Located just a short 2-5 hours flying time from the United States, Belize is rapidly becoming a top vacation destination for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Caves Branch Lodge is located in the heart of Belize‘s jungle region, the perfect place to enjoy great outdoor adventures. Founded by a Canadian who wanted to share the beauty and wonder of Belize with travelers from all walks of life, Caves Branch has proudly welcomed LGBTQ vacationers for more than 20 years.
Guests can stay in one of the resort’s iconic luxury tree house lodges complete with roof top decks, hot tubs, and private shower facilities. Caves Branch Lodge specializes in adventure tours, including nighttime safaris into the jungle, caving, zip lining, and the iconic sport of cave tubing where participants float down underground rivers on inflatable inner tubes.
The Lodge began life as a rustic riverside camp for adventure enthusiasts, but has since blossomed to become the premier jungle resort in the country. The resort has a lovely freshwater pool, recreation center, massage center, botanical gardens, and onsite restaurant that serves up a mouthwatering array of local and international foods sure to please even the pickiest palate.
Other popular activities enjoyed by guests of the Caves Branch Lodge include exploring ancient Maya sites like Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, picnicking at the base of a waterfall, spelunking the mysterious depths of a cave used by the ancient Maya to perform human sacrifices, and rappelling down cliffs through the jungle canopy.
Caves Branch Lodge also specializes in romantic vacations that include candlelit dinners under the stars.
Is Belize Gay Friendly?
Belize is largely a conservative and religious society, so there are no openly gay venues or entertainment facilities, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer visitors are valued guests at the Caves Branch Lodge. The founder of Caves Branch, Ian Anderson, has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights in the country, and every traveler is made to feel welcome at the Lodge.
Although public displays of affection between members of the same sex are still largely frowned upon, the LGBTQ+ community recently celebrated a decision by the Supreme Court of Belize that struck down the law which made homosexual acts illegal. Furthermore, Pride Week is celebrated in Belize, and activists have happily noted that there are widespread signs of increased tolerance and understanding of LGBTQ+ persons by all sectors of society.