Puerto Rico Welcomes Gay/Lesbian Travelers

Published Date Author: , March 20th, 2010

We stroll off our Olivia lesbian cruise ship and a few steps later we’re in the middle of the Old City. We climb up the hill toward the residential streets and I’m surprised at how quiet it is on the narrow cobblestone lanes between the pastel-coloured 16th-century houses. Locals walk past and compact cars squeeze through. A rainbow flag the size of a beach towel hangs from an upstairs balcony. More flags appear on storefronts as we descend – I’m told shopkeepers put them out to attract customers when Olivia is in port.

One is in front of a restaurant that’s packed with lesbians from our ship. Each time one enters, Luisa Texidor Pujols, co=owner of Airenumo, says, “Welcome, we are family.”

Puerto Rico is one of the most gay-friendly Caribbean islands, with plenty of nightlife, Pride celebrations and community organizations, yet there are still barriers to full equality.

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www.ceibacountryinn.com Michael said on April 18, 2010, 12:11 pm:

For those travelling to the East Coast of Puerto Rico and possibly on to Culebra or Vieques, please consider staying at the Ceiba Country Inn Bed & Breakfast, about 15 minutes away from the ferry dock in Fajardo. Gay owned, the Inn is quiet and secluded surrounded by lush countryside on 12 acres with dramatic views of the oceanside and Culebra.

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