San Juan's Gay Bathhouse and Sex Club: Xteamworks

Xteamworks, San Juan's gay bathhouse
Xteamworks, the gay sauna and sex club in San Juan, Puerto Rico. photo by Andrew Collins

Puerto Rico is one of the most gay-friendly islands in the Carribean, and thanks to its status as a U.S. territory, cities like San Juan have become a major holiday destination for American tourists year-round.

Along with a number of gay bars and dance halls, Jan Juan is also home to one exclusive gay sex club called Xteamworks, which may be hard to find but is certainly worth the journey.

Since recovery efforts in the wake of the 2017 hurricanes have been slow due to lack of funding and support from the mainland, some of the popular gay bars and sex clubs have not yet returned to regular hours of operation as of May 2018. Be sure to call in advance—or be ready for a bit of an adventure—before you plan a night out to Xteamworks or a gay bar in Puerto Rico on your trip.

Xteamworks: San Juan's Premier Gay Bathhouse

It's a little tricky to find, not so much because the location is challenging but because it's not very well-signed, but Xteamworks is the only gay sauna and sex complex in San Juan. It's on one of the main eastbound streets from downtown, about a five-minute drive from the handful of gay clubs in San Juan's commercial core, about a 10-minute drive from the Condado gay scene, and a 15-minute drive from Old San Juan.

When you pull up, you'll see a two-story building with a sign and print shop on the ground floor. Go toward the entrance to the shop, and on your right, pass through the white door and head up the stairs to the second level, which is where the club is located.

Xteamworks isn't open 24 hours, but on weekends, the doors are open from 6 pm until 6 am; the rest of the week, you can drop by from 6 pm until 2 am. Some argue the limited hours are a good thing, in that the place tends to be more crowded when it is open, especially late on weekend nights after the bars in town have closed.

House Rules and What to Expect at Xteamworks

Inside this industrial space, you'll find a variety of common areas including a labyrinth, gym, darkroom, sling, sauna, and steam room—pretty much the typical assortment of amenities you'd expect of a gay sauna. The staff keeps things quite clean and can answer any questions you might have, and there are both lockers and private rooms.

As with many domestic bathhouses and sex clubs in the United States, you must be 18 years of age or older to enter—and you should always use protection when engaging in any sexual act. Fortunately, Xteamworks does provide condoms, lube, and a variety of toiletries and amenities you might need. There is also free on-site STD testing several times a week.

No drugs, weapons, over-intoxication of any kind, cameras or cell phone use, or arguments are allowed inside Xteamworks. You can, however, purchase non-alcoholic beverages from vending machines and a service area inside the facilities.