Of all the Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico is one particular of the most accepting and LGBTQ-friendly destinations. As an unincorporated territory of the United States, identical-sex marriage has been legal considering the fact that 2015. And with more than 3 million inhabitants, Puerto Rico has a lot of gay and lesbian activities, bars, and attractions for guests to very easily find out. There are even two various pride parades every year on the island!
Most of Puerto Rico’s gay bars and LGBTQ activities take place in San Juan—Puerto Rico’s capital city. Simply because of its big, urban population and its a lot of gay neighborhoods, it is one particular of the finest components to take a look at for LGBTQ travelers.
Simply because of Puerto Rico’s Catholic traditions & history, the massive cities are in all probability the safest and most comfy hotspots for gay travelers and LGBTQ locals alike. But other components of the island, such as Cabo Rojo on the west, and the Vieques island off the eastern coast are also common LGBTQ destinations.
9 Gay & LGBTQ Factors to Do in Puerto Rico
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1. Keep at the LGBT-owned Coqui del Mar
This boutique guest residence (which is also 420-friendly) is positioned in the Ocean Park neighborhood of San Juan, one particular of the handful of a lot of gay neighborhoods of San Juan. Simply because Coqui del Mar is LGBT-0wned, it is a good location to start off a Puerto Rico gay trip.
The Coqui del Mar has studio and totally-furnished vacation apartments with all your vital hotel amenities, plus some! Totally free wifi, totally free parking, totally free bike rentals, flat-screen TVs, complete kitchens, an outside BBQ grill out there to guests, two swimming pools, and a hot tub! The vibrant decor of the home and friendly employees on web-site, plus its place in Ocean Park, make it a good option for travelers hunting for a multi-day remain to actually find out San Juan.
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two. Check out in the course of San Juan Pride at Condado
Usually the initial weekend of June, San Juan’s annual pride festival, San Juan Pride, is a weekend of parties, particular events, and shows. San Juan’s gay bars along Calle Condado all place on their personal parties and events, but the beach clubs at Condado Beach (such as Atlantic Beach Hotel and Oasis Bar) also host afterparties following the parade.
Following Condado Pride in San Juan, the Cabo Rojo Pride festival requires location the second weekend of June. Through the Cabo Rojo Pride, the sleepy beachside town turns into a weekend of parties, a good comedown from Condado’s pride the weekend prior to!
Parties in the course of San Juan’s Pride generally start off the Thursday prior to the Sunday-parade. This year, there’s even a Naked Gay Weekend event—a clothes optional weekend with pool parties & more—during San Juan Pride (see much more under).
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three. Attempt your luck at Drag Bingo & win sex toys
San Juan’s most common gay bar is Circo Bar—a raucous gay club on Calle Condado. It is really common with vacationers, but do not be concerned simply because locals show up, as well!
Circo Bar hosts Ru Paul’s Drag Race viewing parties and is specifically common on weekends for their late-evening dancing with some of the city’s top rated DJs, but Thursday nights are also a fantastic evening to take a look at. Just about every Thursday, Circo Bar hosts Drag Bingo in the course of which you can win sex toys and other enjoyable points. With each drink obtain, you get a bingo board so the earlier you show up and the much more drinks you get, the much more possibilities to win you have got!
Drag Bingo is hosted in each English and Spanish so it is good for tourists—and a enjoyable chance to hang with locals.
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four. Celebration Thursday nights at the queer student clubs
The Eleanor Roosevelt district is a small additional south than the other San Juan gay neighborhoods of Condado, Santurce, and Ocean Park, but each Thursday evening it comes alive with the city’s LGBTQ population. Simply because of the really low-priced drink bargains on give, and the lively street life, it is specifically common with San Juan’s a lot of university students. The bars of El Cojo, A Pedir De Boca, and La Esquina de Polo are all on the identical corner of Avenue Eleanor Roosevelt and Calle 12 de Octubre.
Every of the bars spills out on the streets—especially in the course of fantastic weather—and the low-priced drinks make them good spots to start off a evening out, about 9 or 10pm prior to heading to other club nights. The bar on the corner, also labeled Flavor’s, is specifically common with lesbians.
These are quite nearby gay & lesbian bars, and simply because you are a bit additional out from the central San Juan neighborhoods, you may possibly not uncover a lot of vacationers in the location. It is a actually social vibe with lots of enjoyable pop and dance hits on the smaller dance floors the great chance to meet locals.
five. Do not miss Naked Gay Weekend!
Coqui del Mar guesthouse is hosting Puerto Rico’s initial Naked Weekend from May well 30 to June three, 2019—the identical weekend as San Juan’s annual pride festival. The gay-owned guest residence is the finest location to remain in the course of San Juan Pride for its clothes-optional pool and planned parties & events taking location at sunset every day in the course of Pride.
There will be a BBQ Pool Celebration with reside DJs and more gay tour activities planned in the course of the daytime. A welcome mixer, tropical brunch, and other amenities will be on give in the course of Naked Weekend.
Book direct at Coqui del Mar in the course of San Juan Pride to have access to all their pride parties, such as the Naked Weekend events.
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six. Devote Sunday on the Gay Beach in San Juan
In San Juan, there are two most important gay beaches. The most common is Atlantic Beach in Condado which is specifically gay each Sunday just after 11am. Groups of mates, LGBTQ households, and vacationers flock to the beach each Sunday.
San Juan’s other gay beach is at Ocean Park Beach in front of the Numero Uno Guesthouse. It can be a bit cruisey late on weekend nights, according to Coqui del Mar’s employees. Outdoors of San Juan, a naturist beach is about 40 minutes west at Cueva las Golondinas.
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7. Love tiki cocktails at Jungle Bird
San Juan’s gay neighborhood of Santurce is one particular of the most lively and energetic spots in the city. It is a gay-friendly location with a lot of bars and clubs taking more than the streets round La Placita square turning it into a pedestrian-only zone. Street meals, salsa dancing, and low-priced drinks are the norm here—and it is really crowded!
But just about the corner from La Placita is the super hipster Jungle Bird tiki bar. The enjoyable and funky atmosphere, and elaborate cocktails, make it a comfy escape from the street bustle. An outside patio tends to make it specifically common with groups of mates. It is one particular of San Juan’s finest cocktail bars.
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eight. Celebration at San Juan’s gay bars & clubs each weekend
San Juan’s gay nightlife is a lot of enjoyable, and most of it takes place Friday and Saturday nights along Calle Condado in the gay neighborhood. Circo Bar runs late each weekend and attracts some of the most significant crowds as the evening ends, so to really get pleasure from San Juan’s nightlife, start off elsewhere and finish your evening at Circo.
Across type Circo, you will uncover VIP—a smaller sized gay club, and just about the .corner is the SX Club. In the basement, SX is a stripper and go-go club that often charges a cover. Bring money for strategies.
Outdoors of Condado, The Bear Tavern is just off the hipster street of Calle Loiza (exactly where you will uncover a lot of diverse restaurants and bars). Catering to bears, The Bear Tavern hosts drag shows and crowds are normally hanging out on their front patio most nights of the week.
For existing gay club and gay nightlife listings, verify with locals. There are not a lot of sources, sadly, but I discovered staying at a gay guesthouse helped point me in the proper path for the finest areas to celebration.
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9. Catch an option queer evening at El Nearby
1 of the coolest nightlife spots in San Juan is the El Nearby bar in the Santurce neighborhood. It is one particular of the most LGBTQ-inclusive spaces with weekly drag shows (such as drag kings) and occasional karaoke. It is a trns-friendly space with low-priced drinks in a hipster dive setting. It feels a lot like attending a residence celebration, created even much more realistic simply because or the mismatched furnishings and glass situations displaying LGBTQ items for sale.
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Puerto Rico is a good gay location. It is been common with LGBTQ travelers for years, thanks to its proximity to the mainland USA with inexpensive flights, and a wealthy Latin culture. The beaches, a lot of gay bars, and friendly locals make it even much more welcoming.
For much more travel strategies about Puerto Rico, see my photographs from San Juan, Puerto Rico.