Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of The Compass

4 More LGBTQ-Friendly Family Vacation Destinations

Qualifying your clients and ensuring they’ll be welcomed and comfortable in the destination they choose is incredibly important, especially for families with LGBTQ family members. Puerto Vallarta tops agents’ lists, and here are four more great, inclusive destinations for LGBTQ family travelers.

1. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is considered one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. For U.S. citizens, traveling to Puerto Rico is easy, especially for families, since you don’t need a passport to enter. And when you get there, there is so much to do. For nature-loving families, a visit to El Yunque National Forest is a must for hiking, ecology and a very important lesson in biodiversity and conservation.

FamilyVacationCritic.com named La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort on Condado Beach one of the best resorts for LGBTQ families not only because LGBTQ families will feel welcome there, but also because of the resort’s multi-level pool with waterfalls and one-bedroom suites.

2. Philadelphia

If your family travelers want to stay in the continental U.S., consider Philadelphia. Yes, we know it’s the “City of Brotherly Love” but it’s also gay-friendly with lots of family activities, perfect for kids who are into history. Historic landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Elfreth’s Hall plus the United States Mint will dazzle any history-buff-in-the-making. If your family travelers have really little kids, the Sesame Place theme park is just 30 minutes northeast of the city in Langhorne, PA.

3. Albuquerque

This southwest city is the “Ballooning Capital of the World” and hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, every October. But that’s not all there is to do there. With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, hiking, biking, the Sandia Mountains and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, located inside a collapsed crater, all give family travelers endless opportunities to get outside. Plus the ABQ BioPark, an environmental museum; the Wildlife West Nature Park, Hollywick Farms Alpacas and Petroglyph National Monument are all great options to keep families busy.

Albuquerque proudly celebrates diversity and has seven TAG Approved hotels, all of which are family friendly.

4. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the destination for active families. Plus it’s pretty socially progressive, and its focus on community welcomes all visitors, so LGBTQ family travelers will feel accepted and loved in this Central American destination.

Of course you can easily find a beach or beautiful patio to relax on, but if you’re on a family vacation, you’re going to have to find things to do. GayTravel.com lauds Costa Rica’s snorkeling, scuba diving, zip lining, hiking and more, plus the country’s may volcanoes, five of which are considered active.

Which destinations do you love for LGBTQ families? Tell us in a comment below.

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