Want more expert tips and vacation inspiration? Subscribe to SmarterTravel on YouTube! Dreamy tropical vibes prevail across the Caribbean, where the people are as warm as the waves. But when it comes to LGBT-friendly Caribbean destinations, some islands are keener to roll out the rainbow welcome mats. As a region, the West Indies encompasses 13 independent nations; plus about a dozen more territories that are part of the United States, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
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The islands were, however, obliged after several court rulings to register any marriage including same-sex marriages registered in the Kingdom, but they do not have to give same-sex marriages the same legal effect as opposite-sex marriages. As marriage in the European territory of the Netherlands , as well as in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba also known as the Caribbean Netherlands  is open to any two people , marriages performed there have to be registered in the islands. Aruba has offered registered partnerships since October However, marriage certificates and other documents regarding civil status from everywhere in the Kingdom also from the European and Caribbean parts of the Netherlands must be accepted by the other constituent countries as a result of Article 40 of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands ,  and therefore registration of a same-sex marriage from the Netherlands is possible in all countries. Acceptance and registration of the same-sex marriage does not mean automatic equal treatment: if a facility e. When a facility, however, is also open to non-married couples, then same-sex couples must also be included based on non-discrimination rules.
MEALS & DRINKS
Each week, Yahoo Travel pits rival cities against each other to determine once and for all which destination is the best. This week, the challengers are two halves of the same island: Saint Martin. Both the French and the Dutch are convinced that their portion of the island is really the best place to visit, live, and play. The French side of Saint Martin is what island life is all about: a laid-back attitude, fine food, pristine beaches, unspoiled nature, and an appreciation for the finer things in life. We have culture, nature, French and local cuisine, outdoor fun, and, oh yes, topless beaches.
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