How to have a tropical destination wedding without traveling abroad

If you’re looking for a luxurious place for a destination wedding, Puerto Rico might pleasantly surprise you. From friendly queer locals to days on the beach or a kayak trip at night in the bioluminescent bay, your tropical stay is sure to be unforgettable.

Whether searching for absolute luxury or a more affordable option, these Marriott properties on the island have just what you need.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

Love birds choose the luxury of Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve property located off the beaten path, for its seclusion and pampering atmosphere.

Have dinner next to the ocean. Play golf. Enjoy one of the most beautiful spas in the world and get pampered. Go to the beach. Enjoy cocktails made with their own high-end rum, shopping, two pools, and a fitness center. Stroll through the reserve. At Dorado Beach, luxury is the point.

The happy couple can even have butler service if they’d like.

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

If you’d rather stay closer to people, you can’t beat La Concha, a hotel and casino located in the middle of everything. This popular hotel is located in San Juan’s Condado district near the beach. Steps from the ocean and complete with a retro 50s vibe, the lobby bar will make you want to say “yas,” and the friendly staff will ensure your big day is a personal treat.

Nestled oceanside is the hotel’s jewel, La Perla. The pearl-themed room’s graceful arches and color story give you the impression of being caught inside a shell. A private elevator can take guests directly to the rooftop for some of the most spectacular views of Condado Beach available.

The hotel’s chef is a culinary whiz, capable of creating delicacies worthy of the poshest reception and rehearsal dinner.

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The San Juan Marriott Resort, just steps away from La Concha, also boasts spectacular views of the ocean, a massive amount of reception space, a ballroom, and plenty of room for an outdoor reception or ceremony.

Your backdoor is the beach at the Marriott, but the hotel’s gorgeous pool facilities are perfect for sunning and the kids. You can even grab lunch or drinks at the poolside restaurant. And once you get outdoors, take a stroll. Multiple neighborhoods await exploration nearby, along with numerous beaches, and a quick taxi ride will get you to Old San Juan.

Plus, there’s a gay bar next door – Oasis Tapas & Lounge.

AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado

Finally, if you’d prefer to dial it back from butler service to beach towel and spend your time and money in the local community rather than resort fees, the AC Condado has you covered. Not only do you get to skip the extra costs, but you can also enjoy Marriott’s beach.

Perfect for a small wedding and reception, the hotel has a rooftop pool and both indoor and outdoor reception spaces with sweeping views of San Juan. Bespoke cocktails featuring local liquors and passed tapas would make any reception lovely before hitting the trail in the morning to the rainforest.

All photos courtesy of Danielle Klein Williams

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