San Juan

One of the best things about taking a vacation in Puerto Rico is that you can leave your passport at home, but what’s even better is that you can also leave all artifice behind as well. An epicenter of gay activity on the island, its many LGBT-geared bars and clubs make for a thriving scene, from the recently-opened Circo for males to the Airenumo Lounge, a favorite of lesbian locals and visitors alike. Urban Condado in Santurce, east of the historic city center, is where you’ll find the most vibrant gay scene as well as discos, casinos, and incredible resorts…but its beaches are where you’ll find the tropical escape you came for. 

Attractions are far from restricted to those catering exclusively to the LGBT community, however. Cross Dos Hermanos Bridge from this elite “new” San Juan to stride along the blue cobblestone, 16th century forts, and European architecture of Old San Juan. Head over to Ocean Park to swim and surf by wave or by kite—among other beaches. It’s this combination of seaside life, urban pizzazz, colonial charm, and freedom to simply be that has made this destination one that so many have fallen in love with.

 

Good to Know

  • Active, lively, and out gay scene centered around Condado
  • Highlights also include the Atlantic Beach Hotel & Bar’s weekly drag show and clubs like Eros
  • American civil rights laws forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, public transportation and facilities, business transactions, and housing

Featured Resorts:

InterContinental San Juan Resort

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Deluxe oceanfront resort on two miles of white sandy beach on Isla Verde. Premier location, with excellent access to major shopping and sightseeing areas. Within 5 minutes from San Juan International Airport and 15 minutes historic Old San Juan.

Verdanza Hotel

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The Verdanza Hotel is a beautiful, modern and unexpectedly stylish hotel perfectly located just steps away from one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico, Isla Verde Beach, and with easy access to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Multiple themed restaurants, 2 fully appointed ballrooms, 8 meeting rooms with WI-FI as well as high speed internet access, excellent catering services, an outside free form pool with sun deck, open air seating overlooking this beautiful outdoor ...

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

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One of San Juan's newest urban resorts, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino is located in a superb location minutes from the airport, historic Old San Juan, convention center, and across the way from the Pan American Cruise Terminal, home to Royal Caribbean and other major cruise lines. The comfortable & contemporary design, impressive 57,000 square feet of pool and sun deck overlooking the Bay of San Juan, rejuvenating spa, pulsating Las Vegas-style casino and the re ...

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