Top LGBTQ+ Friendly Family Holiday Destinations

We know that family travel always comes with more considerations than when traveling without kids, and as an LGBTQ+ family it is paramount you and your whole family will feel safe, comfortable and able to be yourselves.

LGBTQ Family Holidays

We have put together a list of some of the countries where we know our LGBTQ+ team members and guests have felt most comfortable traveling with their families, to help you decide where to go.

 

“For me, Traveling with Pride is about feeling safe to travel with my wife and daughter, not just to a resort, but to experience the sights and communities in a destination without feeling threatened or the object of scrutiny. It is about having the same freedoms and opportunities for experience that heterosexual families have.”

Alexandra, Scott Dunn Marketing Team

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Costa Rica

Famed for its relaxed and happy approach to life (encompassed by the pura vida national motto), Costa Rica is a fantastic choice for LGBTQ+ families. It was the first country in Central America to recognise same-sex marriage and also removed gender from ID cards in 2018. Embark on a fun-filled family adventure through Costa Rica's diverse landscapes, taking in wonderful wildlife, majestic volcanoes and beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventurous activities suitable for all the family, from lagoon boat trips to canopy walks and ziplining through the rainforest. Not to mention a stunning coastline of largely empty beaches, giving little ones plenty of space to splash about!

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Iceland

The Icelandic wilderness is the ideal playground for adventurous families and prides itself on being welcoming to all. It is deemed one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to gay rights and proudly boasted the world’s first openly gay head of government. It was among the first countries in the world to legalise same-sex marriage and to update adoption rights to create equality for same-sex couples. All of this makes it a country where LGBTQ+ families can travel with the freedom to be authentically themselves. Kids will love the endless activities, which range from snowmobiling to quad biking and even glacier hiking against some seriously spectacular backdrops.

Tram in Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal

Portugal is another popular choice with LGBTQ+ families, having legalised gay marriage in 2010 and generally priding itself on taking a progressive approach to sexuality and gender identity. Whether you want to explore the colorful cities, let the children run around in rural Alentejo or simply relax on a beach in the Algarve, Portugal is always a hit with families of all shapes and sizes. And if it’s beach you’re after, you can’t go wrong with our Scott Dunn Explorer’s Kids Club at Pine Cliffs. Our expert childcare team are second to none and will make sure your children feel right at home.

Morraine Lake, Canada
Canada

Leading the way in North America for LGBTQ+ rights, Canada was the third country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005. A family vacation here promises a warm embrace where all are welcome to explore this epic natural adventure playground. Take your family on an action-packed journey through the wide-open space of British Columbia. Enjoy the vibrant energy of Vancouver, let off steam in the dramatic mountain scenery of Whistler and embrace your wild side searching for whales and bears on Vancouver Island. Whether it’s a bicycle tour, white-water rafting or an exhilarating journey by seaplane, there's no shortage of adventure.

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
South Africa

If you’re looking to take the family on safari, South Africa really is the best option for LGBTQ+ families. It has always led the way when it comes to LGBTQ+ laws and acceptance within Africa and was the first African country (and fifth country worldwide) to legalise same-sex marriage in 2006. As such, it is a destination where families can feel entirely comfortable being themselves. Leave unnecessary worries behind and soak up the magic of safari through your children’s eyes. Canter into the wilderness on horseback, tick off the Big Five and stop for a picnic on top of Table Mountain. Your kids won’t want to come home, and neither will you!

Seville, Spain
Spain

Spain is one of our top picks for LGBTQ+ families looking to soak up the sun in Europe. It was the third country in Europe to legalise same-sex marriage, following the Netherlands and Belgium, and continues to put LGBTQ+ rights at the forefront of political discussions, including the 2023 election campaign. For families, it promises to be somewhere you can relax and be your true selves. Family is at the heart of Spanish culture, as you’ll notice while sitting out in the many squares eating dinner, children are always out having fun late into the evening. Whether you choose to soak up city life or head to one of the islands like Tenerife or Majorca, you’re sure to enjoy effortless family fun.

Father and Son walking in the Yosemite
California

California is seen as one of the most liberal states in the US in regard to LGBTQ+ rights and is one of our top picks for families looking to travel to America. Activities abound in this sun-soaked state. Take in all the highlights as you chase waterfalls in Yosemite, cycle over Golden Gate Bridge and hike the Hollywood Hills. Endless marine wonders await too; kayak with sea lions, spot whales and dolphins and explore tidal pools. If it takes your fancy, we can also arrange a VIP experience at Universal Studios, which is a wonderful day out for adults and kids alike. 

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