San Francisco might be home to the biggest gay community in the USA but Gran Canaria is the gay centre of Europe. If you’re not gay, it won’t make any difference to you because there are plenty of couples and families on holiday too. But if you are gay, you will find many other gay people, gay bars, gay restaurants, gay hairdressers, gay gyms etc. There is virtually no homophobia here because the locals are brought up with it.
The Yumbo Centre in Playa del Inglés is very well known. It is a huge 3 storey centre, packed with shops, restaurants and bars. In the daytime you can eat lunch or do some shopping and by night it is transformed into bar heaven. Anything goes and if you want to “dress up” you can. In fact, you can see many sights, such as transvestites, men in skimpy thongs and make up, butch lesbians. Everyone is friendly and open and whether you are gay, straight or bisexual, everything is tolerated.
Some of the bars are strictly gay only, some are mainly for gay people and others are family bars, where you can sing on the karaoke or have a go at bar quizzes. There are also “cruising bars” with darkrooms (use your imagination!)
Even if you are staying in Puerto Rico, the restaurants, bars and shops are gay-friendly but there are nowhere near as many gay bars as in Playa del Inglés.
If you are gay, Gran Canaria is a great place to take a holiday in 2008 because there are plenty of like-minded people here and you can dress and act as you like!