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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Hottest Gay Summer Events Around the World

Are you still planning your summer fun in the sun? June is arguably the most popular month for LGBT pride celebrations and many other hot parties. In many parts of the world, the weather is absolutely beautiful and people are ready to let loose and party until all hours the night. We've taken the time to highlight some of the most important LGBT pride celebrations and notable parties from around the world, from June through to early September: Hottest Gay Summer Events Around the World

OUT in Wilton Manors & Fort Lauderdale

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

Dos Caminos, Hunters NightclubLe Boy Strip ClubThe Manor ComplexProgress 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, events and restaurants in the area:
Club Boi 3.0
The Floppy Rooster
Hotel Gaythering

Palace Bar & Restaurant
Tony Ferro Events


Levi's x Harvey Milk: The First Global Pride Collection

In mid-May, the company that literally invented blue jeans will launch their first ever Pride collection called The Levi’s x Harvey Milk Foundation Collection and they are partnering up with the Harvey Milk Foundation to help give back to the community that Milk represented and ensure his legacy lives on. Levi’s is a long-standing ally to the LGBTQ community, and they will commemorate the election and legacy of Milk, a gay rights hero who was assassinated in San Francisco City Hall along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978. 

The Pride Collection will feature a range of gender-neutral products and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation which was founded to empower local, regional, national and global organizations so that they may fully realize the power of Harvey Milk’s story, style, and collaborative relationship building. Get all the details about The Levi's x Harvey Milk Foundation Collection

Watch Madonna's Billboard Music Awards Prince Tribute

At last night's Billboard Music Awards, Madonna took the stage for the highly-anticipated Prince tribute. The singer opened with the iconic song "Nothing Compares 2 U," which was written by Prince and made famous by Sinead O'Connor. With the T-Mobile arena shining with purple hues, Stevie Wonder joined Madonna for a moving rendition of "Purple Rain." Madonna and Prince were two of the biggest stars in the '80s, and even worked together on the track "Love Song" from Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer.

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Burt's Bees Releases Rainbow Pride Lip Balm Pack

GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, is partnering with Burt’s Bees for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June. Burt’s Bees recently released a new Limited Edition Rainbow Pride Lip Balm Pack and pledged a donation of $10,000 in support of GLSEN’s work. Available now, the Limited Edition Pack features rainbow graphics on the exterior and includes a rainbow of six flavors of Burt’s Bees lip balm – Pomegranate, Mango, Beeswax, Eucalyptus, Vanilla Bean and Acai Berry – each infused with natural ingredients like beeswax, rich oils and nourishing butters to hydrate lips. The Limited Edition Pack is available at a limited number of Target stores and Burt's Bees online.

The Fabulous South Beach Brunch Experience at Palace

Whatever your plans are this weekend—change them!  Palace Bar is hosting two days of fabulous brunches. Starting on Saturday, don’t miss the International Drag Brunch with host Noel Leon and other special guests.  Enjoy a delicious menu, non-stop drag shows, unlimited margaritas and music by DJ Josh Riptide. Seatings are at 11:30 am & 2 pm. 

The outrageousness continues during Sunday’s Brunchic—South Beach’s infamous drag brunch. Featuring special weekly guest DJs and dynamic divas, enjoy unlimited mimosas, non-stop drag shows and a Sunset T-Dance at 4 pm. Seatings are at 11:30 am & 2 pm. More about Palace after the Jump: The Fabulous South Beach Brunch Experience at Palace

Gary Santis Presents White Fort Lauderdale at The Manor

Featuring RuPaul's Drag Race star Acid Betty, Gary Santis Presents the 18th Annual White Fort Lauderdale Event at The Manor Complex on Sunday, May 29 starting at 11 pm. Hosted by Lady Guy, listen out for beats by celebrity DJ Tony Moran and enjoy amazing drinks all night long.  Get tickets to the 18th Annual White Fort Lauderdale.  More information about The Manor Complex

Bourbon Street Pub Hosts 'Beach Ball' Memorial Weekend

From Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30, Bourbon Street Pub in Key West hosts "Beach Ball" Memorial Day Weekend.  Enjoy daily and nightly clothing optional pool parties, happy hour drink specials, and the Men of Bouron live each night at 10 pm.  Also, listen out for VJ/DJ Gary Nolan, VJ/DJ Neil and Jessica Grabbit Shows all weekend long! More information about Bourbon Street Pub.

New Faces: A Q&A With ‘Grinder’ Star Tyler Austin

Grinder is an upcoming LGBT thriller about a teenage runaway, Luke, who is seduced to move into New York city by a model agent from his troubled suburban home. An older photographer, Tim, becomes obsessed with Luke and tries to pull him out of the dark world he is sinking into.

Mark's List recently talked to Grinder star Tyler Austin, who plays Luke, about his character in the film, transitioning from stage to film acting, and the LGBT movement in film: New Faces: A Q&A With ‘Grinder’ Star Tyler Austin

Bianca Del Rio Announces North American Tour

She’s back! The hilariously hateful comic known as Bianca Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock) is launching the North American leg of her latest global standup “Not Today Satan” tour. Bianca’s last standup act, “Rolodex of Hate,” toured the world with sold out shows for over a year before being ordered as an original streaming TV special by Vimeo and later, purchased for cable by Logo TV. In "Rolodex of Hate," she tackled the major events, people and places in her early life that shaped her into one of the world’s fastest rising insult comics. “Not Today Satan” picks up right where she left off, chronicling her adventures since winning a certain well-known drag-focused reality show, becoming “gay famous,” moving to Los Angeles and the inherent challenges of dating and making a living as a man in a dress. Tickets for the “Not Today Satan” tour go on sale Friday, May 20.

Mark's Mancandy: Meet Model Ricardo Ribero Medeiros

Sexy Brazilian Ricardo Ribero Medeiros is currently studying English and wants to eventually get a master’s in marketing to go along with his bachelor's in advertising from Juscelino Kubitschek University in Brasilia. Upon graduation, he says his dream would be working for an international company doing marketing or market research. Check out photos from his latest photo shoot for Levi's x Harvey Milk Foundation Collection.

(Photos by Dale Stine)

Ronnie Larsen Presents 'Party' at Empire Stage

Described as "One of the most uplifting and affirming representations of gay life life on any stage ever," by The Advocate, Ronnie Larson presents Party at Empire Stage from May 6 to through June 12. Written by David Dillon and directed by Nic Arnzen, the hilarious off-Broadway hit focuses on a group of friends who play 'facts and fantasies" at a party and wine up revealing everything! This play contains male nudity. Find out more information about tickets

2nd Annual Caribbean Pride Festival at Richardson Park

This year's LGBT Caribbean Pride Festival will take place in the heart of Wilton Manors at Richardson Park (1937 Wilton Drive) on May 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The festival will include performances from various artists representing different Caribbean cultures. There will be family-friendly activities, vendor booths, food trucks, live music, dancing, an in-park mini-parade, and much more! We are asking for help in all ways to show support for the event and its attendees. Get all the details about the Second Annual Caribbean LGBT Pride Festival

FOX Releases 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Trailer

Set to air in the Fall of 2016, FOX is releasing a brand-new production of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

According to FOX, "a reimagining of the original movie, the two-hour event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice, “Victorious”) and Brad (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of ROCKY HORROR – a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Actor and singer Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) will star in the role."

Watch the trailer:

Unity Coalition Presents 2nd Annual TRANSART

Showcasing the talent, vision and possibilities within the transgender Community, TRANSART brings together a collection of talents, individuals & artistic genres to create awareness, nurture aspiring artists and enlighten the 
general population about the many layers of this community.

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida's (UC|CU) 2nd annual TRANSART is presented by the BETSY South Beach, in partnership with the Miami Foundation, Trans Miami, LGBT Visitors Center, Miami Beach Community Church, ARTS at St. Johns, Survivors Pathway, Stonewall Museum & Archives, PRIDE Center, SunServe, Care Resource, My Gay Suites & CP. The event takes place in Miami & Miami Beach on June 15-19, 2016 and June 22-26, 2016 in Wilton Manors.  Find out more information about Unity Coalition's TRANSART Celebration 

Let The Sun Shine In: Mike Westrich Talks Musical 'Hair'

The world’s most famous and best-loved tribal rock musical, Hair, will run for three previews and 20 performances, opening on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, ending its engagement on Sunday, June 5. Mike Westrich plays the role of George Berger in Hair, originated by co-composer Gerome Ragni in the original Broadway version and by Treat Williams in the film version. Mark's List recently caught up with Mike to talk about Kravis Center's production of this time-honored musical: Let The Sun Shine In: Mike Westrich Talks Hair

One Magical Weekend Announces Kesha Live!

One Magical Weekend announces Kesha's live performance at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday, June 4th 2016! Hot off of her surprise performance at 2016's Coachella Festival to perform her brand new track "True Colors" with Zedd, Kesha will be making her next major live performance at One Magical Weekend! One of the decade's biggest pop rock females is taking off the gloves and taking it on the road to feel the love of her fans worldwide! LGBT fans have tore up dance floors for half a decade to her catchy popular beats and lyrics! Tickets are on sale right now on. 

Two Spirit Health Services, Inc. Offers LGBT Primary Care

Two Spirit Health Services, located at 801 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 402 in Orlando, doesn't just offer a PrEP clinic, it also offers primary care for LGBT patients, regardless of insurance or ability to pay, as well as mental health-related and transgender-friendly services. The goal of the practice is to allow LGBT patients to have access to health care from people who get and understand them.

Two Spirit Health Services, Inc. is the brainchild of Robert and Dr. David Baker-Hargrove. It was founded in April 2011 and began services in September 2013. Find out more information: Two Spirit Health Services, Inc. Offers LGBT Primary Care

US House 'Snatches Discrimination From the Jaws of Equality'

Rep. Sean Maloney (D- N.Y.) was told to "get back on your side" as he tried to point out that the time to vote on his proposal had come to an end. The proposal, which would have enforced non discrimination on the part of government contractors, was defeated by House Republicans who kept the two minute voting slot open for an extra six minutes to allow extra republicans to vote down the proposal.

In a move that sent House Dems into a state of apoplexy, the leadership on the Republican side shamefully broke the rules to allow hate to win, at least for this round. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL. district 21) told Mark's List: “A bipartisan majority voted to protect LGBT employees on the House floor today. What happened next was shameful. Speaker Ryan bent the rules and twisted arms to defeat the winning amendment. The conservative majority's leadership grossly abused its power to override the will of the House and the clear will of the American people. But no abuse of the House rules can undermine the progress we have made and will continue to make. I will continue to fight against bigotry in any form and strive for full equality for LGBT Americans.”


For more information on this story, take a look at the Huffington Post's coverage.

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Wilton Manors Makes History, Permanently Raises Pride Flag

Under a measure sponsored by Commissioner Justin Flippen with the unanimous support of the members of the city commission, the City of Wilton Manors will become the first city in the nation to permanently raise the Pride Flag on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:15 pm at a ceremony (Jaycee Park along Wilton Drive) right before the city commission meeting.

“Today in Wilton Manors, something historic is going down – or rather something historic is going up,” said Commissioner Justin Flippen.  “Today’s permanent raising of the Pride Flag is about doing something we all should deeply appreciate – making history for the right reasons.” 

Wilton Manors will raise the Pride Flag as the first city in the United States to permanently display the Pride Flag as the foundation to a monument and memorial dedicated to a community – LGBT and our allies – in recognition of the positive social and economic impact the LGBT community has in the city, region, and nation.

More about the City of Wilton Manors

Three Gay Palestinian Friends Confront Sexuality in 'Oriented'

The eye-opening documentary Oriented follows three gay Palestinian friends as they confront their national and sexual identities in modern Tel Aviv, Israel. There's Khader, a nightlife "darling" who lives with his Jewish boyfriend David; Fadi, an ardent Palestinian nationalist finds himself falling in love with an Israeli soldier; and Naeem​, who must find the courage to come out to his conservative family. Determined to change their reality, the three friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group called "Qambuta" (Cauliflower) to advocate for sexual, ethnic and gender equality.

The film debuted with a 100 screening tour around the world, including appearances in Newfest, Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA 2015, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Dok Leipzig. Oriented is scheduled to launch on DVD and VOD on June 21.

It's Getting Hot Out There! Gay Summer Events 2016

Summer is a perfect time to get out of your house and go on vacation! Many of us will be taking some well-deserved time off and visiting family or friends this summer. But what about your other "family"? Many gay events are happening all over the country from the beginning of June through Labor Day Weekend. Here are some of the events we think you need to consider if you're looking for a change of scenery this summer.

Dos Caminos Offers Special Discounts & Fresh New Menu

With over 100 kinds of tequila, Dos Caminos on Fort Lauderdale Beach is serious about Mexican... need we say more? If tequila doesn't excite you, they've got authentic Mexico City-style quesadillas, fresh guacamole, fajitas and tacos that will have you screaming for more. The menu also includes a nice selection of seafood, a few pork dishes and couple of enchiladas. Check out the new menu and other special offers after the Jump: Dos Caminos Offers Fresh New Menu 

2016 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade & Street Festival

The 2016 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade & Street Festival takes place on Saturday, June 18. Join 30,000 of your friends, neighbors and family for this community-wide celebration featuring performers, artists, vendors, organizations, food and beverage trucks, stages and entertainment. The Stonewall Village opens at 11 am with a family zone, face painting, bounce house and entertainment. From 3 pm to 11 pm, dance, play, laugh and party on the drive!  Also, don't miss the Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade starting at 6 pm. More information: 2016 Wilton Manors Stonewall Parade & Street Festival

The Mickee Faust Club Presents 'Queer As Faust IX'

A little vaudeville, a dash of politics, and some saucy, sexy, and even silly morsels of skits and songs comprise the line-up for this year’s Mickee Faust Club’s “Queer as Faust IX Cabaret.” The show opens in Tallahassee the weekend of June 17-18, and runs a second weekend, June 23-25. All shows will be at 8 pm with a second show on the Saturdays at 10 pm.
 
The sketch comedy troupe, founded by partners in art and life Terry Galloway and Donna Marie Nudd, aren’t afraid to talk about the most taboo topic of sex, and to celebrate it as part of LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June. Galloway, who is the company’s artistic director and plays the head rat leader Mickee Faust, says visitors to Florida’s capital city may be amazed when they see what’s been happening in the shadows of the looming state capitol building. Get information about tickets to this year’s Mickee Faust Club’s “Queer as Faust IX Cabaret.”

Florida's Can't Miss Gay-Related Events: 2016

The Sunshine State is known for its beautiful weather, kind and generous people, white sandy beaches, and unforgettable nightlife and parties. There are so many things going on here that it might be hard for you to keep up with everything! We've come to the rescue with a comprehensive list of can’t miss gay-related events in 2016, including Pride festivals, galas, community events, film festivals, concerts, fundraisers, mixers and more: Florida's Can't Miss Events: 2016

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