This past January, my boyfriend and I visited San Juan for the first time and fell in love with the capital of Puerto Rico. I feel honored to have contributed to the new LGBTQ travel portal of DiscoverPuertoRico.com and, in some small way, help guide new travelers to the Caribbean’s most gay friendly destination.
As a first-time visitor, you’ll quickly realize Puerto Rico’s capital city is the LGBTQ Caribbean destination you’ve been searching for. Rich in history, breathtakingly beautiful and offering non-stop flights from 49 destinations, it is an ideal quick winter getaway.
San Juan satisfies the desire for a culturally-unique, tropical escape, combined with the ease of never leaving the United States. You don’t need a passport, will use U.S. currency, and can easily communicate in English and Spanish. It is also exceptionally gay-friendly.
The New York Times Travel Show, a three-day event held every January at the Jacob K. Javits Center, brings more than 30,000 travel professionals under one roof. And this year, more than ever, it showcased a rainbow coalition of destinations, organizations and publications, actively engaging with the LGBTQ traveler.
For the second consecutive year, the New York Times Travel Show included an LGBTQ Travel Pavilion featuring brands “designed for the enjoyment and safety of LGBTQ travelers and their allies, friends and loved ones.” Four of these destinations later took center stage at the ManAboutWorld-hosted cocktail party and media event, where Puerto Rico, Illinois, Berlin and Fort Lauderdale each unveiled tourism campaigns welcoming us all to visit.
For some travel inspiration, take a look at their videos below:
Do not throw away your shot to see the musical Hamilton… while on a Caribbean vacation…while contributing to rebuilding Puerto Rico.
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, knocking off power to the entire island, devastating homes and landscape, and creating a humanitarian disaster on the U.S. territory.
By August 2018, the death toll had risen to 2,975. (The number of casualties has since increased.)
But while the devastation was vast, Puerto Rico has been steadily rebuilding, reopening and reviving its tourism market. In an effort to continue his support for the island, Lin-Manuel Miranda will once again star in the title role of Hamilton, when the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning musical plays San Juan from January 12 to 27, 2019.
As expected, general ticket sales (which went on sale November 10) quickly sold-out, but limited tickets are still available through trip packages offered by Discover Puerto Rico. Additionally, premium tickets sold for $5,000 each, will raise money for Miranda’s Flamboyan Arts Fund, dedicated to strengthening arts on the island.
Puerto Rico wants visitors to know they are open for business. Remember the S.O.S. photo that went viral immediately following Hurricane Maria? The plea has evolved into an invitation and a message that we are “Bienvenidos” on the island. Catch a glimpse of the progress in the touching video below:
You can play a role in the rebuilding effort merely by visiting. Be in the room where it happens and let the theatricality of Hamilton affect you while effecting positive change in Puerto Rico.
Few things appeal to me less than being trampled by a half-priced mob on the day after Thanksgiving. I will go on record admitting I have never understood the appeal of Black Friday. On “the biggest shopping day of the year” I prefer to sit at home in my Snuggie, turkey leg in hand.
Still need a shopping fix? Relax. Our modern world-wide-world now offers a side dish of savings from the comfort of your home or office. This Cyber Monday—online shopping’s answer to Black Friday—resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Curaçao and Puerto Rico are warming up the season with more than just leftovers.
Remember, these deals must be booked on the Monday following Thanksgiving–CYBER MONDAY, November 28, 2011.
CASAMAGNA MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT – 65% Savings www.casamagnacancun.com Offer: Book your 2012 vacation on Cyber Monday and pay $99/night + tax, plus get a $50 resort credit and free room upgrade (subject to availability) Savings: 65% Details: Valid for travel Feb. 16, 2012 – March 31, 2012 Reservations: Visit www.casamagnacancun.com and input promo code D50
JW MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT & SPA – 58% Savings www.jwmarriottcancun.com Offer: Book your 2012 vacation on Cyber Monday and pay $179/night + tax, plus get a $50 resort credit and free room upgrade (subject to availability) Savings: 58% Details: Valid for travel Feb. 16, 2012 – March 31, 2012 Reservations: Visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com and input promo code D50
ARUBA MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO – 50% Savings www.arubamarriott.com Offer: Buy 2 nights and get 2 nights free Savings: 50% Details: Rates start at $359/night. Valid for travel from April 22, 2012 – December 21, 2012. Reservations: Visit www.arubamarriott.com and enter promo code D52
MARRIOTT HOTELS & RESORTS OF COSTA RICA – 35%-55% Savings www.marriott.com/costarica Offer: Book your 2012 vacation on CyberMonday and receive $79-$129 nightly rates. $79.00 plus tax per room/night at Courtyard San Jose Escazu (standard room) and Residence Inn San Jose Escazu (studio); $99.00 plus tax at Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose (deluxe room); and $129.00 plus tax per room/night at Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort (standard room) Savings: From 35% – 55% Details: Valid for travel from January 1, 2012 – December 20, 2012, except for a few blackout dates. Reservations: Visit www.marriott.com/costarica and enter promo code PR5
KURA HULANDA RESORTS, CURACAO – 35% Savings www.kurahulanda.com Offer: Buy two nights and get third night free Savings: 33% Details: Valid for travel through Dec 23, 2012. Black out dates: Dec 24, 2011 – Jan 02, 2012 Reservations: E-mail reservation request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877254 3106 and request Black Friday special
SAN JUAN MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO, PUERTO RICO – 30% Savings www.marriottsanjuan.com Offer: Receive 30% off all reservations Savings: 30% Details: From $132 per night. Bookings cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid for travel through Dec 24, 2011 and from April 10 – Sept. 30, 2012. Not valid for groups of 10 or more rooms. Reservations: Visit www.marriottsanjuan.com and enter promotional code D3Q
Three Caribbean resorts are offering a 24-hour sale on rooms booked on September 10, 2011. 1.
The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stelaris Casino is offering nearly 50% off resort rates, starting at $129 per night. Valid for travel through December 23, 2011.
For reservations visit www.arubamarriott.com or call 1.800.228.9290, and use promotional code D56. Click here to learn why you’ll be “One Happy Islander.” 2.
The Kura Hulanda Resorts in Curaçao are offering one night at a rate of $9.10, when purchased with another night at regular price, starting at $160 per night. Valid for travel through December 23, 2011.
For reservations visit www.kurahulanda.com. Click here to learn how “Curaçao imbues your tropical vacation with cultural authenticity.” 3.
The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico is automatically applying 30% off on all bookings made on 9/10/11, starting at $159 per night. Valid for travel through December 15, 2011.
For reservations visit www.marriottsanjuan.com or call 1.800.228.9290.
Remember all these offers must be booked on 9/10/11!