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Gay and Lesbian Travel in Costa Rica

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

Ernesto's by Gecko Trail Adventures stands for excellence in service to the gay and lesbian (LGBT) community. 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.

Over the years more and more gay clients choose Gecko Trail Adventures to assist them with their travel needs. Many of our past gay clients will tell you one particular staff member, Ernesto, has gone above and beyond to make sure they had the best holiday experience Costa Rica could offer! Ernesto is dedicated to provide an exciting and diverse travel experience and will offer you the opportunity to discover Costa Rica's incredible variety of vacation destinations, based on your specific needs and interests.

Ernesto with his wide knowledge of Costa Rica's gay community is available to assist you with your individual questions and concerns. He is backed up by the full Gecko Trail Adventures team to provide first class customer service. Our constantly expanding network of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses throughout Costa Rica provides 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 the gay and lesbian traveler which includes the highlights of natural Costa Rica and gay hot spots. And 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 better suited to your interests and expectations.

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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

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.

It includes:
• Airport transfers (with standard hotel choice; may be extra with different hotel choices)
• Microbus Transportation to/from all destinations
• 3 (or more) nights of lodging at Colours Oasis Resort in San Jose (two on arrival, one on departure)
• 3 (or more) nights lodging in a King room at Hotel Villa Roca in Manuel Antonio
• Sail/Snorkel tour in Manuel Antonio
• 2 (or more) nights lodging at Silencio del Campo in Arenal
• Night tour to the volcano view point
• Entrance to and dinner at Tabacón Hotsprings and Resort
• Whitewater river rafting on the Pacuare River incl breakfast & lunch
• 2 (or more) nights lodging at Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo
• Breakfast daily at all standard hotels (other hotels may not include breakfast)
• All taxes
• GTA service charge

From $1200-1500 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.

$446 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).

Paul from London, UK     January 13, 2015

An excellent bespoke tour designed for us who had no idea what the wonders of Costa Rica were. A balanced trip with all the main sights and not filled with unnecessary trips. From landing in San Jose and departing 14 days later, every meet, tour and stay operated like clock work. Ernesto is a top agent and if you are LGBT trvaller and looking for a real expert look no further than Gecko

Michael Trovela from New York, NY USA     December 15, 2014

Thank you Ernesto and the rest of the Gecko Team for putting together a fabulous itinerary!

The bookings, from hotels to flights between San Jose, Arenal and Manuel Antonio, were handled efficiently. We especially loved our stay at La Maison in Manuel Antonio and the Volcano Inn in Arenal. Hotel staff were friendly and the tour guides were knowledgeable of the beautiful ecosystem.

I would definitely book with you guys again!

Kevin from Washington, DC, USA     July 20, 2014

We had Ernesto and he was fantastic in taking the ideas of what we wanted to do and the short time frame we had to do them and developing a plan for us to follow. Everything was organized for us and we have a clear itinerary to follow. We didn't have to worry about anything on our trip. Transportation, food, hotel, adventures, all covered and planned. We only had one hiccup with a hotel wanting payment, but they made a quick call to Gecko and it was handled in less than a minute. We had an unbelievable time in Costa Rica and it was in large part to Gecko Trail Adventures and the trip they put together for us.

Fraser Valentine from Ottawa, Canada     June 07, 2014

We used Gecko Trail to help us plan our first trip to Costa Rica. We chose the bi-coastal tour, and added a few extra days in the rain forest and on the beach on the Caribbean side of the country. It was great to spend about 10 days doing and seeing lots, and then hanging out in Puerto Viejo on the beautiful beach. We really enjoyed the bi-coastal tour, as you get a sense of the diversity of the country - the geography, the climate, and the people and architecture. Put simply, we had an amazing trip! Everything - and I mean everything - was perfect! Ernesto and his team pay attention to all the details; you arrive and the program just unfolds. Throughout our 15 days in Costa Rica, everything went off without any problems or issues - it was perfect. The country is beautiful, the people are friendly and warm, and the range of activities you can do is vast. It’s a great holiday. If Costa Rica is on your “bucket list;” make this the year you go, and make sure you book with Gecko. You’ll have a wonderful trip. We will be back for sure!!!

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 that was scheduled picked us up right on time! As a seasoned traveler that has been around the world, I have always been skeptical of working with travel agencies but Gecko definitely impressed me which says a lot! One of the things that impressed us the most was when we were on our actual trip and wanted to make adjustments, all we did was email them and they responded with the adjustments in a prompt manner, easy!

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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 well.

As far as what we did, liked, etc: -- we were in the country for 12 days:

San Jose : The Poas Vocano, Dakota Coffee Plantation, and la Paz Waterfall park -- This really was a wonderful excursion. It takes all day after being picked up at 7:30 AM. There were only 6 of us & the Guide (who was with us the entire day & spoke perfect English). We hit the Poas Volcano on a beautiful clear day - unusual according to the guide, or more like "lucky". It 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 beach. Then a second Nature Air flight to La Fortuna to visit Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Thermal Springs Resort and Spa. Finally a third flight Nature Air flight back to San José where I enjoyed the last few nights of my Costa Rican vacation.

Gecko Trail's staff's attention to detail ensured each and every connection was perfectly choreographed and each hotel reservation perfect. Ernesto even had cabs waiting for me when appropriate. How nice not have to worry about any details!

On my next trip to Costa Rica, I will definitely be using Gecko Trail Adventures again. Soon, very soon!

Thanks again Gecko Trail Adventures!

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 primarily spoke Spanish. In fact he really only spoke to one person so it didn't seem he was telling us much of anything about the nature and scenery we were passing. The second excursion (the Arenal Volcano Hike operated by PVT) was excellent. The guide was amazing at pointing out and explaining so much. Our group members were also quite fit so he took us on a longer more challenging hike. I gave him a big tip!

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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 company.

We arrived at Los Lagos Resort shortly after sunset. Again, thank you Ernesto. What a great place. The natural hot springs were heavenly to say the least. The room was really nice. We could see Arenal from the front terrace. The grounds and facilities were wonderful.

In San Jose we stayed at Casa 69. Nice place. Well kept and very friendly.

We went out on the town Tuesday night a found a wild scene at the local gay bars. Another surprise for sure.

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 (airport to hotel) as well as the Interbus shuttle system (shared shuttle with ~7 other people). Be forewarned that car travel in parts of CR can be rough/bumpy, since the road system is not as well-developed as in the States. Shared shuttle is a nice, cheap way to go, plus gives you the opportunity of meeting some other adventuresome travelers (in my case, mostly students, Europeans, those wanting to save a little money).

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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, friendly and eager to ensure we had a great time. In La Fortuna, the lovely, immaculately landscaped hotel El Silencio del Campo is a gem; each room is its own cabin, with a picture-book view of the volcano. And in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean, Banana Azul hotel is another terrific find: a 12-room B&B on well-tailored grounds with a
pool, open-air bar/restaurant and other amenities, all a stone’s throw from the ocean. Gecko Trail helped us experience so many of the wonders of this beautiful country without having to handle any hassles.

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