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Gay and Lesbian Travel in Costa Rica

Travelling is our passion and we'd love to share it with you.

If you are looking for excitement and an alternative experience in Central America's most open and gay-friendly country, make Costa Rica your next destination.

Gecko Trail Adventures is dedicated to providing an exciting and diverse travel experience. We offer you the opportunity to discover Costa Rica's incredible variety of vacation destinations, based on your specific needs and interests. This effort includes a special service to the gay and lesbian (LGBT) community.

Our team of specialized agents, with knowledge of Costa Rica's gay community, is available to assist you with your individual questions and concerns. With our constantly expanding network of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses throughout Costa Rica, we provide the most up-to-date information regarding any issues and concerns our gay and lesbian visitors to Costa Rica may have.

We've prepared The Bi-Coastal: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Caribbean specifically for gay or lesbian traveler which includes the highlights of natural Costa Rica and gay hot spots.

Or, we can customize any of our Costa Rica packages with gay owned or gay-friendly hotels. All these packages are self-guided and can be booked here directly starting any date you like. If you prefer an even more individualized travel experience, we will be happy to create a customized itinerary perfectly suited to your interests and expectations.

We have worked with many gay and lesbian travelers and helped them experience exactly what they were looking for in their vacation to Costa Rica. Providing our clients with the best service possible is our main goal.

Let Gecko Trail Adventures make Costa Rica easy for you!

See our listing on the Costa Rica Gay Map.

Gay and Lesbian Packages

We work with gay owned and operated hotels (as well as many gay friendly ones) all over Costa Rica and can customize any of our trips for you.

The Bi-Coastal: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Caribbean

Our 11 day / 10 night Bi-Coastal Tour offers you the Best of Coast Rica, taking you from the majestic Pacific Coast, inland, to the awe-inspiring slopes of Arenal Volcano, and on to the pristine shores of the Caribbean. We have designed this package with you in mind. The standard hotels offered are either exclusively gay or gay-friendly. Your days are filled with exciting tours as well as time for relaxation.

From $1385 USD p/p (double)More InfoBook It

Although it isn't specifically tailored to GLBT clientelle, another package popular with gay couples who want a gay friendly environment in which to enjoy a romantic getaway is our Romance & Adventure package. Just let us know if you have questions about the hotels or other providers we use and their experience with gay and lesbian clients:

Romance & Adventure

On your honeymoon or just want to feel like you are? We've put this special package together for couples (or friends who just want to be pampered together).

It includes:
• Transportation from San Jose or Arenal to Puerto Viejo
• 3 (or more) nights accommodations at your choice of one of our many great hotel options on the Caribbean Coast
• Couples massage with two therapists and side-by-side tables (or separate treatment rooms if you prefer) at the famous Pure Jungle Spa
• Dinner for two at local favorite Stashu's Con Fusion including wine
• Your choice of Canopy/Zipline tour (nothing like a little adrenaline to get the juices flowing) or a Animal Rescue Centre/Chocolate Lady/Waterfall combo tour
• Rafting Trip down the Pacuare River including lunch
• Transportation at end of trip to San Jose or Arenal
• Breakfast daily (most hotels)
• Optional accommodations in San Jose or Arenal before or after your trip if you like.

$432 USD p/p (double)More InfoBook It

Looking for something else?

Fill out our travel inquiry form and and we'll work out a custom package that exactly meets your needs!


Lots of gay travelers have traveled with us and you'll find what they have to say about us below or check out all the comments on our comments page.

And check out our trip reports page where some of our clients, including a number of our gay clients, have taken the time to share all the details or their trip and what they liked (or didn't like).

Maddox from Dallas, TX, USA     March 09, 2014

Ernesto planned an absolutely fantastic 10 day trip to Costa Rica for me. I stayed in Manuel Antonio, Monteverde and La Fortuna. Each of the accommodations that he selected were just what I was hoping for. The tours that he suggested were excellent and overall, the trip was a DREAM VACATION! I can't wait to go back! Thank you Ernesto

Ken from NYC, USA     September 03, 2012

without a doubt, gecko trail adventures planned an amazing, custom trip for me and my partner. We started our planning a few months before our trip in may, our trip was in August. We worked directly with Ernesto who was nothing short of amazing in response and suggestions. He made everything so easy via email catering to all our questions and whim. It definitely helped that he was american and had that perspective as he definitely knew what we would like and what we wouldn't. When it came down to the actual trip, everything went down absolutely flawless from start to finish. Every single tour, bus, transport Show more

Tim & Dave from El Cerrito, Ca     October 05, 2011

We worked a couple of months with Ernesto - Gecko Travel's Rep. He was very patient with us as we worked through all alternatives for the locations we *thought* we wanted to travel to and the various adventures offerred at each location. We were very concerned about the methods of traveling (intracountry buses and taxi's) and about actually having people meeting us when they said they'd be there. Rest assured - it was incredibly smooth. Every time someone was to meet us they were there - on time or even early a couple of times! There is "system" they use specifcially set up for us tourists and worked incredibly Show more

Steve & Phil from Florida USA     May 14, 2011

We had a excellent time on our 25th anniversary. Gecko made it happen without any flaws. Would highly recommend anyone use them for their trip. Ernesto was the best. Loved Costa Rica and the people. Will be back with friends.

Stephan Wininger from Nashville, TN USA     April 18, 2011

Don't hesitate to utilize Gecko Trail's talented and professional staff to plan every detail of your Costa Rican vacation!

Everything went flawlessly and I could not be happier with all they did on my behalf to ensure a wonderful vacation. I highly doubt any other agency could be more informed or helpful.

Ernesto's patience and prompt responses to each and every question during the planning phase of my two week vacation was comforting and most reassuring.

Once I arrived in San José, I immediately took a regional Nature Air flight to San Manuel/Quepos for a week at the Show more

Brian from Chicago     March 15, 2011

I arranged my entire trip through Gecko based on feedback from friends that had used them before. It took about a month of working with them, looking into their advice and some research on my own but I basically had my entire trip booked via Gecko before I went. Everything was as smooth as could be and I enjoyed the trip immensely.

Some MUSTS are Tabacon if you are in Fortuna and the zip line canopy tour in Monteverde. Relaxing on the beach in Manuel Antonio was also very nice.

I only had 1 small problem on the trip with confusion at one hotel whether breakfast was included. It only took one quick email to Gecko and they resolved it with the hotel. It was the hotel's mistake.

Highly recommend Gecko to help plan a fun trip to CR!!

M Waugh from Canada     March 07, 2011

We used Gecko to help plan our trip. We provided them with the places we wanted to go and what we wanted to see ..... we had a hassle free vacation and amazing two weeks in Costa Rica. I have already recommended this firm to others. Thanks guys for making our vacation so special.

Brian from New Jersey     March 07, 2011

Our 10 night custom vacation was spectacular thanks to Ernesto at Gecko putting it all together. Out trip included 4 cities: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal and Santa Ana. We had a mix of active days and others for relaxation so we reutrned home refreshed. The only suggestion I would make for those who can pack light (<40 lbs) and afford it is to fly between destinations rather than take the tourist vans. These trips can be between 4 and 5 hours with air taking about 30 minutes.

David from Winnipeg, Canada     February 22, 2011

My trip went really well. All the details planned by you at Gecko went flawlessly. A couple comments to keep in mind when you are dealing with other tourists follow:

1. The Arenal Volcano area is quite beautiful with great hiking and other activities available, but don't expect to see the top of the volcano as it is almost always cloud covered.

2. Of my two excursions on my full day in the Arenal area, the first one (the horseback ride to the La Paz Waterful operated by Desafio) was very scenic and nice, but I was the only English speaking person on the three-person tour so the guide Show more

Tim and Robrt from Portland     January 07, 2011

First of all Ernesto at Gecko Trail, you are awesome!!!! Everything was wonderfully coordinated and the accommodations, activities, tour companies and guides were exceptional.

Or time at Banana Azul passed quickly. We would highly recommend BA. The place is magical. We thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations and the great staff. The grounds are amazing to say the least. The food was top notch and we loved the bar and open lobby.

The white water rafting trip is a must! Ricky, Miguel and the other guides were all professional and really fun. We would highly recommend this guide Show more

Ed from St. Louis, MO USA     January 07, 2011

Found Gecko Trail Adventures through a Google search for gay-friendly travel. Any reservations I had about booking every aspect of my travel in Costa Rica with a company I was not familiar with was immediately put aside. Mauricio was my agent at Gecko and did an amazing job of recommending various hotels and activities. Considering how many times I had to change my itinerary in the months before my trip, I am indebted to him for 1) keeping me organized 2) making all the hotel, transport and activity arrangements for me 3) being incredibly responsive to my questions. My transports included private driver in San Jose Show more

Novid & Matt     May 17, 2010

Thanks to Gecko Trail Adventures, my partner and I had a wonderful, worry-free week in Costa Rica. We simply sent Gecko Trail an e-mail describing the kind of vacation and activities we wanted (both adventurous and relaxing), and Nina set up everything: the hotels, the tours, the shuttle vans. She responded to all our e-mailed questions promptly, thoroughly and kindly. The shuttle vans always arrived right on time, and without fail the tour guides—whether for the hike around Arenal Volcano, the rain-forest hike to Rio Celeste, whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River or snorkeling in the Caribbean—were knowledgeable, Show more