Gay San Juan
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and the oldest city to fly the American Flag. The island of Puerto Rico has long been a popular destination for east coast and Midwestern visitors. As more and more people from out west have taken Caribbean cruises, they have discovered the unique charm, beauty, and excitement of this Island Commonwealth and it’s warm and friendly people. So, lets start our exploration of Gay San Juan.
San Juan is divided into “old” and “new” cities; in all probability you’ll be staying in the new part of San Juan where famed Condado Beach, Ocean Park, and Santurce districts are located. Home not only to numerous gay guest houses, bars, discos and restaurants, it is also the center of tourist nightlife and the location of the best hotels and casinos on the island. Ashford Avenue is the main thoroughfare and takes you to Dos Hermanos Bridge, leading into “old” San Juan. Before we cross that bridge however, make a note of a few of the gay venues.
Old San Juan is a seven square block area that was once completely walled and had been constructed as a military stronghold. Walking through the area, you’ll want to visit the fortress of San Felipe Del Morro, The Museum of Art & History, the Pablo Casals Museum, Plaza De San Jose, and site of San Jose Church, the 2nd oldest in the Western Hemisphere, La Foreteleza, the governor’s mansion as well as El Arsenal. There is so much to see in this historic area, a first stop should be The Tourist Information Center, 301 San Justo Street or at City Hall on the Plaza de Armas for free brochures and walking tour maps. Due to extreme parking problems in San Juan, the use of taxicabs is recommended, a word of caution, take metered cabs only and insist that the meter be on.
For travelers from the west coast, Puerto Rico is an excellent stand-alone vacation. However, it can also be combined with a cruise out of San Juan. The selection of conventional cruise offerings is sensational and bargains abound.
For more information on the HOT places to go, eat, stay and see in San Juan, check out Ambiente, the city’s premier LGBT publication.
The Gay Scene in San Juan
Restaurants in San Juan
San Juan has a ton of gay-friendly restaurants and eateries.
Nightlife in San Juan
The party won’t start till you walk in at one of these gay bars or clubs in San Juan.