Sergio and I spent a long weekend in San Juan. Although Boston’s winter has been mild, it was nice to get away to enjoy a Puerto Rican winter for a few days. It had been several years since we’d last been to the La Concha Resort in San Juan and it was nice to return to this friendly and familiar Caribbean get away.
Our days consisted of deciding if we should lay out at the pool or beach and walking around our hotel grounds and the neighboring Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. In the evenings Sergio played a bit with the slot machines and I enjoyed some time at the roulette tables and both of us walked away the poorer for our efforts. However the Veuve Clicquot was so plentiful at La Concha’s bar our casino losses were a pittance as compared to our budget for Champagne.
The man candy never disappoints at La Concha and neighboring Vanderbilt Hotel proved to have equally if not superior eye candy. Above are a few photos of the guys we enjoyed chatting with and ogling over the weekend.
If you are planning a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico let me know and I’d be happy to provide recommendations on places to go and restaurants to try.
Today is our last day full day at La Concha Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The long weekend in the sun has been more relaxing than I would have guessed. It will be a sad return to Boston when we board our plane on Sunday to go home.
Just in case anyone is wondering, unfortunately, this guy was not staying at our resort.
Sergio and I are heading to San Juan for a few days in the sun. While Boston may not have been hit as hard as DC, Philadelphia and NYC we did get way more than the 3″ of snow predicted and we are looking forward to trading our coats and gloves for flip flops and swimsuits.
Sergio and I have been visiting Puerto Rico for several years and it never disappoints. I’m sure I’ll be snapping photos and posting them on my Twitter and Instagram accounts. Below are a few photos of some of the men who added to the natural beauty that surrounded us on past trips.
This past November I wrote about and encouraged you to take the 20th Annual LGBT travel survey by Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) Inc. Nearly 4,000 LGBT respondents shared their thoughts and a few weeks ago CMI published their findings. Below are some of the findings that caught my eye.
Where the boys are: New York is again the most popular LGBT destination across all categories, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago, which are tightly grouped in 2nd place. For the first time Rehoboth Beach, DE and Nashville, TN entered the survey’s top-20 destinations.
Hotel brands: Marriott was named as the top hotel brand recognized for their LGBT outreach efforts and W Hotels was named the as the top boutique brand.
The sharing economy: 21% of lesbians and 17% of gay men booked lodging through shared economy websites (think AirBNB, MisterBNB, etc…) The shared economy websites as CMI refers to them were used most often because they were more affordable but LGBT travelers also cited the ability to stay in specific neighborhoods as a contributing reason.
If you would like to read the full report, CMI asks that you register to receive a free copy, which you can do here.
The Week Sao Paulo
Earlier this month Sergio and I spent our last few nights in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo. This sprawling city is one of the largest in the world. If you don’t know your way around you could easily find yourself lost or worse, leaving without ever getting a chance to see what the city has to offer.
For more than 15 years I’ve been visiting Sao Paulo and I’ve never had a bad stay. That is due in part to having friends in the city and a partner who many years ago briefly lived there. It would be impossible to talk about all that the city offers in a single post so I’ve opted to share a few tips and links to related posts below.
If you visit Sao Paulo, I’d strongly recommend that you stay in the Jardims (Gardens District). Most of the gay population either lives or plays there and there is no shortage of great restaurants and shopping available. I can offer some recommendations and share where Sergio and I like to stay when we visit.
Just a few blocks away from where we usually stay is Bella Paulista (shown above). Bella Paulista is open 24/7 and always seems to be bustling. When we grabbed a late night ice cream we were mildly entertained by two men who couldn’t keep their hands off each other while they waited in line. PDA with gay couples is rare, and I was heartened by the site and the fact that nobody seemed to bat an eye; this wouldn’t be the case in most other neighborhoods.
If you will be traveling to Sao Paulo and have any questions, feel free to give me a shout and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Here are a few posts I’ve written in recent years about Sao Paulo:
The Week – Sao Paulo: Probably my favorite gay night club in the world.
Hotel Unique and The Sky Bar: My favorite place to grab a pre-dinner cocktail.
Spot: Every gay man at some point will come here for drinks or dinner.
Shopping in Sao Paulo: Go for it – the dollar is ridiculously strong right now.
The fact that airline travel can be incredibly unpleasant at times isn’t news to anyone. Part of the frustrations we experience (in my opinion) is due to the fact that the American public has become increasingly rude and selfish, but another part of that equation is directly related to the fact that airline employees are poorly staffed, managed and compensated. This post is regarding problems that sometimes emerge due to the latter; the fault of the airlines.
Last month the Huffington Post had an interesting article about what the U.S. Government is doing about airline complaints. The author of the article, Christopher Elliott writes, “For years, the Transportation Department relied on big fines to deter violations of federal law by airlines. Under the current leadership, however, the emphasis seems to be shifting to advocacy for individuals.”
What I take away from this article is that you need to be your own advocate if an airline has not honored their commitment or may have violated airline travel rules and the US DOT can be a valuable resource for you. If you have a legitimate complaint about an airline violating rules / regulations the article encourages you to reach out to the DOT online at transportation.gov/airconsumer or by phone at (202) 366-2220.