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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Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

Lea DeLaria Talks Performance at Stonewall Museum & Archives Annual Gala

Lea DeLaria has entertained crowds across the country and worldwide for over 30 years. She has earned legions of fans through her stand-up comedy, for her bebop jazz music, for her performances on Broadway, and of course for her fan favorite turn playing "Big Boo" on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She returns to Florida for a special night indeed: the annual gala benefiting the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. Read what she had to say about her upcoming performance: Lea DeLaria Talks Performance at Stonewall Museum & Archives Annual Gala

Florida Celebrates One Year of Marriage Equality

After a landmark year in 2015, thousands of LGBT individuals have tied the knot and those weddings have certainly had a strong and favorable economic impact on our state. With more weddings, there are more venues booked, more guests coming in from out of town, staying in hotel rooms and dining out, more cakes baked, more flowers purchased. I could go on and on. The wedding industry is already massive right here at home and the gays and lesbians have just spent a year making it even better. But what’s the real economic impact that our nuptials are having? Read the full article: Florida Celebrates One Year of Marriage Equality

OUT in Wilton Manors & Fort Lauderdale

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this weekend? Here are direct links to featured gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs:

Ballz Sports BarDos CaminosLe Boy Strip ClubThe ManorProgress BarRosie’s Bar & Grill & Village Pub

OUT in Miami & South Beach

Going out in Miami or South Beach this weekend? Check out these direct links to some of the hottest bars and restaurants in the area:

Bailo Nightclub
Club Boi 3.0
The Floppy Rooster

Palace Bar & Restaurant
Wet Bar

The Floppy Rooster Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Join The Floppy Rooster in Miami as they celebrate their 2 Year Anniversary with a week of parties from Wednesday, February 3 to Sunday, February 7. Since opening their doors in 2014, The Floppy Rooster has showcased some of the sexiest men in South Florida and from around the world, including Hunter Vance and Javi D. Located just five minutes from the Miami International Airport, The Floppy Rooster is an all nude, all male establishment with great drink specials and bottle service.  Find out more information about The Floppy Rooster: The Floppy Rooster Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Super Bowl 50: Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos

If you're a big football fan, you're on pins and needles waiting for the 50th Annual Super Bowl match-up coming up on February 7. Over 114 million households watched last year's game featuring the Seahawks and the Patriots, and this year's audience is expected to be even bigger as the NFC champions, the Carolina Panthers, play the AFC champion Denver Broncos. Get all the details on the teams, the commercials and the halftime show: Super Bowl 50: Carolina Panthers Take on Denver Broncos

Mani Pedi Deals at Lavish Manors Nail Spa

Lavish Manors Nail Spa is a full service skin care and nail salon located in Wilton Manors, FL. The spa offers a full range of services, including manicures and pedicures, facial therapy, nail enhancements and waxing. They are known for their specialty nail care services, such as the Lavish Deluxe Manicure & the signature Organic Green Tea Lemon Grass Spa Pedicure. Find out more information after the Jump: Lavish Manors Nail Spa in Wilton Manors 

Saxophonist Dave Koz Talks Touring With Barry Manilow

After over four decades in the music industry, Barry Manilow is taking one last tour around the world. Unlike other singers who have gone back on their word, Manilow insists that his "One Last Time!" Tour will indeed be his last. World-renowned saxophonist and composer Dave Koz joins Barry Manilow for the "One Last Time!" Tour. Dave Koz has been recording albums in the smooth jazz genre for the last 25 years and has amassed a number of hits on the jazz charts. Koz recently talked about performing on the "One Last Time!" Tour: Saxophonist Dave Koz Talks Touring With Barry Manilow

Chord Overstreet Stars in '4th Man Out,' Opens Friday

4th Man Out, which hits theaters Friday, Feb 5th,  stars Parker Young (“Arrow”), Evan Todd (“Switched at Birth”), Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Chord Overstreet (“Glee”) and Jon Gabrus (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”). A hilarious mash-up of man-child and coming-out comedies, the film examines a small-town, blue-collar guy who lets his friends know he's gay - and what happens when they try to help him find a boyfriend. Both brashly funny and daring in its exploration of the kind of gay man we rarely see on the big screen, the film enjoyed a run at the Seattle Film Festival and also played at Outfest where it won “Best Dramatic Feature” as well as Toronto’s Inside Out where it was awarded “Best Narrative Feature.” For more information about the movie, go to: 4thmanout.com.

Mark Segal Calling Out Insensitive, Anti-Semitic Protest

In case you missed it, controversy started brewing last week during the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference. In an effort to quell growing protests from pro-Palestinian groups, the Task Force canceled an event sponsored by the Israeli LGBT group, A Wider Bridge. After backlash, they quickly reinstated the event, but the protesters stormed it, banging on walls of the hotel and causing hotel staff to call the police as the protesters took to the stage and refused to let the Israeli guests speak.

Take a look at this article by our friend Mark Segal, Publisher of Philadelphia Gay News. Segal, who recently published his memoir ¨And Then I Danced,¨ has been an LGBT activist since he was at the Stonewall in NYC the night the riots broke out. He is a Jewish gay man who points out that protesters at the events last week ignore the fact that Palestine outlaws homosexuality and it´s punishable there by death. Take a look at his column on EPGN.com and feel free to share you thoughts about this on our Facebook page.

Kiss Dental Problems Goodbye at Bayview Smile Design

Wanna kiss all your dental problems goodbye? Bayview Smile Design in Fort Lauderdale offers new patient dental packages starting at only $79, which includes a professional whitening kit.  Bayview Smile Design specializes in family and cosmetic dentistry.  Call today them today for a complimentary consultation: (954) 938-2447.  Get more information: Kiss Dental Problems Goodbye at Bayview Smile Design

Florida Grand Opera Presents Vincenzo Bellini's 'Norma'

The Florida Grand Opera presents Vincenzo Bellini's Norma from January 23 to February 13 with performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Synopsis: A clandestine love affair brings two extreme enemies together during a time of war. But when Norma discovers that her beloved now loves another, an impassioned new battle begins as betrayal, torment, and ferocity take the reins. The unforgettable conclusion entails an extraordinary public confession and the ultimate personal sacrifice.ary. Get all the details and ticket information: Florida Grand Opera Presents Vincenzo Bellini's Norma

Men's Dating App Daddyhunt Releases Full Serial Episodes

Are you on the hunt for a daddy? Well popular men's dating app Daddyhunt, which is described as "the largest gay personals site for daddies, bears and guys that love them," is showing that your daddy might just be around the corner in a five-part serial.  The episodes follow a young hunk as he moves into a new apartment and his growing attraction to a hot daddy who lives in the building. Check out all five episodes of Daddyhunt: The Serial:

 

DADDYHUNT: THE SERIAL ALL EPISODES Apps like Daddyhunt give us access to a world of men. But sometimes the best ones...

Posted by Daddyhunt on Saturday, January 30, 2016

Looking For Ideas? Valentine's Day Gift Guide: 2016

Valentine’s Day is a day designed to celebrate love and your loved ones. Whether you are gay, lesbian, straight, bi-sexual or transgendered everyone wants to be loved. We put together a list of items designed for the budget conscious consumer (after all if you are rich you don’t need our help…LOL) that you can give to your loved one(s) to celebrate this wonderful day of love. We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and remember to tell your loved one(s) that you love them every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!  Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2016

MIFF's World Premiere Screening of 'Restless Love'

Winter Party Festival teams up with Miami-Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival for the world premier screening of the film Restless Love. This Brazilian film (in Portuguese with English subtitles) focuses on three best friends: Julia has chosen to remain blind to the obvious signs that her current boyfriend is a two-timing cad, but her eyes are forced wide-open when she discovers that she is pregnant with his child. Diego (played by pop-rock star Thiago Pethit in his big-screen debut) is a party boy with daddy issues who can’t stay faithful to his sweet, dependable boyfriend. Micaela, meanwhile, is wasting her time chasing a bisexual actress who won’t even acknowledge their shared intimacy in private.



(Photo courtesy of Winter Party)

The 2016 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The 2016 event is from February 24-28. Find out more information about tickets: The 2016 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The Kravis Center Presents Cameron Carpenter Live

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts presents Cameron Carpenter and the Jacksonville Symphony featuring special guest Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, March 9 at 8 pm in Dreyfoos Hall. Former child prodigy Cameron Carpenter, whose repertoire ranges from Bach to film scores, plus original compositions and countless arrangements, is the firs concert organist to prefer a digital organ over a pipe organ. His debut album, If You Could Read My Mind, entered Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart at No 1. in 2014. Get all the details and tickets: Kravis Center Presents Cameron Carpenter and the Jacksonville Symphony

The 2016 Winter Party Festival Features World-Class DJ Lineup

The 2016 Winter Party Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever! With more tickets sold, new events, a world-class DJ lineup and the best venues, you don't want to miss a minute of the action. See you in Miami Beach, March 2-7, 2016! Passes and tickets available at www.winterparty.com.  Winter Party Festival is a fund and consciousness-raising event with proceeds going to South Florida organizations supporting the LGBTQ community and the National LGBTQ Task Force.

The 23rd Annual LGBT Expo Returns to NYC at the Javits Center

The LGBT Community’s most powerful business event returns to New York City for its 23rd consecutive year. The Javits Center hosts the Original LGBT Expo from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 13. Founded in 1993, the Original LGBT Expo is the largest and longest-running LGBT convention in the world celebrating diversity in business, education, politics, the arts, health, technology, media, travel, and non-profit sectors. Use promo code “Half16” for 2-4-1 tickets. Find out more information: thelgbtexpo.com

Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival Featuring Flo Rida

The Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival is a 5k walk fundraiser that takes place this year on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 9 am at South Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach to raise awareness and help reverse the continuing epidemic of HIV/AIDS in South Florida. Featuring a performance by Flo Rida, 100% of the funds raised from the Florida AIDS Walk stay right here in Florida to benefit various organizations.  Register for a team or find out how you can donate: Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival 2016 Featuring Flo Rida

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