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San Juan, Puerto Rico….Gay Friendly Island getaway

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 If your looking for more than just beach and resort type of vacation than San Juan is for you. This city offers the gay peurto ricotourist many site seeing options. For example, Old San Juan, the historic nature of its colonial buildings and narrow streets covered by adoquine, a blue stone cast from furnace slag; they were brought over as ballast on Spanish ships. This includes the city’s ancient defensive wall and forts, most notably El Morro and the Castle of San Cristóbal. On January 23, 1984 both of these edifices were catalogued as being part of humanity’s cultural patrimony. The restaurants and art galleries in the zone are visited by tourists. The local universities are promoted as historic places, most notably the campus of University of Puerto Rico located in Río Piedras, which is the oldest university on the island being founded in 1903. But a must see for the Gay traveler is…..

Condado, San Juan’s Gayest Beach Neighborhood

This popular oceanfront district is an ideal place for LGBT travelers to stay, thanks to its array of cool hotels and gay-friendly venues. The gay beach is located at the foot of Calle Vendig (Vendig Street), in front of the hip, gay-owned bar/restaurant called Oceano. (The Atlantic Beach Hotel is no longer the popular gay hangout it once was; in fact, it is no longer positioned as a gay hotel.)

San Juan is the vacation destination with the best infrastructure and the widest variety of activities available for gay and lesbian travelers (the island has also become a popular topic of conversation within the LGBT community since featherweight Puerto Rican boxing champ Orlando Cruz came out of the closet).

San Juan has offers another neighborhood…..Santurce, San Juan’s Hub for Gay Bars

Located less than 10 minutes by car from Condado (and walkable, though it’s better not to do so alone), the neighborhood called Santurce has claimed the role of San Juan’s gay nightlife hub. A couple of cool places (Heaven & Hell, Krash) closed recently, so today most of the gay nightlife is centered on and near Calle Condado, making it easy to park once and walk from bar to bar

So if you’re looking for a fun place to enjoy gay beaches and nightlife, look no further than the so-called “Isla del Encanto” (Island of Enchantment). Go and discover this gay jewel of the Caribbean. Book it now!

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