Vieques Island

A small island off the coast of another small island, this microcosm of leisurely splendor was developed to delight…in the niches where it was developed at all. Closed off by the U.S. Navy for over 60 years and used as a live weapons testing sites at the still unpopulated eastern tip, these lands are now reserved for wildlife. Eco-tourists will find the destination of their dreams in this unspoiled island of deserted beaches—named among the top 25 in the world by TripAdvisor in recent years—and bioluminescent bays. In fact, the one here is considered the best example of one in the United States, and is listed as one of only five national natural landmarks in all of Puerto Rico.

Another accolade this destination has won by popular vote is a title among one of the top gay-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. A healthy LGBT population here has given rise to gay-owned businesses that are beloved by all, regardless of sexual preferences, leading to convivial scenes of carefree mingling. After all, how can anyone not feel warm, relaxed, and ready to make friends in this laid-back and gorgeous destination? The sound of the waves on the shore is the sound of stress and judgment washing away.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Bannanna’s in Esperanza and Roy’s Café in Isabelle Seguna popular gay gathering places
  • Rising in popularity for gay destination weddings
  • 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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W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

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Vieques is one of the islands of Puerto Rico. When booking land and air to Vieques, the final destination must be Vieques Airport (VQS), not Luis Munoz Marin International Airport San Juan (SJU). Transfers are provided by the hotel from the Vieques Airport (VQS) to the hotel.

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