Curacao Gay Pride 2016 - Curacao Gay Scene

Celebrating Gay Pride in the Dutch Caribbean

Curacao
photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

In the relatively conservative Caribbean, few islands have developed reputations as gay travel havens, but Curacao - a nation since 2010 that was before that, until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles - has for several years developed into a highly gay-welcoming tropical getaway. This island nation of about 150,000, which lies just off the northern coast of Venezuela, has steadily developed a GLBT following among both Dutch nationals and those from other parts of Europe and North America.

The island also has created Curacao Gay Pride, which is held over several days in late September in the capital city of Willemstad - it's now in its fourth year, and the dates for 2016 are September 26 through October 2.

Curacao Gay Pride comprises several days' worth of events, including a Pride Opening Event at Wilhelmina Park on Monday, September 26, and parties the next day, Tuesday, at the Water Club Bar and Lounge inside the chic, gay-friendly Floris Suite Hotel - this swanky property is the host hotel of Curacao Gay Pride.

The big day of Curacao Gay Pride is Saturday, October 1, when the Curacao Sea Pride Parade is held at noon. Then later in the day, from 9 pm until 2 am, there's a party held poolside back at the Floris Suite Hotel. This is followed on Sunday by a daytime Closing Pride Pool Party at Saint Tropez Oceanclub.

Curacao Gay Resources

Curacao has plenty going on during Pride Week. Check the useful website GayCuracao.com for more on the island's LGBT scene. Also be sure to check out the excellent travel website produced by Curacao Tourist Board, which has plenty of information on where to stay, eat, and play on this sunny, friendly island. Also very useful is Robert Curley's About.com Curacao Travel Guide, which has tons of useful details about this island nation.