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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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Hollywood's Young Circle ArtsPark Full Moon Drum Circle

Check out this month's Full Moon Drum Circle in Hollywood's ArtsPark at Young Circle. It happens every month on the full moon and this month's lunar event will take place on Wednesday, July 1 from 7 to 9 pm. Bring a drum or percussion instrument to the ArtsPark and participate in the guided drum circle. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Palm Court (West Side). For more information: Resurrection Drums, 954-926-0204 or www.VisitHollywoodFL.org/events. You can get the location and more information about the ArtsPark on Mark's List here: Full Moon Drum Circle at Young Circle ArtsPark in Hollywood

Magic Mike XXL Hits Theaters Today

Start licking your chops. Magic Mike XXL hits theaters Wednesday, July 1. Starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, the sequel to 2012's Magic Mike follows "Mike" three years after he bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game. He and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance. Check out the trailer after the Jump: Magic Mike XXL Hits Theaters Wednesday, July 1

Hunters Presents "Revival"

Hunters Fort Lauderdale in association with Joe Soler & John Thorpe present “Revival” on Friday, July 3 from 9:30 pm to 3 am. Listen out for beats by DJ Chuck Warren and enjoy great drink specials. Find out more about Hunters Fort Lauderdale after the Jump: Hunters Fort Lauderdale Presents "Revival"

Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida 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 for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide

The Manor Hosts "Red, White & Violet"

Featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 winner Violet Chachki,  join The Manor Complex on Saturday, July 4 for “Red, White & Violet” starting at 11 pm.  The first 100 guests in line at 11 pm get to meet & greet Ms. Violet.  Get all the details about The Manor Complex after the Jump: The Manor Hosts "Red, White & Violet" 

Village Pub's Backyard BBQ

Join the gang at Village Pub for a Backyard BBQ on Saturday, July 4 from 4 to 8 pm. The event also serves as a World Series Fundraiser.  Enjoy $10 beer bust and $5 burgers and dogs. Read more about weekly events at Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub's Backyard BBQ 

Celebrate the Freedom to be You at Palace

Celebrate the freedom to be you at Palace this July 4th Weekend.  Featuring beats by DJ Josh Riptide, enjoy Saturday Brunch with seatings at 11:30 am & 2 pm. Hosted by Tiffany Fantasia, don’t miss the Fireworks Viewing Party on Saturday starting at 4 pm and listen out for music by DJ Sushiman.  Also, grab your friends for Sunday Brunchic at 11:30 am & 2 pm and stick around for the Sunset Sessions T-Dance starting at 4 pm.  More about Palace after the Jump: Celebrate the Freedom to be You at Palace 

B.Bar & Grille’s July 4th Weekend

Start your July 4th Weekend off on Friday, July 3 at B.Bar & Grille’s “Growl” with VJ Kenny Poole & VJ Barry Browder.  Sip on $2 well drinks and domestic beers from 6 to 10 pm, enjoy $3 Jager & Fireball shots, and look for Midnight Madness 2-4-1 from midnight to 2 am.  Find out about the rest of B.Bar & Grille’s weekend events after the Jump:  B.Bar & Grille’s July 4th Weekend

July 4th Weekend at Bourbon St. Pub

Bourbon St. Pub in Key West hosts “One Nation” this July 4th Weekend.  Celebrate America’s independence with clothing optional pool parties each day and night, the Men of Bourbon nightly, Jessica Grabbit shows, and beats & videos by VJ/DJ Gay Nolan. Get all the details after the Jump: July 4th Weekend at Bourbon St. Pub 

LGBT Civil Rights Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration

Taking place in Philadelphia from Thursday, July 2 to Sunday, July 5, 2015, the nation proudly commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders, the Gay Pioneers who staged them, and a half century of LGBT civil right progress. Get all the details and find out about the events after the Jump: LGBT Civil Rights Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Crown & Anchor Presents Independence 2015

The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown presents Independence 2015 featuring the "Freedom Beach Party" from Thursday, July 2 to Friday, July 10.  Catch Jennifer Holliday live in concert on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, and listen out for beats by special guest DJs, including Abel, Roland Belmares, Gustavo Scorpio, Ivan Gomez, Phil B, Chris Racine, Alex Acosta, Eddie Martinez and Alain Jackinsky. Purchase tickets now and save 25% or more. Find out more information after the Jump: The Crown & Anchor Presents Independence 2015 

Bourbon Street Pub Hosts "Bone Island: Bare it All Weekend"

Bourbon Street Pub Key West hosts "Bone Island: Bare it All Weekend" featuring the "Masked Ball" on Saturday, July 11 from 10 pm to 4 am in the Garden Bar. No clothing permitted. Entry only $20 (free with pass). Be sure to get all the details of what's going on after the Jump: Bourbon Street Pub Hosts "Bone Island: Bare it All Weekend"

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 Wilton Manors?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this weekend? Here are direct links to gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale: B.Bar & Grille, Dream Wine LoungeHuntersThe Manor, Progress BarRosie’s  & Village Pub. View all upcoming gay events in Fort Lauderdale here: Gay and Lesbian Bars Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors, Florida

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

Jake Talks "Gay Pride & Prejudice"

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Enjoy Great Sales at Adam's Interiors

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Scruffy Puppy Offers Professional Pet Styling

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Introducing Laughton Droze: The Mark Haines Memorial Bike Recipient

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Jappel Tech & Resale Technology Advisors

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June's Featured Server: Jon Marante

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B.Bar & Grille Presents Trannie Palace Sundays

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Rooster Auditions Every Sunday at The Floppy Rooster

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Downtown Hollywood Third Saturday Art Walk

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