Gay and Lesbian Hangouts in San Juan

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Puerto Rico has long been considered one of the most gay-friendly islands in the Caribbean. With several nightclubs, bars, hotels and other venues welcoming gay and lesbian travelers, this is an open, warm, and friendly island.

If you're looking for a place to hang out at night, ​San Juan has plenty of options for you, especially in the popular gay beach neighborhood of Candado. These hotspots, in particular, are among the best nocturnal destinations for open-minded tourists and locals in the capital.

Whether you're traveling alone for a private getaway or vacationing with a special someone, you're sure to feel welcome at these popular gay and lesbian destinations.

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    Although this upscale, open-air bar and restaurant generally hosts more of a gay/straight mixture of patrons, Oceano is a gay-owned establishment and a great place to grab a drink in Condado. Located right across the street from the gay beach itself, Oceano is great for grabbing a bite or a drink any time of day or night. Plus, after the sun goes down it turns into a nightclub with a DJ spinning beats late into the night.

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    Located near Condado in the Santurce neighborhood, Circo Bar is open every day and offers nightly DJ's, no cover, and a mix of environments at their video bar, outdoor smoking bar, and dance bar. Thursday night is karaoke night and there's usually a drag show once or twice a month.

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    Also in Santurce, Starz gives other gay clubs in San Juan stiff competition for best nightclub offering service to open-minded locals and tourists. The club is known for its thumping techno and lavish theme parties, however, it's now only open on weekends.

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    Once known as the Condado Inn, this small bar and restaurant is only a block away from the gay beach (and a few blocks down from Oceano). Popular among younger tourists and locals, the bar fills up on weekends but is relatively quiet during the week. Perfect for a quick bite after the beach or a few shots from the friendly staff, Splash has become a local favorite.

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    Located in the Santure neighborhood, El Chinchorro de W (which translates roughly to "Hole in the Wall") is the go-to spot for late-night clubbers in San Juan. Opening after midnight on nights when clubs are open, this little gay-owned spot serves up some delicious Puerto Rican cuisine as well as alcoholic beverages.

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    If you're looking for somewhere to stay and relax with a large group, Coqui del Mar is the perfect destination in San Juan, especially given the price and location close to the beach in Ocean Park. Gay-owned, gay-friendly and the number one destination on TripAdvisor, Coqui del Mar offers apartment-style accommodations with full kitchens, private bathrooms, AC, WIFI, in-room safes, cable TV, and DVD players. This private guest house even offers a 15 to 30 person villa-style home with a private pool to rent.