A remote island away from the buzz of tourists, Okuklje gay travel is pure relaxation. Here’s wolfyy’s advice on things to do and Croatia LGBT safety.
Okuklje was the quietest and most serene stop during my sailing trip along the Croatian islands. I sailed with a group gay friends on an expedition from Dubrovnik to Split.
We spent one night in Okuklje and it was the most peaceful island we visited. We were likely the only gay travelers on the island from what we could tell, so we brought the party!
Okuklje on the other hand is paradise! The refreshing and absolutely crystal-clear water was perfect right off the harbor. I grabbed our eggplant-emoji float and took in some sun!
There is one main restaurant in the harbor called Konoba Baro. Even though there are few tourists on the island, still try to make a reservation. If you are planning to eat a larger more complicated dish for dinner, they usually appreciate knowing ahead of time what they should prepare.
The town may be small, but that hasn’t stopped lots of Okukle Airbnb rentals from popping up, ready to host tourists. Prices here are pretty affordable, too.
Try to take out cash in advance of coming to Okuklje. Although there is one ATM on the island, it did not work for all of my friends. Some of us needed to borrow cash from one another. The restaurant does not take credit cards unfortunately.
Croatia is so popular with European, Australian and American tourists, that prices are no longer considered “cheap.” Prices at most restaurants throughout the Croatian islands rival those of New York City or Paris.
Croatia provides a wealth of protections to the LGBT community, however gay life in Croatia for locals is not exactly easy. Most local Croatians keep their sexuality hidden from the public eye out of fear of discrimination. They do not usually express their identity openly. Hate speech has been on the rise against LGBT individuals and Serbs prior to 2017, according to reports compiled that year on the issue.
Croatia does defend all citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The country allows gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals to serve in the military. Changing legal gender is also legal.
A major downfall is that the Croatian constitution bans same-sex marriage. The country revised the constitution to define marriage as union solely between a man and woman. A 2017 Pew Research Study found that more than 60% of Croatians oppose same-sex marriage.
Gay rights gained more of a foothold in 2014, when Croatia passed the Life Partnership Act. The Life Partnership Act allows gay couples to receive the same legal benefits as heterosexual couples for just about everything except adoption rights.
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