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Florida Gay Beaches

Author: 
Mark Haines
Curator: 
Declan Goode
The Florida peninsula is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something in the Sunshine State for everyone. Here's Mark's List of Florida's Gay & Lesbian Beaches.

Use these quick links or scroll down to view the various beaches:
Fort Lauderdale
Hollywood
Key West
Miami Beach
Sunny Isles
Pensacola Beach
Jacksonville
St Petersburg
Sarasota




Fort Lauderdale: Sebastian Street Gay Beach

Fort Lauderdale's Sebastian Street Gay Beach is located at Sebastian Street and North Fort Lauderdale Beach Dr. (A1-A), Fort Lauderdale. This is the most popular gay beach in Fort Lauderdale and the location is within a few blocks of many of Fort Lauderdale's Gay Resorts and Hotels, with the closest being the Coconut Cove Gay Gauesthouse. If you're looking for a landmark, the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale is right across the street.

More information and photos of the beach can be found here: Sebastian Street Gay Beach Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale: 18th Street Gay & Lesbian Beach

Fort Lauderdale's 18th Street Gay Beach is located at the intersection of 18th Street and Fort Lauderdale Beach Dr. (A1-A), Fort Lauderdale. Located at the North end of Fort Lauderdale Beach. This is a smaller, not as busy beach away from the main crowds. The beach tends to attract bears and leather men.



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Hollywood, FL: Gay & Lesbian Beach at Tyler Street

A few years ago some folks tried getting a Gay and Lesbian bar going on Hollywood's Broadwalk. The bar didn't fly, but if you're going to find a LGBT spot on Hollywood beach, it will still be where Tyler Street meets the beach.








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Miami Beach: 12th Street & Ocean Drive Gay & Lesbian Beach

12th Street & Ocean Drive, South Beach. This is the most popular Gay beach in Miami. Right across the street is the Palace Restaurant and Bar, a great place to relax and unwind after sunning. To find a hotel room near the beach use these link: Miami Gay and Lesbian Travel Guide Please note: the hotels in Miami are largely "Gay Friendly". There are only a couple of all gay hotels, with our favorite being the Hôtel Gaythering.
 
Photos and more information about the beach can be found here: 12th Street Gay Beach, Miami Beach


 

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Sunny Isles (Miami): Haulover Gay & Lesbian Nude Beach

Haulover (nude) Beach, A1-A, North Miami Beach. The Gay beach is located at the North end. Haulover has a unique status as the only legal nude beach in Florida. The nude area is clearly marked and easy to find. Sexual behavior is not tolerated and if reported could land you in trouble. Take lots of tanning lotion and keep your hands to yourself!
 
You can find out more, including a video, about the beach here: Haulover Nude Beach





 

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Key West: Smathers Beach Gay and Lesbian Beach

All of the beaches in Key West are man made. The islands are not suited to natural accumulations of sand. Named after Florida governor George Smathers the beach enjoyed a recent replenishment of sand.
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St Petersburg: Sunset Beach Gay & Lesbian Beach on Treasure Island

Those searching for Florida’s west coast gay beach will revel in the delights of Sunset Beach, located on southern tip of St. Pete’s Treasure Island.  The strip of beach once famous for housing double-story foam parties at the club Bedrocks now keeps the gay momentum alive with regular Sunday beach parties. Parties are most intense on Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day when Tampa hot spots even set up beachfront booze outlets (we are not sure this is still happening).

The crowd at the only LGBT beach in the Tampa Bay tends to be young, hot, somewhat cliquish gay men peppered with a few  lesbians. Beyond Sundays, Sunset Beach is hit or miss, but almost always occupied with a few stragglers. From a column by Paul Rubio in Amazing Gay Travel about Gay St Petersburg 

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Sarasota: North Lido Beach

Sarasota boasts three beautiful beaches, two have gay areas. Lido beach is just steps away from the fine shops located on John Ringling's St. Armand's Circle. Lido Beach is the site of a former Cannes-style casino and to this day has remained popular with European visitors. The gay beach is located at the north end near an inlet to Sarasota Bay from the Gulf of Mexico.
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Sarasota: Crescent Beach Gay & Lesbian Beach

Lido Beach tends to be a little more popular because of it's proximity to both Sarasota and Bradenton, but Sarasota's Siesta Key has so many hotel rooms that it makes traveling on and off the key impractical during the height of the season. The result is that many people find it easier and more enjoyable to sun on Crescent Beach near the south end of Siesta Key. Many people think that the pure white quartz sand naturally found on this beach make it one of the best beaches in the world. Amazingly, the quartz sand reflects the sun and stays cool even in mid-day sun in a hot Florida summer.


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Jacksonville: Ponte Vedra Gay & Lesbian Beach

Guana River State Park is located at Ponte Vedra Beach, about 15 south of Jacksonville. The beautiful, low-key beach has been on the Gay radar for quite some time. To find the Gay and Lesbian area, park in State Park's middle lot and walk to the north on the beach. 





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Pensacola Beach: Gulf Islands National Seashore Gay and Lesbian Beach

Florida's Panhandle city, Pensacola, has been a beach getaway for LGBT Southerners for years now, particularly on Memorial Day Weekend. Florida's panhandle is a quick drive for LGBT folks from Atlanta to Biloxi, Montgomery and New Orleans. The friendliest Gay beach is on County Road 399, about two miles past the Gulf Islands National Seashore sign.
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Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus Presents "Music of the Night"

 
Under the direction of Dr. Gary Keating, The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus presents "Music of the Night", their 29th season finale' concert! Join them as they share some of their favorite musical selections inspired by Music of the Night. Not only 'Phantom' but anything having to do with night or knight, be it the dark hours of the day or an artist named 'Knight'. One show only: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the NSU Art Museum, One East Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301. Tickets are $25 general admission and $40 Premium Seating (rows 4 - 8). You can find out more information about the event on Mark's List here: Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus Presents "Music of the Night"

H.I.I.T. Training at Bodytek Fitness

Do you know what the abbreviation H.I.I.T stands for? Most people have heard the term and know “HIIT” sounds fitness-related, right? Truth is, the term H.I.I.T describes the best proven way to lose weight—AKA “High Intensity Interval Training.” That is what Bodytek Fitness brings you—a revolutionary total body workout program, which was designed by owner Mike Verdugo to significantly improve your fitness health. Read more about H.I.I.T. after the Jump: H.I.I.T. Training at Bodytek Fitness 

Get Hukilau Festival Tickets

This year The Hukilau Festival will be hosting a “Three Hour Tour” Cruise with Dawn Wells, Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, on Friday June 12, 2015 from 12 – 4PM!  The cruise is a special $99 (Special Ticket Price for Mark’s List and HOTSpots Readers) for a chance to meet Dawn with open bar and food aboard the famous Lady Windridge Yacht! Find out more information and get tickets after the Jump: Get Hukilau Festival Tickets 

Key West Gay Pride 2015 Events Schedule

Key West Pride includes a Street Fair, Pride Parade, Pool Parties, Dance Parties, Sunset Sails, Comedy, Film and so much more! All set on a tropical island that is legendary for its laid back style and its open and accepting atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to party with friends, travel with family, or get lost in the magic of our tropical island, rediscover Key West and discover how one island’s One Human Family philosophy has created one of the most integrated and unique communities in the world! Be sure to check out the events schedule after the Jump: Key West Pride 2015 Events Schedule 

One Magical Weekend Events Guide

Kick off your Gay Disney 2015 weekend with RipTide at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark, the leading event of One Magical Weekend. The event takes place on Friday, June 5 from 7 pm to 2 am. Water slides, rides and waves will be at the center of this aquatic celebration and will kick off Gay Days in Disney's Magic Kingdom with a splash. Check out all of the events after the Jump: One Magical Weekend Events Guide 

Florida Couple Talks Upcoming SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

Can you imagine a world where all Americans finally have equal rights? Picture it: For better or for worse; For richer or for poorer; Till death do us part—for everyone. With the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality looming on the horizon, many LGBT couples are hopeful for a decision in their favor. Mark's List recently caught up with Todd and Jeffrey Delmay to discuss their life as a legally married gay couple, parenthood the upcoming decision by the Supreme Court. Read the full interview after the Jump: Florida Couple Talks Upcoming SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

GFLGLCC Quarterly Luncheon at Steak 954

Presented by HSBC, you are invited to the GFLGLCC Quarterly Networking Luncheon at Steak 954 (W Fort Lauderdale) on Tuesday, June 9 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Lunch includes three courses, beverage, tax & gratuity. The cost is $35 for GFLGLCC members and $40 for future members. For more information about the event e-mail keith@gflglcc.org. You can find out more about the Chamber on Mark's List here: GFLGLCC Quarterly Luncheon at Steak 954

CDC Photo Shoot Recruitment

Do you think you have what it takes? Penngood and Westat are supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by holding a talent search for individuals to be featured in a new national social marketing campaign to encourage HIV testing. It is part of the Act Against AIDS initiative and is slated to launch later this year with television, radio, digital and print advertisements. More information of the Jump: CDC Photo Shoot Recruitment 

Miami Beach Bruthaz 2015

Miami Beach Bruthaz is what it’s all about from Thursday, July 16 to Monday, July 20, 2015. Featuring appearances by Demetria McKinney of Real Housewives of Atlanta, actor Darryl Stephens (Noah's Arc), DJ Suspence and adult entertainer Castro Supreme, don't miss the South Beach experience with your Bruthaz at MBB. They've got the upscale white party, a serious hip hop party, a rooftop pool party, and many more events. You can find out more about Miami Beach Brutaz on Mark's List here: Miami Beach Bruthaz 2015

Going OUT in Miami or Miami Beach?

Here are the direct links to bars and restaurants that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Miami & Miami Beach this weekend: Club BoiThe Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering and Palace. More weekend party information on Mark's List after the Jump: OUT in Miami - Weekly Gay Party Guide

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this week? Here are direct links to gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale that support Mark's List: B.Bar & Grille, Boardwalk, Dapur, Dream Wine LoungeHuntersThe Manor, Progress BarRosie’s, Scandals Saloon, Sidelines Sports & Video Bar, The Stable & Village Pub. View all upcoming gay events in Fort Lauderdale here: Gay and Lesbian Bars Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors, Florida



May's Featured Bartender: Shane (Village Pub)

Since opening on The Drive, Village Pub has become one of the most popular places on the Wilton Manors nightlife scene. Originally from Philadelphia, bartender Shane has been part of Village Pub's success since the very beginning.  Mark's List recently caught up with Shane to talk about Village Pub and life in the South Florida sun. Read the full interview after the Jump: May's Featured Bartender: Shane (Village Pub) 

Generation Q: Coming Out with John Leguizamon

Do you remember the day you came out? The anxiety, the self-confidence, the pressure?  Juan Leguizamon, 18, came out to his "accepting" parents as a young freshman in high school, which is becoming more and more of a cultural norm in the age of "Generation Q." Mark's List recently spoke with Juan about his coming out process and what it's like for an LGBTQ youth in 2015. Read the full interview after the Jump: Generation Q: Coming Out with John Leguizamon

Jappel Tech & Resale Technology Advisors

Jappel Tech in Oakland Park offers repairs and tech help for Mac & PC, iPhone, iPad and more. All advisors are Apple certified.  Some of the other services include virus removal, computer tune ups and small business web sites. Find out more information after the Jump: Jappel Tech & Resale Technology Advisors

Sunday Brunchic at Palace

There's always something fabulous happening at Palace. Featuring unlimited mimosas and drag shows all day long, check out Sunday Brunchic every week. With two seatings at 11:30 am & 2 pm, order your favorites from the delicious new brunch menu. Still hungry for more fun? Don't miss the T-Dance at 4 pm. Be sure to grab all the details after the Jump: Sunday Brunchic at Palace

Dapur's Bubble Bash Thursdays

Featuring $8 flutes & $35 bottles of wine, Dapur Asian Tapas Restaurant & Lounge hosts Bubble Bash Thursdays every week.  Also, don't miss happy hour from 5 to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday and all night on Sunday. Dapur is also now open for lunch from noon to 2:30 pm. You can get the location and more information about Dapur after the Jump: Dapur's Bubble Bash Thursdays

Rosie's Fantastic Sunday Funday Brunch

Every Sunday, ‪‎Rosie‬'s in ‪Wilton Manors serves up some of the best reasons to get out of bed. See and be seen at Sunday Brunch while digging into some of the tastiest pancakes, waffles and eggs Benedict in the area. If breakfast food isn't your style, try the featured "Bow Wow" burger, a delicious wrap or a tasty salad. Are you on a liquid diet? Be sure to get all the details about Rosie's Sunday Brunch menu after the Jump: Sunday Brunch at Rosie's in Wilton Manors

B.Bar & Grille Presents Trannie Palace Sundays

Join Misty Eyez and her cast of drag performers, including Amanda Austin, Noel Leon, Twat LaRouge, Athena Dion and Nicole Halliwell, every Sunday night for Trannie Palace at B.Bar and Grille. Showtime is at 10:30 pm. More information about B.Bar & Grille and Trannie Palace after the Jump: Misty Eyez Hosts Trannie Palace Sundays at B.Bar & Grille

Scruffy Puppy Offers Professional Pet Styling

We know you love your pets, and they deserve the utmost when it comes to pampering and grooming. Scruffy Puppy Pet Salon is a full service mobile pet salon. They specialize in treating your pets with the most luxurious treatments. Find out more information or set up an appointment after the Jump: Scruffy Puppy Offers Professional Pet Styling

Rooster Auditions Every Sunday at The Floppy Rooster

Do you think you have what it takes to join the Roosters? The Floppy Rooster holds auditions for new cast members every Sunday. Sip on $3 domestic beers and $4 well cocktails. Only $5 cover before midnight. Find out more information about The Floppy Rooster after the Jump: Rooster Auditions Every Sunday at The Floppy Rooster

4Ever Young Anti Aging Solutions Offers Free Consultations

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Sushi Song Fridays & Saturdays at Dream Wine Lounge

Nothing sets off a Hiro Saketini like Sushi Song’s Sushi. That’s right! Dream Wine Lounge now features Sushi Song sushi every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 pm. You can get the location and find out more about Dream Wine Lounge on Mark's List here: Sushi Song Fridays & Saturdays at Dream Wine Lounge

Enjoy Great Sales at Adam's Interiors

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