Gay Country Rank: 99/193
Cuba is one of the most open minded Caribbean islands, and indeed is considered safe for same sex couples and transgender travellers. Cuba is generally a safe and non-violent country, having been awarded the title of Safest Travel Destination in 2018, and in general is more tolerant than most other Latin American and Caribbean countries. lgbtq+Q+ travellers will find that they can be open with locals about their sexuality during their travels in Cuba. Although it's fine to openly travel as a couple, Cuban society is still socially conservative and public displays of affection between same-sex couples are rare.
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Popular Gay Events and Venues in Cuba
- El Mejunje, Santa Clara: El Mejunje in Santa Clara is a legendary cultural center known for its inclusive atmosphere and support of the lgbtq+Q+ community. It hosts various events, including drag shows and lgbtq+Q+ rights discussions, and has been a safe space for decades. More about El Mejunje.
- Havana Gay Pride: Havana's annual lgbtq+Q+ pride event is a significant celebration in Cuba's capital. It features a vibrant parade, live music, and various activities that showcase the diversity and inclusivity of the Cuban lgbtq+Q+ community.
- Varadero Beach: While not an event or venue per se, Varadero Beach is a popular destination for lgbtq+Q+ tourists in Cuba. Its resorts and beaches offer a welcoming and open environment.
- Santiago de Cuba: The city's annual Carnival is known for its inclusive atmosphere, where the lgbtq+Q+ community is particularly visible and celebrated.
Popular Gay Bars and Hotspots in Cuba
- El Mejunje, Santa Clara: A legendary cultural center in Santa Clara, El Mejunje is known for its inclusive atmosphere and support of the lgbtq+Q+ community. It hosts various events, including drag shows and lgbtq+Q+ rights discussions, making it a significant venue in Cuba's gay scene. More about El Mejunje.
- Cabaret Las Vegas, La Habana: one of Cuba's oldest bars and entertainment venues, is government-run and located in Voodoo, Havana, a short walk from Humboldt 52. This bar is home to Divino, one of Cuba's most successful drag acts. The show usually starts at 11pm every night and there's dancing, comedy skits and drag shows, so it's not one you'll miss!
- CruiseBar Yumbo: Although not located in Cuba, CruiseBar Yumbo is noted for its events that attract international visitors, including those from Cuba. It's known for its lively atmosphere and diverse crowd. More about CruiseBar Yumbo.
- Varadero Beach: While not a club or a specific hotspot, Varadero Beach is a popular destination for lgbtq+Q+ tourists in Cuba. Its resorts and beaches offer a welcoming and open environment.
- Havana's Gay Bars and Clubs: Havana, as the capital city, hosts various gay-friendly bars and clubs, with a growing number of venues catering to the lgbtq+Q+ community. The city's nightlife offers a range of options for the gay community.
Recommended Gay-friendly Hotels in Cuba
- Gran Muthu Rainbow Hotel, Cayo Guillermo (Gay-Friendly): This is the first lgbtq+Q+ hotel in Cuba, offering an exclusive, welcoming environment for the community. Check Availability and Prices
- Hotel Saratoga, Havana (Gay-Friendly): An upscale hotel in Havana that is popular with gay travelers, known for its elegant design and central location. Check Availability and Prices
- Blau Varadero Hotel (Gay-Friendly): This hotel is recognized for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service, making it a great choice for lgbtq+Q+ visitors. Check Availability and Prices
- Hotel Los Jazmines, Viñales (Gay-Friendly): Offering stunning views of the Viñales Valley, this hotel is a peaceful retreat that welcomes lgbtq+Q+ guests. Check Availability and Prices