The Caribbean conjures visions of lazy days lying on pristine beaches, cocktails in hand and not a care in the world. But for the LGBT community, the Caribbean's tropical paradise can sometimes be marred by anti-LGBT laws and homophobic attitudes.
Fortunately, some islands in the Caribbean are keen to roll out rainbow welcome mats for LGBT travelers. As a region, the Caribbean includes 13 independent nations as well as territories of France, the Netherlands, and the United States - so laws and attitudes towards homosexuality vary widely across the West Indies.
This is why it's important to research your destination carefully before booking a trip to the Caribbean. It can be difficult to identify which island is the most gay-friendly Caribbean island, but we've rounded up some of the best Caribbean islands that are especially welcoming to LGBT visitors.
When it comes to the most gay-friendly Caribbean island, few do it better than the self-governed Dutch island of Curacao, which is not only tolerant but also a popular destination for LGBT tourists. As one of the Caribbean's most multi-cultural societies, Curacao is a melting pot that demonstrates embracing diversity can be more than just lip service. In contrast, Barbados is one of the most homophobic islands in the Caribbean and a place where LGBT visitors can still wind up with life sentences for being gay (although this may be changing under new leader Mia Mottley). This is why Curacao is at the top of our list of the most gay-friendly Caribbean islands.