COSTA RICA – La Playita
Yes, there’s a gay (and clothing-optional) beach in Costa Rica, at Manuel Antonio, but you need to watch the tides carefully. Facing the water on the main beach at Playa Espadilla, turn right and walk about 20 minutes until you see a rock formation jutting into the water. The gay beach, La Playita, is on the other side, offering shady palm trees and a cooling waterfall. At low tide, it’s an easy walk between the boulders; at high tide, it’s dangerous and near impossible. Ask the locals, who pay attention to daily tides, when it’s safe to go, and when you’ll need to come back. Men and women welcome.