Gay Travel: What’s New in Turks and Caicos

Infiniti Bar. Grace Bay Resorts. Image via Grace Bay.

Infiniti Bar. Grace Bay Resorts. Image via Grace Bay.

There’s something so special about Turks and Caicos that some Americans visit here and never return home. This explains why almost two-thirds of the 40,000 residents in the country are expats—a huge number for any island in the Caribbean. Coming from all parts of the USA, expatriates are unarguably ubiquitous. Everyone is accepted here, including the LGBT community. Sure, the Caribbean is notorious for anti-gay incidents and attacks, but nothing significant has been reported in Turks and Caicos.

In Turks and Caicos, there’s no gay “scene,” but what makes the gay traveler so comfortable here is the fact there is a large expat community. It only reflects the islands’ acceptance of various cultures, personalities, lifestyles and diversity. It’s also one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, thanks to Grace Bay, a 12-mile stretch of sandy beach that’s also a national marine reserve. The entire beach is government protected. You won’t find roaring jet skis and a massive amount of booze cruises: it’s peaceful and quiet with rich colors of ocean, sand, and sky.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine. 

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