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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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Sidelines Sports & Video Bar Hosts Super Bowl XLIX

So who's it gonna be sports fans? Will the New England Patriots come out on top? Or will the Seattle Seahawks rise to the occasion? Sidelines Sports & Video Bar is your home for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1 starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy the game with hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, sausages and ribs available for purchase from FAFFL. Also, look for great drink specials, including $3 domestic longnecks, $4 import longnecks, $5 Svedka cocktails, $5 Don Q cocktails. More about Sidelines Sports & Video Bar after the Jump: Sidelines Sports & Video Bar Hosts Super Bowl XLIX

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 Tuesday, February 3. The drum circle begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 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

Lance Bass to Serve as "Love is Love" Ambassador at Historic Beach Wedding

Former *NSYNC member and Dancing with the Stars alum, Lance Bass, will be the official “Love is Love” ambassador during a landmark sunrise beach wedding and vow renewal for 100 LGBT and straight couples from across the country and around the world. Hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the “Love is Love” destination wedding on Thursday, February 5, commemorates marriage equality in Florida. Read the full story after the Jump: Lance Bass to Serve as "Love is Love" Ambassador at Historic Beach Wedding



Yahoo Style's Hottest Male Models 2015

Ooh La La! You know the names of the great female models, from Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, to Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner. They command our attention from runways to reality TV, but what about the “absolute hunks” and real life Zoolanders who stand behind them on billboards? Men’s fashion week just wrapped up in Paris and with it, a reminder of just how much the world of men’s modeling differs from traditional womenswear.  Yahoo Style recently compiled their list of 2015’s Hottest Male Models. Check out the 2015 list of hottest male models, including David Gandy (pictured), after the Jump: Yahoo Style's Hottest Male Models 2015 

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David Bromstad Named Grand Marshal AIDS Walk Miami 2015

Care Resource is happy and proud to announce that David Bromstad, American designer and television personality has been chosen as Grand Marshal for AIDS Walk Miami 2015 and Robbin Simmons, Emmy award-winning reporter and co-anchor of the weekend editions of 7 NEWS at 5, 6, & 10 with Jeff Lennox has been chosen as the Master of Ceremonies. Read the full story after the Jump: David Bromstad Named Grand Marshal AIDS Walk Miami 2015



Mario Lopez to be Grand Marshal for Miami Beach Gay Pride 2015

Emmy Award winning host of the popular nationally syndicated entertainment program "Extra," Mario Lopez will preside over the 2015 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival as Grand Marshal, announced Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride Board. As Grand Marshal, Lopez will lead the enthusiastic and colorful parade that is expected to draw more than 100,000 spectators on Sunday, April 12. The Miami Beach Gay Pride parade kicks off at noon along famed Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets and will be followed by the Pride Festival with live performances from four stages, community booths and refreshments. You can find out more about the event on Mark's List here: Mario Lopez to be Grand Marshal for Miami Beach Gay Pride 2015



Winter Party 2015 - Tickets & Events

The countdown has officially started! Wednesday, March 4  to Monday, March 9. 2015 marks the start of Miami’s most anticipated LGBT throw down – Winter Party Festival 2015. Over 10,000 international hotties will gather for an extended weekend of mayhem, hook-ups, and standing, posing, dancing, drinking and living out quintessential South Beach hedonism. Best of all, this circuit scene is a party with a cause, with ticket proceeds benefiting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Find out more information about Winter Party 2015 events and tickets on Mark's List here: Winter Party 2015 - Tickets & Events



Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this week? Here are direct links to 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. Interested in more Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors information? If you live in another city, or you didn't allow us to know your location, you can switch the view of this page by using this link: Gay and Lesbian 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 BoiDiscotekka, Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering, PalaceScore and Twist. More weekend party information on Mark's List after the Jump: OUT in Miami

Village Pub Hosts Valentine's Day Fashion Show

Work the runway, sweetie! Presented by My Tropixxx, join Velvet Lenore at Village Pub for a Valentine's Day Fashion Show on Saturday, January 31 starting at 7 pm. The event serves as a benefit for Latinos Salud. Village Pub is YOUR bar on Wilton Drive. The spacious bar is designed to be your new home away from home. Look for the latest in video and lighting technology, live shows and even a dance floor for you to work out those sexy moves. More about the event & Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub Hosts Valentine's Day Fashion Show

The Manor Hosts Bubble Gum Fridays' 4th Anniversary Party

You are invited to Bubble Gum Fridays' 4th Anniversary Party at The Manor on January 30 starting at 11 pm. Check out spectacular performances by Erika, Serena, TP Lords & Sasha; and catch beats by DJ JPS in the Main Room & DJ MiiK in the Ultra Lounge. VIP bottle service is available all night. No cover for patrons 21+ before midnight & $7 after midnight. Entry is $12 for patrons under 21 all night. More information about The Manor right here on Mark's List after the Jump: The Manor Hosts Bubble Gum Fridays' 4th Anniversary Party

Progress Bar Presents "Bartenders, Bitches & Booze"

Benefiting The Pet Project, Progress Bar presents "Bartenders, Bitches & Booze" on Saturday, January 31 from 6 to 9 pm. Don't miss the pet costume contest featuring best in swimwear, underwear & casual wear. All bartenders will be dressed like the pets and will escort pets down the runway, and then each bartender's outfit will be live auctioned. Look for exciting raffle prizes and the silent auction table. A $5 donation gets you one free drink. You can check out all the details and find out more about Progress Bar on Mark's List here: Progress Bar Presents "Bartenders, Bitches & Booze"

Matthew Lombardo & Rick Murray Present South Beach Broadway Series

Matthew Lombardo & Rick Murray present the South Beach Broadway Series at the Colony Theatre with shows in January, February & March. The South Beach Broadway Series features Drama Desk Nominee Linda Eder on Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31, Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley on Friday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28, and Tony & Grammy Award Winner Billy Porter on Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21.  For tickets & show times visit www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com. More about Colony Theatre after the Jump: Matthew Lombardo & Rick Murray Present South Beach Broadway Series



Twist Presents Pusilla's Underwear Contest

Featuring beats by DJ Paulie, don't miss your chance to win $100 every Sunday during Pusilla's Underwear Contest in The Bungalow at Twist starting at 1 am. Twist is located in the popular Washington Avenue nightlife district in the heart of South Beach (which is the southern portion of the city of Miami Beach). More information about Twist after the Jump: Twist Presents Pusilla's Underwear Contest

Scandals Saloon Presents Miss Anastasia's Gospel Revival

Hallelujah! Scandals Saloon presents Miss Anastasia's Gospel Revival every Sunday starting at 6 pm. Come experience a "joyful celebration of southern gospel music." Also, don't miss the Sunday T-Dance from 4 to 11 pm & karaoke starting at 9 pm. Scandals is open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 2 am and Fridays & Saturdays from noon to 3 am. At Scandals saloon, there is frequent line-dancing and Country Western dancing. The bar includes a game room and an oversized outdoor patio. More information after the Jump. Scandals Saloon Presents Miss Anastasia's Gospel Revival

Pride South Florida Announces Major Changes for 2015

Heeding the advice of a host of community non-profit organizations, Pride South Florida announced today that it will be hosting only one singular pride weekend this year, in mid-June. Entitled 'Free Pride 2015,' the group will be holding an open-air, one day outdoor festival in Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, June 13, to be followed by the Stonewall Parade down Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors on the afternoon of Sunday, June 14. Both events will be FREE and open to the public. The program for the events is being published and released to community organizations later this week. Online registration for sponsors and vendors at www.pridesouthflorida.org should commence Tuesday, January 20, 2015. More information after the Jump: Pride South Florida Announces Major Changes for 2015

Double Trouble Thursdays at Twist Miami Beach

Every Thursday Twist nightclub features "Double Trouble" with DJ Paulie, Saphire Bleu behind the bar & on stage, and 2-4-1 drinks until 3 am. Twist SoBe is located in the popular LGBT Washington Avenue nightlife district in the heart of South Beach (which is the southern portion of the city of Miami Beach). The club is within easy walking distance of major hotels, shopping and restaurants and sits in the middle of the city's "National Art Deco Historical District." More information about Twist on Mark's List right here: 2-4-1 Double Trouble Thursdays at Twist Miami Beach

The Mens Self Spa at Hôtel Gaythering

mens self spa hotel gaytheringThe Mens Self Spa at Hôtel Gaythering is open weekdays from 11:00 am until midnight. Registered hôtel guests get unlimited complimentary use, but walk-ins are welcome. It's a good idea to call before coming and get the price for the day pass.  Here's what you'll find on a trip to Gaythering's Self Spa...
  • Aroma Steam Room with Temp ranging from 110-114 degrees Fahrenheit and a Humidity level of 100%
  • Aroma Hamam/Mud Lounge with a Temp just under 100 degrees Fahrenheit and a lower humidity level
  • Dry Cedar Sauna
  • Jacuzzi with massage jets
  • Changing rooms
  • Showers
  • Lockers for day use with built in combination locks
  • Bath Towels
  • Mud and treatment products are available in the hôtel lobby for self-application and to be used in the Hamam
You get the location and find out more here: The Mens Self Spa at Hôtel Gaythering

Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: New Orleans

Celebrate Mardi Gras weekend with the sounds and flavors of The Big Easy at ArtsPark at Young Circle on Saturday, February 14 from 7 to 11 pm. The event features legendary Bayou performers George Porter Jr. and the Running Pardners, with an opening set by the Zydeco Cha Chas. Join the second line parade through the Downtown led by a brass band. Yes...there will be beads! Free admission. Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair. For more information: www.VisitHollywoodFL.org/events. You can get the location and and find out more about the ArtsPark on Mark's List here: Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: New Orleans

Jessica Channing Presents "Sloppy Seconds" at The Stable

Real, raw & raunchy. Jessica Channing presents "Sloppy Seconds" at The Stable every Saturday starting at 9 pm. Don't miss this wild night of fancy, frolic and follies. Enjoy happy hour until 9 pm and all day on Sunday. Find out everything you need to know about The Stable after the Jump: Jessica Channing Presents "Sloppy Seconds" at The Stable

BodyBlast Classes at Push Fitness

Body Blast works! Burn calories and fat, build muscle, improve flexibility (and have fun) with Push Fitness' all new small group BodyBlast 3.0 classes. They use kettle bells, free weights, medicine balls, TRX and other great tools to help get you in the best shape of your life. Morning and evening classes. Change your body! Change your life! You can find out more about this amazing deal on Mark's List right here: BodyBlast Classes at Push Fitness



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. Dapur, which is the Indonesian word for kitchen, is a cool, trendy restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with great Asian cuisine and signature cocktails that will keep you coming back again and again. You can get the location and more information about Dapur after the Jump: Dapur's Bubble Bash Thursdays

Fast Fitness & Nutrition Tips by Peter Jackson

Do you wake up in the mornings or head to brunch craving pancakes? Traditional pancakes are filled with carbs and a plethora of simple sugars – not something you'd consider healthy. In fact, if you eat pancakes regularly you'll find that your fitness results quickly disappear. However, this simple, wholesome, three-ingredient pancake recipe is the exception. It's a pancake that you're able to enjoy without guilt. Find out more about the ingredients and preparation tips after the Jump: Fast Fitness & Nutrition Tips by Peter Jackson



Brunchic at Miami's Sunday Funday Headquarters, The Palace

There's always something fabulous happening at the Palace on Miami Beach.

Featuring unlimited mimosas and incredibly fun drag shows, check out the Palace's Brunchic every Sunday. With two seatings at 11:30 am & 2:00 pm, order your favorites from the tasty Brunchic menu. Still hungry for more fun? Don't miss the T-Dance at 4:00 pm. Why go home directly after hanging out on Miami's 12th Street Gay Beach? Show off that sexy tan and sporty swim suit on Ocean Drive! Be sure to grab all the details after the Jump: Brunchic at Miami's Sunday Funday Headquarters, The Palace

Living the Dream with January's Featured Bartender: Ryan

With Florida's recent changes concerning marriage equality and romantic Valentine's Day plans on the horizon, 2015 is already overflowing with extraordinary love, newfound hope and the realization of lifelong dreams. To celebrate these momentous occasions, what could possibly be better than a chilled bottle of wine or a sumptuous Sakitini to toast the ones you love?  Add to that the sexy swagger, insightful conversation and illuminating smile of a welcoming host and it’s just icing on the cake for your electrifying night on the town. Ryan Huggins, who has lived in Fort Lauderdale for about six months, has found satisfaction and an unrelenting passion working as a wine aficionado at Dream Wine Lounge in #WilMa. Mark’s List recently spoke with Ryan about his affinity for wine and living the ultimate dream. Read the interview after the Jump: Living the Dream with January's Featured Bartender: Ryan



Florida's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors (affectionately referred to as WilMa) is a city within the larger city of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors is home to one of America's largest year-round populations of Gay and Lesbian residents. In the past decade downtown Wilton Manors has evolved into a nearly one mile long corridor of Gay and Lesbian owned, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The main street, Wilton Drive, is closed several times a year for LGBT festivals and events that are sponsored by Mark's List. The larger of the events are Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors in June and Wicked Manors, a Halloween event that attracts tens of thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world. You can check out a map of the Gayborhood and get information on virtually every business "on the Drive" here: Florda's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Going OUT in Tampa or Ybor City?

Here's are direct links to restaurants, bars and nightcubs that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Tampa and Ybor City: G. Bar, Honey Pot, Ybor Social Club. Interested in more Tampa and Ybor City information? If you live in another city, or you didn't allow us to know your location, you can switch the view of this page by using this link: Gay and Lesbian Tampa and Ybor City

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