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

Progress Bar’s One-Year Anniversary Party

Join Progress Bar in Wilton Manors during Labor Day Weekend to celebrate their One-Year Anniversary.  Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with theatrics, performances, dancers, giveaways and tons of surprises. Find out more information about the themed parties after the Jump: Progress Bar’s One-Year Anniversary Party

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: Dapur, Dos CaminosHunters NightclubThe Manor, Progress BarRosie’s Bar & Grill  & 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 Boi 3.0The Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering and Palace Bar & Restaurant. 

31st Annual White Party: "Anchor's Away"

The 31st Annual White Party Week is Thursday, November 26 to Monday, November 30, 2015. On Saturday, November 28 from 6 pm to 12 am on board the Grand Floridian Yacht, the largest, newest and most elegant of all yachts in South Florida, attendees are invited to set sail into a glamorous world chicly styled in white and adorned with all things suitable for a nautical evening under Miami’s Skyline. Attendees are welcome to explore the yacht complete with a reception and chill lounge level, a dance floor level featuring DJ Roland Belmares and a topside open air lounge to relax and unwind under Miami’s moonlit sky. Get tickets and the full schedule after the Jump: 31st Annual White Party Week: "Anchor's Away"

Alexis Couture Hosts “Queens Against Humanity”

Alexis Couture and her sisters invite you to play “Queens Against Humanity,” an interactive game & drag show, at Village Pub on the first Thursday of every month starting at 9:45 pm.  More about Village Pub after the Jump: Alexis Couture Hosts “Queens Against Humanity” at Village Pub

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

Rosie's Infamous Sunday Funday Brunch

Every Sunday Funday‬, ‪‎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 a delicious burger, wrap or salad. Are you on a liquid diet? Order a hurricane bucket to quench your thirst, toast the morning with a refreshing mimosa or chug down a Bloody Mary to fend off that nasty hangover. Be sure to get all the details about Rosie's Sunday Brunch menu after the Jump: Sunday Brunch at Rosie's

Bourbon Street Pub Hosts Labor Day Weekend Luau Party

Bourbon Street Pub in Key West hosts a Luau Party this Labor Day Weekend. Get soakin’ wet at the Luau Pool Party on Saturday, look for the return of the Hurricane Party on Saturday & Monday night, and enjoy the Luau Pool Party & Hawaiian BBQ on Sunday. More information after the Jump: Bourbon Street Pub Hosts Labor Day Weekend Luau Party

Progress Bar Hosts "Lip Service" Wednesdays

Join Progress Bar in WIlton Manors for "Lip Service" every Wednesday. Hosted by Amanda Austin, listen out for beats by resident DJ Aulden Brown and catch the drag show starting at 11:30 pm. Drink specials include $3 beers & $5 Jameson. You can check out all the details and find out more about Progress Bar on Mark's List here: Progress Bar Hosts "Lip Service" Wednesdays

BOOM! Halloween Dance Party in Key West

Featuring beats by DJ Neill Macleod (Toronto) & DJ Shane Stiel (Los Angeles), don’t miss the BOOM! Halloween Dance Party at Fort East Martello in Key West on Saturday, October 31 2015 from 10 pm to 4 am (after the parade). There is a shuttle service from White & Fleming, as well as the Gato Building. Ample free parking & cash bar. Entrance is $20/person & $40 VIP (two free drinks, private bar and swag). Get tickets after the Jump: BOOM! Halloween Dance Party in Key West

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