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Gay Puerto Rico and Vieques

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Gay Puerto Rico and Vieques

Hi - we are planning on travelling to Puerto Rico on 17/4/12 and staying at El Convento hotel in San Juan old town. We are from London and wondered if any American friends have any tips?

We are planning on going to Vieques for a few days too. Does anyone have any tips for places to stay or advice on the length of the trip?

We are a gay male couple in our 40s from London UK.

Thanks for any help

Steve and Chris

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Staying in Viejo San Juan it's good because you can walk in the old colonial city, do some shopping, restaurants to check out Barrachina (where the Piña Colada was born) and Parrot Club, Aguaviva and Dragonfly for modern take on latin cuisine and fusions. At night there's several bars in Old San Juan which are somewhat gay friendly but the crowd is mostly straight. Most of gay nightlife is in Condado and Santurce areas that are close from Viejo San Juan by car. Eagle, Krash, El Circo, Tía Maria, Hell and Heaven all this gay venues are close by car, so again, car is indispensable to get around. At day time the beach in front of Atlantic Hotel is gay spot for both local and tourists, other Condado beaches are gay-friendly. Condado, being a high-end area have a good amount of gay crowd both at day and night.

About Vieques, is a very quiet away from the spot municipality island, you get there by a ferry that goes from Fajardo's bay (east side of the island town). How much do you want to stay there it depends how much you enjoy doing nothing, Vieques is not known for having an active nightlife. Most locals go there with group of friends and/or family and camp in the beach or stay in hotels. So it's more about having a good time with your own group of friends that enjoy from the island amenities.

I hope this information been helpful.

Kind regards,

Francisco

Born and raised Puerto Rican, currently living in NYC.

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Hi, Steve & Chris;

Welcome to Trip Advisor!

We've overnighted at El Convento & would highly recommend it. It's a beautiful hotel on a lovely little street in OSJ. We haven't sampled the San Juan night life, however, as we always head *straight* to Vieques, so we suggest you take on board Francisco's advice.

Vieques is indeed a quiet destination, but that's the way we like it! It's all about the amazing beaches. It's a very gay-friendly island- has been for years- but there is no gay-specific nightlife-- indeed, no real nightlife to speak of at all! There is a nice gay-run guest house in the principal town of Isabel Segunda called Casa de Amistad.

http://www.casadeamistad.com/

Many visitors also choose to rent houses for their stay, and many are gay-owned or managed. One of the best parts of Vieques is that there are really no large resorts, the only exception being the relatively new W hotel.

You needn't take the ferry, and indeed it is experiencing real reliability issues these days. If you end up staying in Old San Juan, we'd suggest you fly on Vieques Air Link (VAL) from Isla Grande Airport (SIG) right near OSJ. It's closer and cheaper than flying from San Juan International (SJU).

We'd also suggest you visit the Vieques forum where we can answer all your questions about island life:

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g147326-i649-Isla_…

You may also want to check out our blog where we have posted about a few of our Vieques adventures. Check this one out, then search on the blog using the key word Vieques.

…blogspot.com/2011/04/postcard-from-vieques-…

Hopefully that helps. In addition to visiting the Isla de Vieques forum, please feel free to PM us if you have any other questions.

Cheers!

B&J

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4. Re: Gay Puerto Rico and Vieques

Thanks Francisco. Those tips are very much appreciated.

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Thanks very much Bruce and John - that forum is great.

Steve

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Puerto Rico is STILL an incredibly homophobic island, and gay people need to be aware of this and not be fooled by the beautiful scenery or tourist traps. NEVER travel alone, especially at night. And this is especially so if you are a very effeminate looking/acting male, or masculine looking/acting woman. Here is a story link about a young man who was killed in 2009 just for being gay, and in an incredibly brutal way in PR:

towleroad.com/2009/11/gay-puerto-rican-teen-…

Stay safe everyone, and please remember, some places are much less gay friendly than others, no matter how beautiful the scenery or hotels are.

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