LGBTQIA+-friendly adventures in Puerto Rico

LGBTQIA+-friendly adventures in Puerto Rico

As a U.S. territory in the heart of the Caribbean, this enchanting island beckons with its historic charm, sun-kissed beaches, and rich cultural tapestry. Puerto Rico stands out not only for its accessibility to stateside travelers but also for its open arms to LGBTQIA+ visitors, making it a top pick on many travel wish lists.

Discover the welcoming embrace of Puerto Rico through the eyes of local entrepreneur Rob Villacres, co-owner of Coqui del Mar Guesthouse and Puerto Rico Gay Tours, along with his husband Vianney Le Parquic. Villacres affirms the island's remarkable inclusivity, citing federal regulations and local laws that protect the LGBTQIA+ community from discrimination. "Puerto Rico has made us feel safe and accepted — even more so than other places where we have lived," he attests. Join us as we explore the LGBTQIA+-friendly facets of this tropical paradise, where the energy of a queer renaissance permeates every corner.

Points of Interest

In Puerto Rico, every type of traveler finds a piece of paradise, from gastronomy enthusiasts and history buffs to nature lovers and adventure seekers. Villacres finds it challenging to highlight just a few attractions, given the island's diverse offerings. Here are some expert recommendations to make the most of your LGBTQIA+-friendly Puerto Rican escapade:

  1. Old San Juan: Immerse yourself in the charm of historic streets, vibrant shops, and unique restaurants. Don't miss LGBTQIA+ favorites like La Sombrilla Rosa, El Cafetín, and Cosa Nostra.
  2. Nightlife in San Juan: Experience the pulsating energy of San Juan's nightlife. From pre-gaming at Esquina el Watusi to the drag shows at Kweens Klub, there's a spot for every mood.
  3. Voguing Ball of La Bori Vogue: Witness incredible talent and creativity at a Voguing Ball, a must-see experience that showcases Puerto Rico's vibrant LGBTQIA+ scene.
  4. Gay Tours with Puerto Rico Gay Tours: Explore San Juan's queer monuments or embark on a gay visit to the rainforest with the expert guidance of Puerto Rico Gay Tours.
  5. Stay at Coqui del Mar Guesthouse: Immerse yourself in the LGBTQIA+ community by staying at Coqui del Mar Guesthouse, where a gay-friendly, clothing-optional, and 420-friendly atmosphere awaits in the heart of San Juan.

Beyond San Juan, venture to Vieques, where gay-owned guesthouses like Casa de Amistad and Club Vieques offer a welcoming retreat. Don't miss Cabo Rojo Pride for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Events and Festivals

Puerto Rico proudly hosts various Pride festivals, including the iconic San Juan Pride in June and the lively Boquerón Pride in Cabo Rojo. Explore Pride celebrations in Rincon, Ponce, and Guayama, and consider Winter Pride Fest in December for a sun-soaked winter escape.

48 Hours in San Juan

For a whirlwind 48-hour adventure in San Juan, follow Villacres' recommendations:

  • Friday: Indulge in world-class cuisine at Marmalade or the unique ambiance of the Cannon Club.
  • Saturday: Explore Old San Juan's historic streets and visit the UNESCO site El Morro. Relax with fellow guests at Coqui del Mar's pool and savor a weekly Puerto Rican BBQ. Dive into San Juan's vibrant queer scene at Esquina el Watusi and other iconic clubs.
  • Sunday: Delight in a drag brunch at Wicked Lily before soaking up the sun on Atlantic Beach, the Sunday Gay Beach.

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