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Central America is Catholic and conservative. Public displays of same-sex affection are rare and considered somewhat shocking. There are some openly gay or lesbian bars in the bigger cities but most are rather low-key. Gay and lesbian travelers should choose their hotels with care, and be discreet in most public areas and situations.

Many agencies offer tours and travel itineraries to Central America that are specifically targeted at gay and lesbian travelers. Above and Beyond Tours (tel. 800/397-2681; www.abovebeyondtours.com) is the exclusive gay and lesbian tour operator for United Airlines. Now, Voyager (tel. 800/255-6951; www.nowvoyager.com) is a well-known San Francisco-based gay-owned and -operated travel service. Another well known agency is Olivia Cruises & Resorts (tel. 800/631-6277; www.olivia.com).

For more gay and lesbian travel resources visit Frommers.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.