GayTravel.com offers inside scoop on the latest and greatest LGBT-friendly accommodations in the hottest destinations around the world! Check out this GayTravel.com exclusive interview with Betty Gonzalez about the beautiful Caribe Hilton.
GT: What makes your city such a great LGBT destination?
CH:Whether you are planning a Puerto Rico vacation for the first time, or returning to San Juan, as your favorite Caribbean getaway destination, there is no place quite like this tropical volcanic island, no Caribbean island quite like Puerto Rico and no better place to base your adventures than the beautiful and strategically located resort Caribe Hilton.
The geography of Puerto Rico is very unusual, as it encompasses distinctly different kinds of topography and microclimates in a relatively small area. Puerto Rico is only about 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, so its most distant points are only a three-hour drive apart. It also means that just about every tropical landscape in existence is a short trip from Caribe Hilton in San Juan. What’s more, Puerto Rico’s blend of cultures accommodates every visitor’s needs and tastes.
GT: What are some hotspots gay and lesbian travelers should check out when they are in the city?
CH: Oceano – Restaurant/lounge with Salsa music every Tuesday and Jazz on Thursdays. Calle
Vendig, Condado (San Juan)
Splash Lounge Bar & Restaurant – Calle Condado, Condado (San Juan)
Krash Club – Ponce de Leon Avenue, Santurce (San Juan)
Circo Bar– Club/bar. Calle Condado, Santurce (San Juan)
GT: What are the top five reasons for gay travelers to visit?
Reason One: Over 300 gorgeous beaches, numerous National Forests, tropical weather
Reason Two: Rich culture and heritage, Arts, Museums
Reason Three: Nightlife – dancing, live music, casinos, night clubs, bars, lounges and restaurants
Reason Four: Gastronomy & Culinary Events - “Comida Criolla” (local food) to international cuisines
Reason Five: U.S. Territory – U.S. citizens do not need a passport, U.S. Dollar, numerous flights daily, Bilingual country
GT: Tell our readers why they should visit your city and more specifically, your property.
CH: Old San Juan is the heart and soul of the island. A melting pot of Spanish, Afro-Caribbean, Taíno and Anglo influences converge in its history, architecture, galleries, music and gastronomy making it home to countless must-see sites. Designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, this really is a cultural district not to be missed. Walking tours allow you to explore at your leisure, while a free trolley ride lets you sit and relax while it takes you around streets paved with blue cobblestones.
The Caribe Hilton is only a short drive from Old San Juan (1.5 miles). Our hotel offers the following:
· Secluded beach, oceanfront swimming pools
· 916 rooms and villas with ocean view, lagoon or garden views
· 9 restaurants including Morton's The Steakhouse
· Full-service Olas Spa and Fitness Center by Precor
· Kids Paradise Game Room with Wii, XBox, Movies and more
· 65,000 sq. ft. of Meeting & Event Space
· Complimentary WiFi in rooms and public areas
GT: Why should gay travelers book at your property instead of other properties in the area?
CH: Resting on a beautiful peninsula in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Caribe Hilton hotel is one of the island's most luxurious hotels - and a AAA Four Diamond Property. Set in 17 acres of exotic gardens, the hotel is ideally located in San Juan – just a short drive from Old San Juan and the Condado area. It's also just a 15 minute drive from Luis Muñoz Marín Airport and five minutes from San Juan's new Convention Center.
GT: You are one of the first properties to be featured on out Gaytravel Approved website- what does your partnership with us include and what does that mean to your property as a gay-friendly destination?
CH: The Caribe Hilton is gay-friendly and we assure that our guests will enjoy their stay with us as well as on our Island of Enchantment.