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Old June 24th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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Having been to most of the Caribbean Islands and having visited and read about Jamaica and Grand Cayman's purported homophobia my question is does anyone know of a gay friendly Caribbean island?
While our disposable income is welcome most everywhere the Caribbean island are conservative as a whole and outrageous behavior frowned on everywhere. Than the question is what is outrageous behavior?

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St. Barts, Anguilla come to mind.
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Just googled your question and quite a few popped up. It was on about.com also on gay travel.com.
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I was in San Juan PR for gay pride and it was quite awesome! We were there for a week and had a great time. There are also several gay bars. I would be curious what other islands or Caribbean ports people have had personal experience with being gay tourists and feeling welcome and a part of the local community.
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I was in San Juan PR for gay pride and it was quite awesome! We were there for a week and had a great time. There are also several gay bars. I would be curious what other islands or Caribbean ports people have had personal experience with being gay tourists and feeling welcome and a part of the local community.
What and where are the gay bars in san Juan. we will be there in December for a few days before our cruise? We have been to most if not all the Caribbean and have never found anything to gay or any gay bars. I have heard there maybe a few gay friendly bars, but know of none.
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I was in San Juan PR for gay pride and it was quite awesome! We were there for a week and had a great time. There are also several gay bars. I would be curious what other islands or Caribbean ports people have had personal experience with being gay tourists and feeling welcome and a part of the local community.
Yes! Puerto Rico, especially San Juan are is a great gay destination. Just went this winter with my boyfriend and had no problems at all.

Also the following: St. Martin, St. Bart's, Curaçao

All of those are great and feel like little slices of Europe in the Caribbean, particularly St Bart's. curaçao is a little far for what it is.


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What and where are the gay bars in san Juan. we will be there in December for a few days before our cruise? We have been to most if not all the Caribbean and have never found anything to gay or any gay bars. I have heard there maybe a few gay friendly bars, but know of none.
Hi Joe,
I have spend a lot of time in San Juan. The Atlantic Beach Hotel & bar is on the beach and open during the day and evening an good starting place.

Circo Bar
Gay nightclub
Santurce - 650 Calle Condado , San Juan, PR
Splash Lounge & Restaurant
Grab a drink beachside
<LI class=listing-info>Condado - Condado Calle #6 , San Juan, PR

<LI class=listing-info>Atlantic Beach Hotel and Bar
Beach-front Bar
Condado - 1 Calle Vendig , San Juan, PR


<LI class=listing-info>San Juans best gay stripper bar with hot and super friendly guys
Condado - 1204 Ponce de Leon , San Juan, PR


Tia Maria Jose de Diego
<LI class=listing-info>Meet the locals
Santurce - 326 Av. José de Diego , San Juan, PR

Scandalo The Club
<LI class=listing-info>Friendly bar with strippers
Santurce - 613 Calle Condado , San Juan, PR

<LI class=listing-info>Angelu's The Club
Always a party going on
Hato Rey - 239 Calle Eleonor Roosvelt , San Juan, PR

<LI class=listing-info>MetroSex Bar
Metrosex Bar offers a stripper show, go-gos, amateur stripper night, good music, drag shows, happy hours, security, and fun
Santurce - 1204 Avenida Ponce de Leon , San Juan, PR



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Hi Joe,
I have spend a lot of time in San Juan. The Atlantic Beach Hotel & bar is on the beach and open during the day and evening an good starting place.

Circo Bar
Gay nightclub
Santurce - 650 Calle Condado , San Juan, PR
Splash Lounge & Restaurant
Grab a drink beachside
<LI class=listing-info>Condado - Condado Calle #6 , San Juan, PR

<LI class=listing-info>Atlantic Beach Hotel and Bar
Beach-front Bar
Condado - 1 Calle Vendig , San Juan, PR


<LI class=listing-info>San Juans best gay stripper bar with hot and super friendly guys
Condado - 1204 Ponce de Leon , San Juan, PR


Tia Maria Jose de Diego
<LI class=listing-info>Meet the locals
Santurce - 326 Av. José de Diego , San Juan, PR

Scandalo The Club
<LI class=listing-info>Friendly bar with strippers
Santurce - 613 Calle Condado , San Juan, PR

<LI class=listing-info>Angelu's The Club
Always a party going on
Hato Rey - 239 Calle Eleonor Roosvelt , San Juan, PR

<LI class=listing-info>MetroSex Bar
Metrosex Bar offers a stripper show, go-gos, amateur stripper night, good music, drag shows, happy hours, security, and fun
Santurce - 1204 Avenida Ponce de Leon , San Juan, PR



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Dennis, thank you so very much for this information. It will be very helpful when we visit San Juan in December.

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Curacao is very friendly.

Many islands are friendly when they see the color of that gay dollar.
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Curacao is very friendly.

Many islands are friendly when they see the color of that gay dollar.
I don't believe they are gay friendly, just gay tolerant because of the gay dollar.

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[quote=AFuncruiser;38900118]Hi Joe,
I have spend a lot of time in San Juan. The Atlantic Beach Hotel & bar is on the beach and open during the day and evening an good starting place.

We are staying at the Marriott Resort and Casino in January pre-cruise. It is walking distance to Atlantic Beach Hotel.
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Aruba is gay friendly. Went there for my honeymoon and had no issues. It was great.
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along w/ the Dutch West Indies....Aruba, Bonnaire & Curacao....all 4 of these are a bit more quiet than San Juan....
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In the Caribbean, San Juan probably has the most to offer for the gay traveler. If you are going to stay in PR or doing a pre/post cruise out of PR, info posted by AFuncruiser is invaluable, but if you are visiting San Juan as a port of cal for the day and you have to be back on board by 5 or 6 PM, spend your day seeing the sights.
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In the Caribbean, San Juan probably has the most to offer for the gay traveler. If you are going to stay in PR or doing a pre/post cruise out of PR, info posted by AFuncruiser is invaluable, but if you are visiting San Juan as a port of cal for the day and you have to be back on board by 5 or 6 PM, spend your day seeing the sights.
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My now husband and I went to Curacao for our honeymoon. We both felt very comfortable and were never given a second glance.

The only caution I would put in is that Curacao is definitely not the place to go if you are looking for bars/clubs/nightlife... we found it very quiet and laid back-- no vendors on the beach, no "braid your hair?", no timeshares... sometimes it was as if people really didn't care if we were there or not. I really liked it for that reason alone. Most of the tourists were European... lots of Dutch families.

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What and where are the gay bars in san Juan. we will be there in December for a few days before our cruise? We have been to most if not all the Caribbean and have never found anything to gay or any gay bars. I have heard there maybe a few gay friendly bars, but know of none.
I'd be real careful in San Juan. There's a heck of a lot of crime. They may not target gays in general, but if an opportunity exists well...As to gay friendly we found St.Martin/St John/Curacao/Bon Aire/Aruba to be pretty fiendly. We don't do PDA's any way. The homophobic islands: Jamaica(never again)/St.Kitts/Dominica/Barbados/St.Lucia
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My now husband and I went to Curacao for our honeymoon. We both felt very comfortable and were never given a second glance.

The only caution I would put in is that Curacao is definitely not the place to go if you are looking for bars/clubs/nightlife... we found it very quiet and laid back-- no vendors on the beach, no "braid your hair?", no timeshares... sometimes it was as if people really didn't care if we were there or not. I really liked it for that reason alone. Most of the tourists were European... lots of Dutch families.

It was beautiful and one of the most wonderful places I have ever been.
Sounds like you've been to a few of those places,braid your hair(wish I had some to braid)The Aloe foot message was nice, but yes, I'd like them to ask before pouring on the Aloe & messaging!
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My now husband and I went to Curacao for our honeymoon. We both felt very comfortable and were never given a second glance.

The only caution I would put in is that Curacao is definitely not the place to go if you are looking for bars/clubs/nightlife... we found it very quiet and laid back-- no vendors on the beach, no "braid your hair?", no timeshares... sometimes it was as if people really didn't care if we were there or not. I really liked it for that reason alone. Most of the tourists were European... lots of Dutch families.

It was beautiful and one of the most wonderful places I have ever been.
On our last cruise to Curacao we were told by another passenger there is a gay bar just over the pontoon bridge to the left and up a few blocks, but could not find it.
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I'd be real careful in San Juan. There's a heck of a lot of crime. They may not target gays in general, but if an opportunity exists well...As to gay friendly we found St.Martin/St John/Curacao/Bon Aire/Aruba to be pretty fiendly. We don't do PDA's any way. The homophobic islands: Jamaica(never again)/St.Kitts/Dominica/Barbados/St.Lucia
We just exercise caution & do cruiseline sponsored trips.
We to don't show PDA's ( well, to guys together) and have been to all mentioned places and agree with you. Our favorite place is St Martin.
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