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Coqui del Mar, San Juan, Puerto Rico

by Gaycation Magazine

Ocean Beach

The popular and very gay vacation destination of Puerto Rico—officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico—is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeastern Caribbean. It is situated east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U. S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. The fabulous beaches and bustling towns have made this a very popular and gay- friendly vacation playground.

The Coqui is a small frog native to Puerto Rico, which has been exported to zoos outside the islands, but it never survives long—legend has it that the coqui loves Puerto Rico so much that it just can’t bear to leave. You may feel the same after your stay in San Juan. You’ll hear the song of the Coqui every night throughout the island, though you are unlikely to actually see these reclusive frogs. The Coqui del Mar is a gay-owned guesthouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Enjoy the convenience of home for less than the price of a San Juan hotel. This is a surprisingly affordable Guest House in the very gay neighbourhood of Ocean Park located just minutes from the International airport and half a block from the beach.

Coqui Del Mar Guest House Entrance

Coqui del Mar is not a 5 STAR hotel, and you won’t find a hotel atmosphere here —but you will find a taste of the real Puerto Rico. You can live like a local in a guest house nestled in a beach side neighborhood, with personal yet unobtrusive service.

While you are staying at Coqui del Mar, you’ll see first-hand how the owner and staff work to provide an eco-friendly guest house. They offer recycling, utilize solar hot water heating, use a cistern to collect rainwater for outdoor watering, supplement room air conditioners with ceiling fans, and use green friendly cleaning products wherever possible. You will not find disposable mini soaps and shampoos but instead they offer larger in-shower soap dispensers.

You can mingle with other guests in the shared courtyard and barbeque area. There’s a free washer/dryer on site, as well as an outdoor shower for after the beach. Beach chairs, limited snorkel gear, coolers, boogie boards, board games, and two bicycles are available for guest use.

It is also possible to arrange for a surfing, diving, and kite boarding instructor who can meet you at Coqui del Mar for group or personalized lessons.

Comfortable Beds

This Old San Juan guesthouse is ideal for business travellers, budget minded persons, kite boarders, wind surfers, government employees, military, and gay and lesbian travellers to Puerto Rico.

Relaxing Spaces

Rooms and Suites Available:

  • El Mango – Sleeps 2 Queen Bed, No Kitchen
  • El Cangrejo – Sleeps 2 Full size Bed, Steam Shower
  • La Concha – Sleeps 2, Queen Bed
  • La Luna – Sleeps 4, Queen bed + Futon and Apple Computer
  • El Pescado – Sleeps 4, Queen Bed + Futon and Apple Computer
  • El Sol – Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms 3 baths, (2 queens and double bunkbed of full/twin) and Apple Computer.

All of the Guest House rooms are fully furnished, most including fully equipped kitchens with full size refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves. They even include a blender for those frozen drinks you may want to mix up. Linens, beach towels, beach umbrellas, beach chairs, coolers, and other gear are supplied. Daily maid service is provided, or if you prefer more privacy, then linens and towels can be exchanged anytime upon request. Rooms have wireless high-speed internet, IPOD docks, flat screen TVs with cable, and DVD players. Choose the spacious El Sol unit, or choose the more economical El Cangrejo.

The Guest House is located on the eastern side of the very gay Ocean Park and only half a block from the beach. The address is 2218 Calle General del Valle, San Juan, PR 00913. It is a two minute walk to the famous Ocean Park beaches, and a five minute walk to several restaurants, a playground, grocery store, or bus stop to go to Old San Juan or the casinos.

Lounge Areas

Noyda and her husband Neal are the on site managers at Coqui Del Mar. They call the place their home, and make you feel like it’s your home too. Rob is the gay owner of Coqui Del Mar and likes to visit to give Noyda and Neal some vacation time as well. He served in the Coast Guard and currently lives in Paris, France.

You do not need to know Spanish to visit and enjoy your Puerto Rico vacation. In the tourist areas of San Juan you will find most people speak fluent English. If you travel outside of San Juan it is helpful to know some Spanish, but it is not necessary.

Enjoy your gay vacation at this conveniently located eco-friendly Guest House.

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