Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Around SDQ

Independence Park

Coconut Vendor on Malecon

Revolutionary Party building on Independence Avenue

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


One anonymous reader commented on the recent San Juan post about the city being over-priced and drug infested. He suggested I avoid San Juan and I guess he'd rather I stick with vacationing in Santo Domingo. Everyone knows SDQ doesn't have a problem with illegal drugs whatsoever. LOL

The truth is this: most caribbean nations, as well as more developed nations, are having struggles combating drugs. The Dominican Republic is actually a hotbed of activity for drug traffickers, causing the country to depend on assistance from the US and others to help protect its borders and citizens.

Remember the headlines of Jamaica a short while ago? The law enforcement officials were at witsend while trying to track down and capture a drug kingpin who had unbelievable support in the inner city areas of Kingston. Gang members kept police at bay for weeks before the guy was captured.

Shall we visit beautiful Brazil? No drugs there, right? The Bahamas? Costa Rica? Grenada?

Suffice it to say I will not deter my travel plans because a few people have had a few problems in one place or another. I stand firm in the belief that one should exercise caution, common sense and discretion wherever they travel. If you invite trouble it will come.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Miami In May

It's time to book your trip to Miami for the Memorial Day Weekend event! Sizzle Miami continues to be the hottest thing happening for the season!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Sunny San Juan

My friends and I are planning a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico later in the year. I would greatly appreciate feedback from readers living in San Juan, or those who have frequented the island. All suggestions (or warnings, LOL) will be considered.

Here is what I've found out so far...

The island of Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. Therefore, the currency is the US dollar and passports are not necessary for US citizens. The island continues to hold to its spanish heritage, but the english language is widely spoken, particularly in urban areas.

Attitudes toward gays are becoming more tolerant, but discretion is appreciated and expected.

Ocean Park has a gay-friendly beach, Condado Beach is THE beach and also has a visible gay scene with clubs, cafes and beach hideaways. The Santurce area is a nice district for gay activity as well.

It is recommended that one use metered cabs only and make sure the meter is turned on!

Ambiente.us is the LGBT publication for San Juan. They provided information on gay social life. Circo Bar has themed nites and is open Tuesday-Sunday. Club Lazer is open weekends, has 3 levels and is located in Old San Juan. Club Eros/Krash Club is open Wednesday-Sunday and located in Santurce. The common theme is strippers on Saturdays. There is also a sauna (bathhouse) called Steamworks in Old San Juan that is popular with locals and tourists.

Accomodations at Wind Chimes Inn are gay-friendly and many people like the San Juan Beach Hotel.
Any recommendations on affordable hotels close to gay activity or any tourist activities that are a must-do?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Camming In Columbia

The internet has opened the world to people even in once remote places. I'm so glad about that!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Click on the ads for great deals!