Why go: In a culture that reveres children and families, LGBTQ families are treated no differently than others. What to know: The 13 colorful towns of the Amalfi Coast perch above azure oceans—though some are more visited than others. Less-expensive Praiano is perfect for families. Hop on the convenient local buses to sightsee, let the kids scramble over the rocks at sand-less Marina de Praia beach, and follow a tour guide through the vast grounds of nearby Pompeii. End the day with fresh-caught seafood and pasta, sangria for the adults, and gelato for all.
It’s a great big world out there, and as gay families continue to grow in number—about 3 million children in the United States have an LGBTQ parent—so does the list of places welcoming them with open arms.
Many global destinations are even planning specific programs to take advantage of the growing gay family travel market, says a recent study by the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA). Just in time, since the vast majority of gay families say a place’s perceived acceptance is “very important” in choosing where to vacation.
And for good reason: More than 70 countries criminalize same-sex relationships and anti-LGBTQ attitudes prevail in many others. Checking the inclusiveness of a destination’s laws and policies is a good place to start, but it can be hard to know whether lack of discrimination means a truly welcoming atmostphere. Here are our recommendations for the best places to visit with LGBTQ families.
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