Why It’s Hot: This eclectic, culture-rich Dutch Caribbean island has a laid-back “live and let live” philosophy, making it a welcome spot for gay couples. Plus, its position below the hurricane belt means year-round sun. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the island’s charming capital, Willemstad, is worthy of an afternoon stroll. Go snorkeling or diving, or explore Curacao’s world-famous underwater life in the Curasub, a sleek mini-submarine that takes you up to 1,000 feet below the sea’s surface to reveal gorgeous coral, shipwrecks and exotic fish. For a night on the town, try a candlelit dinner at Bistro le Clochard in the historic Rif Fort.
Where to Stay: The luxe beachfront Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina offers a complete escape on the picturesque Santa Barbara plantation. With three chic outdoor pools, waterfront restaurants offering white-sand views and an 18-hole golf course, there’s not much reason to leave the compound if you don’t want to (from $163, Curacao.Hyatt.com).
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