Gay Friendly Caribbean Island

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Gay & Lesbian Cruisers
A Gathering Place for Discussing Your Favorite Cruises.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 03:34 PM.
#1
Jacksonville, Fl
942 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
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?

Dennis
Jacksonville, Fl

532 days at sea
47 cruises
12 cruise lines
T/P, T/A, Hawaii, Central & South America, New Zealand & South Pacific, Rio/ Amazon, Alaska
#3
Michigan
170 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Just googled your question and quite a few popped up. It was on about.com also on gay travel.com.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
08-21-2012 Carnival Spirit
08-25-2013 Carnival
#4
Henderson NV/Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2,667 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Will be in Puerto Vallarta Sep 2016 to Apr 2017 managing Red Room Cabaret at Act II Theatre. Stop in and say HOLA!
[/b] CROWN PRINCESS March 5, 2016 Mexican Riv Inside C106 (broke my wrist dancing!)

7 Day Valentines W Caribbean - 2/10-17/13 NCL Star 5068 Oceanview - Pics at http://sakedad.smugmug.com/Vacation/NCL-Star-Western-Caribbean/27747211_8tww63#!i=2338857460
I was the Rehearsal Production Stage Manager for the NCL Spirit 4/12 TA Crossing.
Stage Manager on Disney Dream Apr-Jun '11 and the Wonder Aug '11-Jan '12
Disney Contract Pics at www.sakedad.smugmug.com
3 Days Bahamas - NCL Sky Balcony 9026 12/10/10 (took my best friend on his first cruise) pics @ http://sakedad.smugmug.com/Boats/NCL-Sky-3-Day-Bahama-Cruise-12/15081706_Mbivb#1127102815_ffgio
I was the Stage Manager on the Eurodam New Build/Inaugural Summer '08, pictures at http://sakedad.smugmug.com/gallery/5210397_BTryd#341971687_XM3un
3 Day REPO LA-VANCOUVER - NCL Star 4/24/08 Aft BA10730Review @ http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...?EntryID=41263 (PICTURES @ http://sakedad.smugmug.com/gallery/4815831_s7KxZ/1/287575324_CM3nw#287575324_CM3nw )
ALASKA - HAL Noordam Seattle-Alaska RT May 20, 2007 Suite SA7086 (over 800 pics of Alaska @ http://sakedad.smugmug.com/gallery/2911393#P-1-15)
ENSENADA - RCCL Monarch of the Seas LA-Ensenada 3 day 4/14/06 JS1580 (pics @ http://sakedad.smugmug.com/gallery/1377085#65379995)
CHINA - Victoria Empress Cabin 235, Yangtze River, China 10/05 (over 1,600 pics of China vacation @ http://www.sakedad.smugmug.com/gallery/904429#41337431)
GRENADINES - (RIP) Windjammer Barefoot Cruises (GLBT Charter) M/V Mandalay 8/02 Admiral's Suite
#5
Massachusetts
2,152 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by SakeDad
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Our first cruise was on Carnival Holiday 09-Nov-91 We now have 872 days at sea and 86 future days.
#6
New York, NY
65 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by SakeDad
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.


Sent using the Cruise Critic forums app
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
J

Sensation (Western Caribbean) - '99
Costa Victoria (Eastern Caribbean) - '00
Century (Western Caribbean) - '02
Carnival Victory (Canada/New England) - '03
Queen Mary 2 (Panama and Southern Caribbean) - '04
Carnival Legend (Eastern Caribbean from NYC) - '06
Caribbean Princess (Bermuda and Caribbean) - '08
Celebrity Summit (Bermuda) - '10
Celebrity Summit (Bermuda) - '11
Celebrity Equinox (Eastern Med) - '12
Celebrity Constellation (NYE Cruise) - '13
Celebrity Silhouette (NYE Cruise) - '14
#7
Jacksonville, Fl
942 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Originally posted by CrusingJoe
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



Dennis
Jacksonville, Fl


532 days at sea
47 cruises
12 cruise lines
T/P, T/A, Hawaii, Central & South America, New Zealand & South Pacific, Rio/ Amazon, Alaska
#8
Massachusetts
2,152 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by AFuncruiser
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



Dennis
Jacksonville, Fl


532 days at sea
47 cruises
12 cruise lines
T/P, T/A, Hawaii, Central & South America, New Zealand & South Pacific, Rio/ Amazon, Alaska
Dennis, thank you so very much for this information. It will be very helpful when we visit San Juan in December.

Joe
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Our first cruise was on Carnival Holiday 09-Nov-91 We now have 872 days at sea and 86 future days.
#9
Milwaukee, WI 53201
13,714 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Curacao is very friendly.

Many islands are friendly when they see the color of that gay dollar.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#10
Jacksonville, Fl
942 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Originally posted by Typhoon1
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.

Dennis

532 days at sea
47 cruises
12 cruise lines
T/P, T/A, Hawaii, Central & South America, New Zealand & South Pacific, Rio/ Amazon, Alaska
#11
Kansas City
887 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
[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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#12
NYC
264 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Aruba is gay friendly. Went there for my honeymoon and had no issues. It was great.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
November 2014 - NCL Breakaway
September 2013 - NCL Breakaway
February 2012 - NCL Sky
April 2011 - NCL Epic
March 2010 - NCL Pearl
October 2009 - Carnival Freedom
December 2008 - NCL Sky
February 2008 - NCL Sky
February 2008 - RC Navigator of the Seas
February 2007 - NCL Pearl
#14
TAMPA FLA
243 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
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.
#15
Massachusetts
2,152 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by donnatello
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.
Very well said.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Our first cruise was on Carnival Holiday 09-Nov-91 We now have 872 days at sea and 86 future days.
#16
Boston, MA
11 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
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.
#17
New Hampshire
5,033 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by CrusingJoe
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
We just exercise caution & do cruiseline sponsored trips.
#18
New Hampshire
5,033 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by redjetta
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!
#19
Massachusetts
2,152 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by redjetta
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Our first cruise was on Carnival Holiday 09-Nov-91 We now have 872 days at sea and 86 future days.
#20
Massachusetts
2,152 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by keithm
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.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Our first cruise was on Carnival Holiday 09-Nov-91 We now have 872 days at sea and 86 future days.