Don’t be deceived by this destination’s seemingly monochromatic nickname of “La Ciudad Gris”—beautiful beaches and a colorful history lend plenty of vibrancy to Humacao. Punta Santiago, Buena Vista, Punta Candelero, and El Morillo lead in coastal attractions while the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao leads in producing many of the island’s most skilled undergraduate-level microbiologists, marine biologists, wildlife biologists, and chemists. This dedication to science becomes even more pronounced in Cayo Santiago, a small island that hosts one of two field stations of the Caribbean Primate Research Center. There, 800 direct descendants of the original 409 Rhesus monkeys imported from India roam about. Take a peek at these primates with an exclusive visit, or cruise around it and snorkel nearby.

An astronomical observatory also provides an opportunity to view the wondrous world above us, but if you’d rather be a part of the one around us, take a trip across the water to nearby Vieques Island, one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the Caribbean, and home to many members of the LGBT community. To the north, the El Yunque Rain Forest bring out the wild side of the island, and beyond lies San Juan, the lively and gay-friendly capital of Puerto Rico.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Easy to get to notably gay-friendly Vieques Island
  • Not far from San Juan, which features a lively, active, and out gay scene
  • American civil rights laws forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, public transportation and facilities, business transactions, and housing

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