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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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.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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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.