Out Of Paradise
A big hello to my weekly readers around the globe. I hope you have gained some knowledge about the Caribbean Islands, which ones are gay friendly and which ones aren’t.
If you’ve been following my blog you would by now, have gained a better understanding about these islands, especially since most people have little or absolutely no knowledge about them, especially the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, where I come from.
This week girls we going to do things slightly different. As you look below you will notice a video, well I've decided to try my hand at vlogging, atleast as an intro. OK, as I told you last week, I have gone through all the smaller islands. Now it's time to explore the two remaining countries.
We shall this week deal with the Island of Puerto Rico. Enjoy and as always, feel free to comment.
Little U.S.A, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: "Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico" — literally Associated Free State of Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") is composed of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area of the Greater Antilles. It, however, ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which also include Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica.
Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquen, from Borikén, its indigenous Taíno name, which means "Land of the Valiant Lord".The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage. The island is also popularly known in Spanish as "La Isla del Encanto" which means "The Island of Enchantment" in English.
PUERTO RICO TRAVEL TIPS
Winter and spring are expensive seasons. From mid-December to mid-April, snowbird tourists fleeing from cold northern climates flock to Puerto Rico. Winter is the driest season along the coasts but can be wet in mountain areas. Temperatures year-round have a relatively small range from 75°F to 85°F, but August can be the hottest and wettest month.
Driving and parking is a pain in Old San Juan. The narrow cobblestone streets were made for horse carriages. Opt instead for taxis or tourist shuttles.
Head to the Old San Juan for creative dining. Although Puerto Rico does not have a signature cuisine, the section of the Old City called SoFo (South of Fortaleza) is brimming with cool restaurants serving creative fusion cuisine.
Looking more like a lush province of Spain versus an American territory, Puerto Rico is one of the most foreign experiences you can have in the U.S. Plus, it's one of the gayest vacation experiences in all the (often excruciatingly hetero) Caribbean.
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Most of Puerto Rico’s surprisingly out gay and lesbian infrastructure is found in the chic up-and-coming area of Condado, where Gucci and Prada stores are elbowing their way in, and the nightlife scene is migrating to the grittier Santurce area. There are a smattering of guesthouses and hotels specifically catering to gay travelers in the Condado and Ocean Park areas. Both districts have somewhat cruisy beaches, but the beach in front of the gay-marketed Atlantic Beach Hotel, called Condado Beach, can be jam-packed with gays and lesbians especially during the winter. The Atlantic Beach Hotel has a great outdoor patio bar overlooking the sunbathing area, and the Ocean Park residential 'hood has a gay-popular beach as well. San Juan even has bear groups, queer sports groups, and lesbian groups.
Puerto Rico has a lot going for it beyond the gay and lesbian scene, of course. You can explore the verdant central mountains with their pretty villages and coffee plantations, where English is barely spoken. Puerto Rico has 19 forest preserves, where visitors can hike or picnic. In the Karst Country on the north coast, caves hold huge underground water systems. And then there's the neighboring isle of Vieques just off the northeast coast, once used by the U.S. for bombing practice, but now used by queer tourists as a mellow getaway to rent villas and hang out in gay-popular inns.
Hotels / Inns / Guest houses
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Water & Beach Club Hotel (luxury)
San Juan's original chic beachfront Boutique Hotel with 78 rooms and suites. Highlighting the infamous WET lounge and Sushi Bar on the roof top with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Designers of relaxation the hotels offers beach service with all the amenities and top notch service.
La Concha, A Renaissance Resort - (luxury)
Chic and sophisticated: the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort sets the standard for luxury hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Overlooking Condado Beach, each luxury hotel guest room is appointed with state-of-the-art furnishings and amenities and delivers stunning views. In addition, this hotel features an onsite fitness center, exciting casino, relaxing spa treatments along with easy access to numerous San Juan activities to accommodate guests seeking both excitement or relaxation during their Puerto Rico vacation. Entertainment seekers need not venture from the resort as at night, the property transforms into one of San Juan's top nightspots.
At Wind Chimes Inn - (economy)
At Wind Chimes Inn is a restored Colonial Spanish Villa a truly intimate Boutique Hotel just a short block from the nicest beach on the North Shore. Tropical rooms, suites with 10' Ceilings, Terracotta Floors & private baths. A/C, TV Tel. & WIFI. Gourmet food and daiquiris served at the Tiki Boat Bar or in-room service. Relax!!! Mornings At Wind Chimes belong to the Caribbean sun and fresh-brewed Puerto Rican coffee. Lay back to catch some rays on the upper sun deck, delve into a classic from our little library or lounge in the tropical courtyard.
Numero Uno Guest House
The perfect Caribbean vacation Numero 1 Guest House on the beach
Imagine the ideal beach vacation. You wake up to the sparkle of the ocean and the calming sound of the waves. Breakfast is served on a secluded sunlit beach. Surrounded by sun, sky, and water, pampered by a hotel staff that is attentive to your every comfort, an unforgettable getaway awaits you at the Numero Uno Guest House beach hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
We invite you to come and enjoy our highly rated accommodations; fine food served in our acclaimed restaurant, Pamela’s Caribbean Cuisine; and personalized services. Find out why guests return again and again to Numero Uno Guest House in San Juan. We’re here to make your Caribbean vacation dreams come true.
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