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Spring Break Takeover: Puerto Rico


Sand, sun, and dozens of LGBTQs from across the US.

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Spring Break Takeover: Puerto Rico


Sand, sun, and dozens of LGBTQs from across the US.

Ah, spring break. The greatest, straightest tradition of late March. Ever wonder what it would be like to make spring break gay? Wonder no more. TWC Travel is bringing hundreds of LGBTQs together for four nights of sun and fun in Puerto Rico, March 25-29, 2015. It’s our biggest gaycation yet, and you’re invited.

Why Travel With TWC?
It's everything you want in a vacation, without the hassle of planning it yourself. We book the hotel, orchestrate nightlife takeovers, score discounts on all the fun activities, and ply you with killer swag. You just book the flight. Come solo or with friends. We’ll introduce you to the pack.

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Dates: March 25-29, 2015

Hotel: La Concha Resort & Casino

Schedule highlights:

  • TWC Welcome Party on March 25
  • Discounted water activities at Condado Lagoon, including snorkeling, kayaking, pedal boating, windsurfing, and sunset paddle board yoga. (It's a thing.)
  • Nightly takeovers of Puerto Rico's hottest bars, including a special TWC party at Circo Bar, the largest gay club in all of the Caribbean. 
  • Discounted group adventures like zip lining, cave rappelling, canopy bridges, and off-roading. 
  • Check out our sample itinerary and FAQs.


Rooming:

  • If you’re coming solo, click "Participate as an individual". If you purchase a ticket for 2 or 4 to a room, we'll match you with roommates (and new besties). 
  • If you’re coming with friends but want to buy all of the tickets at once, click “Participate as an individual” and select the number of tickets you want. Just remember, you’ll be the person receiving the email with all of the information for your friends and will need to forward it to them before the trip.
  • If you’re coming with a group that wants to room together but you don't want to buy all of the tickets yourself, click "Create a group." Your friends will be able to join your group as long as you give them the group name, and you'll all be placed together. Just make sure everyone buys the same type of ticket.
  • If you accidentally register as an individual then want to join a group to stay with your friends, check out this post on how to get into a group.

What about flights? Help!
Don’t you worry, TWC is here to help make the process as simple and affordable as possible. 

  • Step One: Create a Kayak account and set a price alert for 3/25-3/29 from your city to San Juan (SJU). 
  • Step Two: Check your daily Kayak email to see the current price for your flights. 
  • Step Three: Purchase your flights when you see the lowest price. Kayak’s email will note whether the price dropped, increased, or saw no change. They also provide a confidence rating on their website and a recommendation on whether you should purchase or wait. We anticipate roundtrip flights from most cities will cost $375-425. 
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Spring break FAQs


Get your TWC Spring Break questions answered

Spring break FAQs


Get your TWC Spring Break questions answered

TWC Travel is bringing hundreds of LGBTQs together for four nights of sun and fun in Puerto Rico, March 25-29, 2015. To help prepare you for the takeover we thought we'd go ahead and answer some the questions that might pop up.

TRAVELING
1) I'm not sure how to track flight prices to get the best deals. Help!
Don’t you worry, TWC is here to help make the process as simple and affordable as possible. 

  • Step One: Create a Kayak account and set a price alert for 3/25-3/29 from your city to San Juan (SJU). 
  • Step Two: Check your daily Kayak email to see the current price for your flights. 
  • Step Three: Purchase your flights when you see the lowest price. Kayak’s email will note whether the price dropped, increased, or saw no change. They also provide a confidence rating on their website and a recommendation on whether you should purchase or wait. 
  • Also take a look at one way flights! Sometimes finding two one-way fares ends up being the cheaper option.

2) When's check-in and check-out time?
You can check in at 4pm on Wednesday, March 25. Check out will be at noon on Sunday, March 29. Let us know when your flight gets in (travel@thewelcomingcommittee.com), and we'll try to coordinate cab rides from the airport.


STAYING/PLAYING/GETTING AROUND:
1) What is the resort like?
La Concha happens to be one of the top rated resorts in Puerto Rico and we also made sure to grab all Ocean View rooms so you get to wake up to crashing waves and beautiful beaches each morning. There's also a fitness center and casino on-site, along with 5 restaurants and bars to choose from.

2) I'd like to exercise while I'm there. What are my options?
La Concha has a full fitness center with weights and cardiovascular equipment. They also offer a variety of exercise classes like yoga, cycling, meditation, and zumba, all of which are free to La Concha guests.

3) If I don't want to walk, how can I get around?
You can always get around by cab if something's a bit too far out of the way to get to or if you'd rather not walk. Cabs in Puerto Rico operate on a standard base fare according to 5 different zones. Go here if you want to see the taxi fares and zones described in more detail.

4) Can you give me a sense of the itinerary?
Sure thing! TWC itineraries are always optional but we like having programmed activities for those of you who are interested in spending some time with other members. We're still putting together some of the finishing touches on the final schedule but here's an idea of what you can expect:

Wednesday, March 25:

  • Check in starting at 4pm, find your TWC gift bag and bottle of champagne in your room, take a balcony selfie
  • Get settled and head to the Lobby Bar & Lounge with your two free drink vouchers for cocktail time
  • Head over to Oceano for a TWC welcome party to meet your new friends from 8 different cities


Thursday, March 26:

  • Wake up and grab some breakfast! You can either hit the hotel buffet or head out to the beachside Ben & Jerry's CafeCrepeMaker Condado, or Pinky's 
  • Hit the waves and the sun! Your TWC travel captains with be on Condado Beach for reading/swimming/beach games in the morning
  • Walk over to Condado Lagoon for discounted water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing
  • Afternoon ice cream party at beachside Ben & Jerry's
  • Join TWC takeover-ers to have dinner in La Placita de Santurce, an open plaza with 15+ restaurants
  • Evening takeover at Barrachina, home of the original pina colada in Old San Juan


Friday, March 27:

  • Hit the beach with TWC members!
  • Day trip to Old San Juan with visits to Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, historic San Juan Cemetery and El Morro Fort
  • Grab tapas and cocktails at Solena, La Concha's hotel bar, located on the poolside terrace
  • Make your way over to Casino del Mar, La Concha's on-site casino, with your $10 voucher to try your hand at any of their table games or slot machines
  • Pre-parties in designated hotel rooms to get ready to hit Circo Bar, the largest gay nightclub in the Caribbean. They know we're coming and they're VERY excited about it
  • Dance and drink all night! Circo Bar usually stays open until 5am but the owner assured us they'd stay open until 7am for those really looking to dance past dawn


Saturday, March 28:

  • Hop the bus to head out for a day of Ziplining at Puerto Rico's longest ziplining adventure park, where you can also partake in activities like cave rappelling and walking through the rainforest canopy on man-made bridges
  • Head back to the hotel and hit the beach or make your way back to Old San Juan for more exploring
  • Grab dinner at the roof top and mezzanine of Saint Germain in Sol Street and go bar hopping at La Factoria, Lupulo, and Beer Bar in Old San Juan
  • Walk over to MoonBar where TWC is teaming up to throw a party with Joy Events (Puerto Rico's LGBTQ part promoter) where you'll get to meet, dance, and drink with Puerto Rico's LGBTQ locals!
  • Head back to Circo Bar for an after-hours party if you want to keep the night going!

Sunday, March 29:

  • Wake up and hang out poolside/beachside with TWC's travel captains and all of your new friends for the morning!
  • Grab your things and check-out of the hotel at 12pm
  • Head to the airport and giggle about all of your new braggable stories


EATING/DRINKING:
1) What are some of my options if I don't want to always eat at the hotel?

If you don't want to hang out at the hotel to eat all day, the central location of where we're staying has a lot to offer within walking distance. The CrepeMaker Condado has salads and crepes for under $15 and is a 6 minute walk down Avenida Ashford. If you're in the mood for a sandwich costing you less than $10, Pinky's is 12 minutes by foot and has a range of options. It also opens at 7am for those of you who are early risers. For other brunch/breakfast options, there's Ben & Jerry's Condado right next to the hotel and on the beach. They open at 9am and serve brunch, lunch, ice cream, and espresso drinks. 

A little further out, but great for a variety of dinner options, is La Placita de Santurce, an open plaza with 15+ restaurants in old San Juan.

2) Are there markets nearby if I want to get snacks?
Yes, yes, and yes. There are also mini-fridges located in each of the rooms so you can store snacks and meals if you'd like! There are three markets located within a 17 minute walk of the hotel including:
Freshmart, Eros, and SuperMax

3) What are my options if I'd like to eat and drink at the resort?
To start the trip off you'll get two drink vouchers to use at La Concha - those should be in your room when you arrive. From there you can choose from five different restaurant options that include tapas, sushi, italian food, quick coffee and breakfast items, and a luxury seafood restaurant.

Other than the cafe, each of the restaurants also has a wide range of liquor, beer, and wine options. At night, the hotel's lobby turns into a nightlife venue with different parties and DJs rotating through.

 

What if I have questions that you didn’t answer?
That’s easy! Just email Ashley at ashley@thewelcomingcommittee.com. Her carrier unicorns are on holiday, so electronic communication is best at this time.

Or you could just ask Ryan:
(Caution: advice may be terrible/hilarious.)

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Spring Break Itinerary


Please note that all activities are optional - you can participate in as much or as little as you’d like!

Spring Break Itinerary


Please note that all activities are optional - you can participate in as much or as little as you’d like!

Wednesday, March 25

4:00pm or later: Arrive at ‘La Concha - A Renaissance Resort’
1077 Ashford Ave, San Juan, PR 00907
878.721.7500

Note: there is another “La Concha” in Arecibo - ours is the Renaissance Resort in San Juan
After checking in to your room, text Gena (508.450.5608) or Ashley (617.504.1576) to let them know you've arrived! They'll stop by your room to welcome you and/or tell you the first spot where we are meeting up.

 

7:00pm: Dinner at La Concha
We recommend tapas at Solera, the poolside lounge, or Lobby Bar, where you can grab a flatbread or sandwich. TWC Travel Captains will be there to greet you.

8:30pm: Welcome Drinks at Oasis (6 Calle Condado)
Group departs from the lobby at 8:30pm. Oasis is just down the street, about a 5 minute walk.

 

Thursday, March 26

9:00am: Vinyasa Yoga, La Concha Fitness Center
Class runs 45 minutes. Space is limited - classes hold 15.

10:00am: Find your captain at the #TWCSpringBreak Beach Hub
We’ll have someone from TWC staff at this designated spot every day from 10am to 3pm. Check GroupMe for the specific location.

10:45am: Water Activities at Condado Lagoon (depart lobby at 10:45am)
Your welcome bag includes $5 off an hour rental for paddle boarding or kayaking. You can use the voucher with the group or on your own time during the trip.

3:00pm: Ice Cream Break at Ben & Jerry’s (1049 Ashford Ave)
Located behind the hotel on the west end of Condado Beach, meet us for a sweet treat.

6:30pm: Head to Old San Juan
We’ll meet in the lobby to coordinate cabs and head to St. Germain for tapas! If you'd rather grab dinner somewhere else you can join the group for the bar crawl at 9pm.

7:00pm: Dinner at the Mezzanine at St Germain (156 Calle Sol)
Join us in Old San Juan at a cocktail bar for tapas, cocktails, and spectacular views.

9:00pm: Bar Crawl in Old San Juan

1) Barrachina (9-10) (104 Calle Fortaleza) 
Home of the original Pina Colada! They'll even give you a cup to-go!

2) La Sombrilla Rosa (10-11) (154 Calle San Sebastian) 
Thursdays at La Sombrilla Rosa features live reggae and $1 jello shots.

3) La Factoria (11-12) (148 Calle San Sebastián)
Cocktail Bar open until 2am with 4 different rooms, DJs and dancing 

 

Friday, March 27

6:55am: Yunque Rainforest Tour
Pre-purchased tickets only. Meet in the lobby at 6:55am for prompt departure.

10:00am: Find your captain at the #TWCSpringBreak Beach Hub
Check GroupMe or ask your travel captains for the specific location.

2:00pm: Rainforest Tour returns to La Concha. Free time for beach, pool, casino, etc.

6:00pm: Dinner in La Placita (Plaza del Mercado Santurce)
Group departs lobby at 6:00pm for the 15 minute walk. This open square has a variety of options for dinner as well as live salsa music! TWCers can break off into groups to try whatever they’d like.

10:00pm: Pregame at La Concha Lobby Bar's Finlandia Vodka Party
San Juan's hotel lobby bars play host to some of the city's best nightlife! We'll gather here to get ready for dancing with DJ Mike at La Concha's weekly Finlandia party. 

11:30pm: Circo Bar (Calle Condado 650)
Group departs lobby at 11:30pm to walk 12 minutes to Circo Bar, the largest gay nightclub in the Caribbean.


Saturday, March 28

9:30am: Day trip to Old San Juan
We’ll meet in the lobby at 9:30am and to split off into groups based on activity and sight-seeing interests. Places to visit include: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Cemeteria Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis, El Morro Fort, and Jardin Botanico.

10:00am: Find your captain at the #TWCSpringBreak beach hub
Check GroupMe or ask your travel captains for the specific location.

5:00pm: Happy Hour at Atlantic Beach Hotel (1 Vendig St)
Located just next door to La Concha, this is a popular LGBTQ hangout with happy hour specials.

7:00pm: Free time for dinner on your own, casino, etc.

10:00pm: Drinks & DJ at La Concha Lobby Bar
We'll start Saturday night at the lobby bar for DJ WCB, grab a few drinks, and then head back to Circo Bar for our last night of drinking and dancing. Be sure to invite everyone you met at the Atlantic Beach Hotel earlier in the day. 

11:30pm: Circo Bar (Calle Condado 650)
Group departs lobby at 11:30pm to walk 12 minutes to Circo Bar, the largest gay nightclub in the Caribbean.
 

Sunday, March 29

11:00am (or earlier): Check Out
If you’d like a late check out, please call the front desk 24 hours in advance. If your flight leaves later in the afternoon, you can leave your bags with the front desk for safekeeping during the day.

And throughout the trip we'll be playing our version of the age-old tradition of BINGO! Post photos that represent the descriptions in the image below, tag them with #TWCSpringBreak, and the first person to get four in a row wins!

 


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Spring Break Packing List


5 Days, 4 Nights, Countless Memories

Spring Break Packing List


5 Days, 4 Nights, Countless Memories

Greetings Gaycationers!  

We've assembled a packing list to help you prepare for our epic Spring Break in Puerto Rico. Rest assured that if you forget anything, there are plenty of convenience stores in close proximity to the resort. The average temperature during our stay is forecasted to be low 70s to mid 80s.

 

Things you need:

  • your ID*

  • cash

  • debit/credit card

  • phone charger

  • 5 daytime outfits

  • 4 nighttime outfits - we’ll be going to some fabulous gay nightclubs, so have fun with this!

  • bathing suit(s)

  • pajamas

  • light jacket or sweater for at night

  • socks and underwear

  • flip flops or beach shoes

  • nighttime shoes for going out

  • toothbrush & toothpaste

  • sunscreen for face & body

  • deodorant

  • your makeup, perfume, hair products

  • medications you take regularly

Additional items you’ll probably want:

  • water bottle

  • sunglasses

  • beach towel

  • camera

  • reading material

  • comfortable walking shoes

  • yoga clothes - for Thursday morning class (optional)

  • comfortable clothes for your return on Sunday

If you are participating in the Yunque Rainforest Hike, you will need:

  • sneakers or other close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet

  • daypack or bag you can carry with you

  • rain gear (poncho or raincoat)

*Note: a passport is not required to travel to Puerto Rico, but if you have one, it’s a good idea to bring it.