Coqui del Mar Guest House – Gay Puerto Rico Guest House

Author: , October 30th, 2016

Coqui del Mar Guest House

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Coqui del Mar is a gay owned and gay friendly San Juan guest house, 3 minutes walk to gay friendly Ocean Park beaches, and minutes drive to SJU airport. All units have private bathrooms and full private kitchens. Extra guests are never a problem and you are welcome to bring back new friends. We strive to provide more than our guests expect in every way. Some of our in room guest amenities include:

  • Fast WiFi
  • daily housekeeping
  • high count linens
  • cold Air Conditioning and ceiling fans
  • full kitchen
  • flat screen cable TVs with Apple TV (for Netflix or iTunes access)
  • USB plugs for easy phone charge
  • Iron and board
  • blowdryer
  • shampoo/conditioner and body soaps
  • luxury bathtowels
  • large beach towels

If you are looking to be one of hundreds of tourists in a five star resort, frequenting chain restaurants, that is not us. We are a unique and quirky guest house nestled into Ocean Park, a beach side community where you will experience Puerto Rico like a local. At Coqui del Mar Guest House, you are family and our goal is to make you feel at home.

Our area is a foody’s delight and you can sample one of a dozen unique restaurants within a 15 minute walk, such as La Cueva del Mar, Bistro Cafe or Acapulco’s Taqueria. A city bus can take you to el Museo del Arte or to Old San Juan to sites such El Morro (a UNESCO site), the cruise ship docks or from there take the ferry to the Bacardi Factory. UBER or your rental car can take you to the gay bars of Santurce (an inland area where most of the larger gay bars are located).

Ocean Park is located between Condado and Isla Verde neighborhoods, equidistant from Old San Juan and the SJU airport. Our area is the perfect home base to further explore Puerto Rico, such as el Yunque Rain Forest, the only rain forest in the US national park system (45 minutes drive east), Camuy Caverns (1.5 hours drive west), or much else.

Some of our free amenities include:

  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Bar-b-que grill
  • outdoor shower
  • filtered water fountain
  • beach bicycles
  • free on street parking
  • boogie boards
  • beach chairs
  • beach coolers
  • umbrellas
  • bug sprays and sun screens

Some of our free items that can be requested or paid items for purchase include:

  • use of laundry area (just coordinate with on site manager)
  • personalised welcome baskets for special occasions
  • in room massages from a professional masseuse

We provide a tested gay guide showing many of the local gay bars, beaches and community services. Heterosexual friends will feel at ease at Coqui del Mar as we welcome everyone like family, and provide information for bars, restaurants and outings suited to fit your desires.

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LemonTree Oceanfront Cottages – Gay Friendly Accommodations in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Author: , September 21st, 2016

LemonTree Oceanfront Cottages

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Filled with sunshine and right on the beach, LemonTree Cottages are cleaned once a day and are entirely self-contained. Come enjoy the simple luxury of our tropical decor, relax in a soft Japanese Yukata robe, or sit on your suite’s large private verandah, breathing in the ocean breezes. You can spend the day at the LemonTree’s beach, swimming, snorkeling, beach combing, and unwinding. There’s rarely anyone at the beach, so the LemonTree is peaceful and extremely private.

The LemonTree Oceanfront Cottages have just five suites. All cottages are directly on the beachfront, have fully-equipped kitchens, cooling ceiling fans, beautiful cool terrazzo tile floors, a/c in the bedrooms, art glass lighting to help you feel relaxed, flat-screen televisions with DVD players, book libraries, and wide, private beachfront veranda’s. Wide open and airy, the cottage suites will give you every comfort and privacy.

The Papaya Suite has three bedrooms. Two rooms have a comfortable queen bed; and the master bedroom has a private bathroom. The second and the third bedroom have twin beds, and share a hall bathroom. The tropical decor of the living room and dining area, and the kitchen make for a great common area. The huge flat screen cable television with a DVD player make watching your favorite movie a lot of fun. This cottage will sleep six.

The Mango and Pina’s tropically decorated oceanfront living rooms and intimate dining rooms, with playful ribbon curtains, welcomes you into each of these suites. The bedroom offers a comfortable queen bed, and the living room comes with a futon sleeper couch. These cottages sleep four.

The Coco and Banana studios are romantic, with a charming feel. Both come with intimate tropical dining areas and easy chairs. The Banana studio has a two person Jacuzzi – a wonderful way to de-stress. The room has wonderful tile work, tropical plants and art glass lighting. If you’d like a Caribbean cottage with a hot tub, the Banana is for you.

The LemonTree Oceanfront Cottage owners, Bella Jane and Ted, live on-site and can help you plan your island activities in western Puerto Rico, Porta del Sol. We’ll give you a map of Rincon to help you get oriented. We can also schedule massages, diving and snorkeling trips, surfing lessons, horseback riding, sailing expeditions, parasailing, and fishing trips. Your suite also has an activities and restaurant guide.

Rincon is a relaxed, local beach town where all you need is a t-shirt and shorts. Beaches are all around and the surf beckons you to take a swim, surf, or snorkel. You can also take a charter with Taino Divers out to Desecheo Island, go parasailing, take a sunset cruise with Katarina Sail Charters, or just relax, renew and reawaken your spirit.

We’ll help you relax during your Caribbean holiday, so you’ll return home invigorated, relaxed, revitalized and brimming with happy memories. Come visit us in beautiful Rincon, Puerto Rico.

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Relaxed Puerto Rico

Author: , February 26th, 2016

Puerto Rico - Gareth Johnson

It’s easy to see why Puerto Rico is a popular destination for vacationers from the east coast of North America. Although situated just a short jump from Cuba, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States – the currency is US dollars, the time zone is almost the same as New York, most people speak English (with a good smattering of Spanish), and all of the big American food and retail chains are well represented.

But Puerto Rico is a lot more than just a warmer version of the US – it offers visitors a unique combination of sandy beaches, rugged landscapes, and Latino living that makes for a pretty spectacular vacation destination.

Increasingly, the island is also becoming a popular destination for European travellers looking for a sunny destination as a mid-winter break – direct flights to San Juan make it a fairly painless eight-hour journey.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Beach Day in San Juan

Author: , February 17th, 2016

Puerto Rico - Gareth Johnson

It seems kind of obvious when you live on a warm, tropical island, but on Sundays the San Juan locals of Puerto Rico go to the beach.

Large groups of friends, big extended families, all get together with their beach chairs, coolers full of food and beer, and they spend their day relaxing, talking, playing beach tennis (with the wooden bats), and occasionally going for a swim.

Ocean Park Beach in the Condado neighbourhood is the busiest, I sat for hours watching fiercely contested beach tennis matches between young guys with lean, muscular bodies and perfect tans. It made me wish that I’d been a bit more committed to that beach body bikini blast workout that I signed up for.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Puerto Rico – A Winter Mini Break

Author: , February 13th, 2016
Puerto Rico

Image via Puerto Rico Tourism Authority

Living in London, the winter months are inevitably cold, wet, dark, and seem to drag on for ever. Most people try and break up the long winter with either a skiing holiday to Europe, or by escaping to somewhere a bit warmer and sunnier for a mid-winter vacation.

As I was queuing for the bag drop counters at Gatwick Airport, surrounded by excited groups of people wrapped in huge coats and carrying enormous piles of luggage, I was feeling a little smug that my chosen destination this winter was Puerto Rico.

It’s a solid eight-hour flight from London to Puerto Rico, so you need to be looking at staying for at least a week to make the journey worthwhile. I flew with Norwegian Airlines – a direct flight that was simple and efficient in typical Nordic style.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Puerto Rico

Author: , December 12th, 2015

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has often been called the gay center of the Caribbean as it is the most gay-friendly Caribbean island. You will find a host of accommodations, restaurants, clubs and bars that cater to the gay clientele.

Most of the LGBT infrastructure can be found in the Old City of San Juan. This beautiful walled city still preserves its stunning colonial architecture, ranging from fortresses to colorful buildings; many declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

A great way to go out and explore Old San Juan is by bike. We recommend Rent The Bicycle, a tour company specializing in everything from guided tours to hourly bike rentals.

Full Story at GayTravelInformation

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The Perfect 7-Day Trip to Puerto Rico

Author: , February 28th, 2015

Puerto RicoEven though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.

Airlines like JetBlue fly into Luis Munoz Marin International Airport from many major continental U.S. cities on the regular. Once you arrive, grab one of the cabs waiting outside to drive you to your accommodations — an Airbnb in Ocean Park is a great choice. The residential neighborhood is filled with mini mansions overgrown with blooming vines and sparkling swimming pools, many of them available as vacation rentals. The best perk of the area, however, is the proximity to hidden gem Ocean Park Beach, a hot spot with locals, rarely visited by tourists. Spend the day getting acclimated to your new neighborhood’s supermarkets, vegetable markets, and flowered pathways, then drag your towels and drinks to the beach for a day of sun and surf.

Once you dry off, get changed for a 10-minute walk to dinner at Pamela’s at the Numero Uno Guest House. You can watch the sun slowly set with your toes in the sand at this cult-favorite restaurant, where you can order meals like ceviche and seared grouper. Herald in your vacation by sipping their custom cocktails while the beach becomes deserted and the moon grows big overhead.

By Annemarie Dooling – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

Swimming at Night in Vieques

Author: , January 16th, 2015

Vieques - Image via W Retreat and SpaWe start at twilight, piling in the van for the bumpy ride to Mosquito Bay. We park in a sandy lot, and our guides ease the kayaks into the dark waters. “Don’t jump in,” Enrique instructs. While this bioluminescent bay has had thousands of visitors who have enjoyed a dip in the spectacular lagoon, the government is attempting to protect the delicate, microscopic organisms that glow when disturbed, so it doesn’t want people spoiling the water with chemicals and other toxins.

Although my partner was born and raised in Puerto Rico, he’d never visited Vieques (a former U.S. military zone), and no trip to the tiny, 21-mile-long island off the coast of Puerto Rico is complete without a trip to Bio Bay, as it’s known. As we paddle out to the center of the lagoon, we see the green glow. “Like Avatar!” one of the other guys in the group says. Since the moon is full and the sky is clear, we huddle under a parachute to block the light, and we begin to drag our fingers through the warm water and see the glow that does look like a movie’s special effect. It’s a night we’ll never forget.

Without much to do beyond the miles of gorgeous, pristine white-sand beaches, the entertainment takes place at the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island. Its restaurant, Sorce, is the best place to eat on the island, so no need to feel an urge to go prowling for seafood anywhere else.

By Jerry Portwood – Full Story at The Advocate | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

Image via W Retreat and Spa

Cafeteria Mallorca in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Author: , April 25th, 2014

Cafeteria Mallorca, Old San Juan, Puerto RicoYes I own it. !!! I am guilty by pleasure. On my last morning in Puerto Rico, before heading back to New York, I could not helped it stopping by the traditional old-fashioned, 1950s-style diner, Cafeteria Mallorca, to have my own Mallorca experience.

Located right in the heart of Old San Juan, over Calle San Francisco, across Plaza Salvador Brau. Mallorcas are sweet pastries, buttered, grilled, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. You may have it with ham and cheese.

I found this cafeteria very charming and iconic, with a mix of locals and tourists. But if you are willing to try something more modern, then perhaps you should try Caficultura across Plaza Colon.

Both bars located only steps away from my hotel La Terraza de San Juan.

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

Exploring Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Puerto Rico - Carlos Melia

I arrived to Puerto Rico on the first flight of the morning, checked in at my beautiful suite at hotel La Terraza de San Juan, in the heart of Old San Juan, and got ready to explore the old courts and fortresses and secrets of this charming district.

I have been many times before to Puerto Rico, including Vieques, but this was my first time only focusing to the Old San Juan. My hotel made all the arrangements for an expert guide to take me on a private two-days tour of the entire district, including some great lunch and dinner options.

Carlos Melia - Old San Juan, Puerto RicoSo we headed out of the hotel and walk for over an hour along the colorful quaint cobble-stoned streets of Old San Juan. Stopped by the traditional Cafe Puerto Rico, located at the main square, across for the statue of Cristobal Colon (similar to the one in Barcelona) for a true local lunch, which consisted on Yuca Mero Mofongo and Red Sangria (YUMMMM). So not both heart and stomach were happy and full, ready to continue the Old San Juan experience.

After lunch and a few strong shots of coffee, we carried on to one of the main attractions the Fort San Felipe del Morro, but before that, we took a lovely stroll downhill towards the promenade Paseo de la Princesa, a restored 19th-century esplanade. Lovely views of the bay, stop by Cafe la Princesa, or like we did, just walk along and enjoy the panoramic views.

As you can see by my photos, I was totally OBSESSED with the garitas, iconic symbol of Puerto Rico and Old San Juan. Puerto Rico’s most picturesque military structure, El Morro took over 200 years to build.

Carlos Melia - Old San JuanDesignated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Along the green esplanade of the citadel, people come here to relax, picnic, and fly kites; the sky is full of them on a clear day.

Upon sunset, after contemplating the stunning views, I headed back to my hotel La Terraza de San Juan, to chill for an hour, take a shower and get ready for dinner at Verde Mesa Restaurant.

I was awake since 5 AM in the morning, for my flight from New York to Puerto Rico, so decided to have an early night, and be ready for an early morning the following day for my 02 DAY exploring Old San Juan. Stay tuned.

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources