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LGBTQ Destination Weddings in Puerto Rico

My partner, Heather, and I just returned from a wonderful stay at La Concha Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We were excited to check out this resort because one of their employees, Nidymar Boscano, recently became Equality Institute certified and we knew that San Juan specifically and Puerto Rico, in general, need tourism support. We wanted to give back to an island that we feel is being neglected by our government.

This trip was my first time truly exploring San Juan. La Concha is located in Condado, an area of San Juan with beautiful warm, soft sandy beaches and wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. But truly, there’s no need to leave the hotel to dine, because the restaurants and pools on the property are spectacular, with locally sourced, fresh cuisine. We simply loved staying here. We stayed in in Ocean Tower Suite with a beautiful balcony overlooking the Caribbean (and the adult-only pool) and a generous, well appointed kitchen. From the moment we arrived at La Concha, the service was outstanding. And most importantly, we always felt comfortable being open holding hands and being ourselves on the property and throughout San Juan.

La Concha has some beautiful spots for weddings of all sizes, and their weddings team is very experienced with destination weddings in general and same-sex weddings specifically. We know that their experience, coupled with our training, will ensure that all LGBTQ couples have an amazing time at this resort.

Because Puerto Rico in a U.S. territory and thus does not require passports for Americans, and is a direct flight away from many U.S. cities, it’s an outstanding choice for LGBTQ couples seeking a super LGBTQ-friendly beach destination and affordable destination wedding venue. In San Juan and at La Concha, you can have it all - and we did. We explored Old San Juan and the history of the fort, La Morra. We visited the local beach / gay beach and we ate (and drank!) our way through the city. The live music is fantastic. The piña coladas are abundant and the people are kind and joyful. Here are some of the beautiful photos of La Concha.

LGBT Weddings in Puerto Vallarta

This month, my partner and I visited the Almar Luxury Suite Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We knew that PV was a very popular gay destination, but neither of us had been before despite having traveled to many other parts of Mexico. We didn't quite know what to expect but we were greeted at the airport and brought to this spectacular property with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean from every suite. Almar is a straight-friendly LGBT resort, and this was also our first time staying at such a place. As an LGBT resort we were greeted with rainbow cookies and guava juice at check-in. The rainbow cookies were an adorable touch. 

We stayed in a one-bedroom jacuzzi suite with two balconies featuring incredible sunset view views. The suites are all new as the property is technically still under construction with about 40 rooms currently available and another 50 available in the coming few months. Everything is brand-new in the space. The kitchen is high-end. There is plenty of space in the suite for entertaining and there are even two bathrooms with L'Occitane amenities.

After we explored our suite, we made our way down to the Mantamar Beach Club which is owned by Almar. Because Almar is tucked up in the hill you either have to walk downstairs to the beach club or take their shuttle bus. The beach club is extraordinary. First of all, the food and beverages are great. Many of the chairs on the sand have umbrellas and there are tons of beautiful cabanas for reservation at both the beach and pool areas. The service is wonderful, full of kind and lovely servers who really enjoy serving the LGBT guest. The infinity pool has a swim up bar and three Jacuzzi tubs. Mantamar is available to Almar guests and it's also available to the general public with a day pass. 

While we were there, we saw a wedding ceremony wedding reception set up in the restaurant. This reception had 49 guests who took over half of the restaurant which was set up in a semi-private way. We spoke to a number of the staff who informed us that weddings can be set up as a full buyout, on the beach, in the restaurant and any number of configurations. We think this is a great option for gay destination weddings.

Almar and Mantamar are amazing destinations for a luxury wedding for the gay traveler. The sunset from this particular part of the world is absolutely breathtaking. The shades of color that the sky turns are out of this world and something we won't soon forget.