A travel agency has compiled a ranking of best countries for gay couples on honeymoon.
The Latin America Travel Company evaluated global destinations according to six LGBT-focused criteria, each graded out of five points, to determine a country’s LGBT Honeymoon Ranking.
No country scored the top mark of 30 points, but two came very close. Canada and New Zealand top the ranking, each of them scoring top marks for the criteria honeymoon popularity, LGBT travel friendly, marriage equality, forward thinking and romantic setting.
The ranking only included countries that have decriminalised homosexuality, which remains illegal in more than 70 countries or territories around the world.
No Asian country was included in the ranking, despite the recent decriminalisation of homosexuality in India, and only one country in the African continent, South Africa, made the list of best countries for gay couples on honeymoon.
Argentina topped the list for destinations in South America. “We were thrilled to see Argentina rank in the top 20,” commented the travel agency responsible for the ranking, which specialises in travels to Latin America.
“Argentina is one of the most picturesque countries in the world in terms of the number of natural assets around the country, and 81 percent of its residents reported feeling loved up,” it added.
Top best countries for gay couples on Honeymoon
Following Canada and New Zealand at the top of the rankings were Australia, Switzerland, Ireland and France.
The travel company notes that both Canada and New Zealand are known for their stunning natural landscapes but, in Canada, 81 percent of the population also reported “feeling loved up.”
Canada became the first non-European country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005.
Out of these countries, Switzerland has yet to recognise marriage equality, while Australia and Ireland both legalised same-sex weddings via referendums in 2017 and 2015 respectively. Same-sex weddings became legal in France and New Zealand in 2013.
Find below the best countries for gay couples on honeymoon according to their location and their score in the ranking.
Best countries for gay couples on honeymoon in Europe
- Switzerland, Ireland, France (27)
- Greece, Finland (26)
- Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Croatia, Portugal, Norway (24)
- Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Denmark, Sweden (23)
- Germany (22)
- Hungary (19)
Best countries for gay couples on honeymoon in North America
- Canada (29)
- USA (25)
- Costa Rica (21)
- Mexico (20)
Best countries for gay couples on honeymoon in South America
- Argentina (23)
- Ecuador, Uruguay (22)
- Chile (21)
- Colombia (20)
- Brazil (19)