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is known for its friendly people and beautiful beaches. It also has an excellent reputation when it comes to hosting weddings. If you are planning a gay wedding on this island, you will be able to enjoy everything from tropical drinks with friends to romantic dinners at sunset.

With its rich artistic heritage and culture, it is a great place to spend some relaxing time. In Willemstad, you’ll find the cultural heart of Curaçao, the Landhuis Bloehof arts center and gallery, and the Gallery Alma Bloo museum. Outside of town, you can easily go on a hike or take a bike ride.

The Floris Suite Hotel is a unique and super picturesque location right on the beach with a great all inclusive resort option. It is an adults-only resort that regularly hosts gay events such as Curacao Pride and even holds a Gay Happy Hour in its rainbow lounge.


The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, and wonderful weather, there are plenty of things to do in each island paradise. Whether you want a beachside ceremony or a cultural experience, there are lots of options that offer a breathtaking wedding experience.

What is your dream wedding destination? Let us know at  [email protected].

a gay couple nearly kissing at their wedding


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