By Bad Seed
The towns of Quepos and Manuel Antonio are known as very gay friendly towns of Costa Rica, with a hand full of gay owned hotels and restaurants in the area. There’s not really any gay night life going on there other then the Tutu Bar (located above El Gato Negro) which has become more ‘straight friendly’ over the past few years, or the occasional gay party put on by one of the local gay hotels. Until recently, there was even a nude gay beach
known as ‘La Playita’ where gay travelers had been coming for years. The beach is still there, and locals are trying to keep it known as a gay beach, however getting naked is now done at your own risk and can mean an unpleasant experience with the local authorities. A new luxury hotel (Arenas Del Mar) has been built in the area just in front of the beach and since then, hotel staff are quick to call the cops anytime someone is seen relaxing nude on the beach.
(When visiting this beach as well as any place in Costa Rica make sure you carry a copy of your passport. Not just a copy of your photo page but a copy of the stamp showing when you entered Costa Rica. Without those copies you’ll guarantee yourself a trip to one of Costa Rica’s lovely jails.)