Sunday, September 6, 2015

Gay Friendly Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a friendly island to gays and lesbians.  In San Juan there are many gay-friendly hotels, restaurants, and clubs.  The areas of Condado, Ocean Park, and Santurce are popular with the gay crowd.  The beaches at Condado and Ocean Park are also popular.  In Ocean Park you can find a number of guesthouses, like Coqui del Mar, gay owned and operated, and it is known for welcoming gays and lesbians from around the world.  In recent years the artsy area of Santurce has become popular.

San Juan's gay hotspots include: El Chinchorro, Scandalo, VIP, Tia Maria, Splash Lounge, Oasis Bar Tapas & Lounge, Angelu's, Circo, The Male Depot, and Krash Klub, which has occasional live music and drag shows.  For women, Airenumo Lounge, and Cups, which has live music and is a tropical bar.  In Old San Juan, near San Sebastian street, in the Hotel El Convento, The Café Bohemia, is another popular spot.

On the first Sunday, in June a gay pride parade takes place in Condado and is preceded by a week of events, and the annual San Juan Brothas gay parade, held each Memorial Day, is an annual highlight.

Other welcoming areas include the town of Ponce, in the south, Rincón in the west; and the island of Vieques in the east, however the local population in these areas, outside of San Juan, is more conservative.  Something to keep in mind, is that Puerto Rico is strongly Catholic and state laws are not as tolerant of homosexuality.  In San Juan and in small towns, displays of affection between same-sex couples can cause problems.


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