Curaçao Celebrates Their First Gay Pride

CuraçaoThe week is over, but not forgotten, as hundreds of Curaçao visitors and residents celebrated the island’s very first Pride Week, September 25-29th, 2013. The Caribbean island of Curaçao has always been welcoming to the LGBT community with great accommodations, events and attitude, but Gay Pride Week took the island’s commitment to the LGBT community to another level.

Hundreds of people showed up at The White Affair event at the Floris Suite Hotel, host property of Curaçao’s first Pride Week, transforming the hotel into “Pride City” for the week. In addition, hotels and restaurants contributed with gourmet food and drinks in support of Pride Week. They included the Hilton Curaçao, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Kyoto Restaurant, Tempo Doeloe Restaurant, Pirate Bay, Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel and others.

There were also events at the Rainbow Lounge, neighborhood bar, Williwood, and after parties at The Gallery Lounge in Punda, with almost 700 people in attendance across all events.

Parties, street fairs and educational seminars rounded out what organizers called a very successful Pride Week. Curaçao encourages travelers to save the date and start planning for the South Caribbean Pride Week in Curaçao, Wednesday, April 30 to Monday, May 5, 2014. It is expected to be one of the biggest LGBT celebrations in the region.

Selected as one of The 10 Best Caribbean Snorkeling Spots’ for 2013 by FrommersFavorite Caribbean Destination’ for 2012 and 2013 in About.com Reader’s Choice Awards and a‘2012 Honeymoon Hot Spot’ by Condé Nast Traveler, Curaçao is a unique Caribbean island paradise, boasting 35 uncrowded beaches, and an eclectic mix of history and culture. Explore the vibrant, culturally diverse capital city of Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with its distinctive architecture, museums, monuments and world-class shopping. Indulge in Curaçao’s vast selection of flavorful restaurants, with a mix of sophisticated international and tasty local cuisines.

Discover Curaçao’s abundant natural beauty, pristine dive sites and spectacular snorkeling at secluded beaches. Curaçao offers idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt. To learn more about Curaçao please visit www.curacao.com, call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or download the newest information brochure at www.Curacao.com/brochure.

To learn more about Curaçao’s gay culture, visit www.GayCuracao.com for more information.