THE TOURIST ZONE
The internet is full of stories about crime and danger in Puerto Rico. Much of that information is unfortunately inaccurate and speculative. The clickable map below is a graphic representation of crime rates in San Juan. As in any other major city, there are "safe" areas and "not so safe" areas. Light and medum blue areas are generally considered safe for walking around at night. Deep blue areas have very little street lighting or abut more dangerous areas and thus require a little extra vigilance day or night. It is advisable to always stay in the blue zones while in San Juan. Never enter the deep red zones. The Tourist Zone has almost no violent crime of any type, domestic or otherwise. You're perfectly, safe in the Tourist Zone, and we have more than enough to entertain you in Old San Juan, Condado, and Isla Verde.
Welcome to 2015 in our Tropical Paradise! TheNakedIsland.com is San Juan's Gay Guide to everything fabulous. Bars, nightlife, shopping, beaches, friends, and fun!
In San Juan, you will find that being Out and Proud is very accepted in the Tourist Zone. In San Juan, we spend as much time outdoors as possible. We are a very athletic, healthy bunch (read between the lines...the men and women in San Juan consistently rank as among the world's most attractive).
A Few Facts About San Juan:
Puerto Rico is an American Territory. Passports are not required for American visitors.
San Juan is very gay-friendly. It is common to see same-sex couples strolling Ashford Avenue holding hands. Condado and Ocean Park easily qualify as "gay ghettos".
The Tourist Zone in San Juan is extremely safe for visitors. The Tourist Zone is very exclusive and very well maintained, superior in many ways to (and cleaner than) South Beach or Fort Lauderdale. And you don't need a car. The Tourist Zone is walkable.
English is commonly spoken throughout the Tourist Zone.
It is always between 80 and 90 degrees fahrenheit. We only have two seasons - wet and dry. Rain season is July through November with September and October being the months most prone to rain and hurricanes.
San Juan has lots and lots of "papis". (Not the flowering kind).
You've escaped the frigid north and are looking for things to do in San Juan. I am asked, always, always, always, "what are the gay places in San Juan". Well, first we don’t distinguish between gay and straight like on the mainland. We have some fabulous gay bars like Splash and Tia Maria, but most local gays spend their time on the beach, the street, or with friends. In Puerto Rico, it is perfectly fine to have a party on the beach, or “janguear” (hang out) with friends on the street. If your destination is a gay bar, understand that on weekends the action usually doesn’t start till at least midnight.
Second, you came for the beaches, right? The gay beach on Vendig is still very popular. The adjacent bar and hotel, a gay fixture for many years, is no longer a gay-exclusive destination. But that doesn’t stop local “papi’s” from brown-bagging it and frolicking in thongs on the beach. Just remember to remember to bring your cooler! Another gay beach favorite is in front of Numero Uno in Ocean Park. Although much less obviously “gay”, the beach attracts (for historical reasons) a large number of local gay beach-goers.
The beaches are always cruisy, day or night. Just be aware of your surroundings if you venture out after nightfall.
Gays in Puerto Rico don’t use Manhunt. We use Adam4Adam.
For condoms, lube and toys, there is a Condom World on Ashford Avenue in Condado (near the intersection of Ashford and Condado Avenue).
There are gay-friendly and gay-owned restaurants such as Oceano on Vendig Street, Café Berlin in Old San Juan,and Kamoli’s on Calle Loiza (near Calle jTaft) and Panucho's at 1800 Calle Loiza.
Get outside, get some fun. Visit the forts, walk the Old City. See El Yunque, or take a day trip to the center of the island. You won’t be bored in Puerto Rico!
Paseo de La Princesa Street Fair -Old San Juan Saturdays, Sundays
Clang, Clang Went the Trolley! Free trolly tours Old San Juan, Daily - Plaza Las Armas
Corner of De Diego/Ponce de Leon
Newest and Hottest nightclub in San Juan!
Barrios Bar and Restaurant
de Diego near Tia Maria's and Green Giraffe