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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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Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

The Manor Complex Hosts Vegas-Style Theme Party

Featuring beats by DJ Daniel Kristopherre, The Manor Complex presents a Vegas-style theme party on Saturday, February 28 starting at 11 pm. Catch special performances by showgirls & showguys, and sip on $3 well drinks from 11 pm to midnight. Over in the Noche Latina Room, the Vegas theme continues with special guests Champagne Bordeaux and Willow Bierce Austin. More information about the Manor right here on Mark's List after the Jump: The Manor Complex Hosts Vegas-Style Theme Party

Sidelines Sports & Video Bar Hosts Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival Casino Night Fundraiser

Sidelines Sports & Video Bar hosts a Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival on Saturday, February 28 starting at 7 pm. The evening features Texas Hold'em, Blackjack, Roulette, Raffles, a silent auction & great drink specials. A $25 buy in gets you $2500 in chips. No Cover. More about Sidelines Sports & Video Bar after the Jump: Sidelines Sports & Video Bar Hosts Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival Casino Night Fundraiser

Briza on the Bay Hosts LGBT Wedding Show

Presented by Vows R Us & Blooming Events International, you are invited to the LGBT Wedding Show at Briza on the Bay (1737 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida 33132) on Saturday, February 28 from 2 to 6 pm. Bring that special someone and build a perfect wedding as unique as the two of you.  More information and RSVP after the Jump: LGBT Wedding Show at Briza on the Bay

Progress Bar Hosts "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season Premiere Viewing Party

Hosted by Twat Larouge, catch the season premier of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at Progress Bar on Monday, March 2 starting at 9 pm.  Don’t miss a special guest performance by Latrice Royale, look for great drink specials, and pick the queen the “sashays” away to win a free shot.You can check out all the details and find out more about Progress Bar on Mark's List here: Progress Bar Hosts "RuPaul's Drage Race" Season Premiere Viewing Party

Village Pub Presents Lady Bunny Live

New material—same old Bunny. The bitch is back for one night only!  Village Pub presents Lady Bunny live on Thursday, March 5 starting at 9:45 pm. Plus, don’t miss an exclusive signing of, “Beefcake,” the new book by Petra Mason with forward by Lady Bunny. More about the event & Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub Presents Lady Bunny Live

B.Bar & Grille Hosts AIDS Walk Benefit

Hosted by Nikki Adams & Dame Edna, B.Bar & Grille hosts an AIDS Walk Benefit on Saturday, March 7 starting at 9 pm. Be sure to catch performances by Miss Kitty, Sharon Panties, Vanessa Stone, Tailor Maid & Tommy Paduano. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets and prizes all night long. More information about B.Bar & Grille after the Jump: B.Bar & Grille Hosts AIDS Walk Benefit

February's Featured Bartender: Ray (Palace)

The glitz and glamor of old Hollywood is about to take South Beach by storm. The Palace cordially invites you to its 27th Anniversary Soiree: Hollywood on Friday, February 27.  Mark’s List recently caught up with bartender Ray to get all the details on the Palace’s Hollywood-themed anniversary party and what it’s like working behind the bar at one of the most entertaining places on South Beach. Read the interview after the Jump: February's Featured Bartender: Ray (Palace)

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



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



Riding For a Cause: Robert Boo Talks Tough Training

Training for any athletic event requires determination, dedication and hard work. Add to that an unrelenting passion for community service, and you’ve got the perfect equation for achieving greatness. A beacon of the community, Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park, has traded free time for training time in his effort to raise funds for HIV/AIDS awareness. Mark’s List recently spoke with Boo about his newfound passion and the trials and tribulations of training. Read the full Robert Boo interview on Mark's List after the Jump: Riding For a Cause - Robert Boo Talks Training



Rosie's Fantastic Sunday Funday Brunch

Mark's List readers love Rosie's for their "Great Burgers, Healthy Food Choices and Fantastic Sunday Brunch." That's right, brunch at Rosie's is fantastic! Every Sunday, ‪‎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 great 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 in Wilton Manors

Hotel Gaythering Hosts Trivia Night Wednesdays

Are you a beer drinker? Hotel Gaythering hosts $2 PBR & Trivia Night Wednesdays every week starting at 8 pm. For all the game aficionados out there, join your friends for board games, group trivia, video games and $3 Fireball shots. First place wins $50 off open tab. Find out more about the event here: Hotel Gaythering Hosts Trivia Night Wednesdays

Florida AIDS Walk 2015 Featuring Salt-N-Pepa

Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival is a 5k walk fundraiser that takes place on Sunday, March 22, 2015 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. This year's music festival entertainment features Salt-N-Pepa performing live. You can sign up to walk or simply donate through the links after the Jump: Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival 2015 Featuring Salt-N-Pepa

Shades of Pride Celebrating FTL Leather Pride Month

Beginning on March 1, Shades of Pride is a month-long celebration of leather culture and history in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event is produced by FTL Leather Pride and proceeds from Shades of Pride will benefit the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, the World AIDS Museum and the Leather Archives & Museum as well as providing seed money for a bigger and better Leather Pride in 2016. More information about all of the scheduled events after the Jump: Shades of Pride Celebrating FTL Leather Pride Month

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this week? Here are direct links to gay or gay-friendly 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. 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 BoiDiscotekka, Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering, PalaceScore and Twist. More weekend party information on Mark's List after the Jump: OUT in Miami

Catch DJ Maximus 3000 Every Friday at Progress Bar

Music + video = evolved. Don’t miss DJ/Producer Maximus 3000 every Friday night at Progress Bar.  Sip on $5 Bombshots & Smirnoff flavors and enjoy 2-4-1 happy hour.  No Cover.You can check out all the details and find out more about Progress Bar on Mark's List here: Catch DJ Maximus 3000 Every Friday at Progress Bar

Peter Jackson's Fast Fitness & Nutrition Tips

Did you know that 1 lb. of muscle burns 30-50 calories per day, while 1 lb. of fat only burns about nine calories per day? The more muscle your body contains the more calories you burn each day. Read more about this fitness tip after the Jump: More Muscle = More Calories Burned 



Discotekka Hosts "Rated XXX"

Don’t miss beats by DJ Willy Gee during “Rated XXX” at Discotekka on Saturday, February 28 starting at 11 pm. The event requires that you are accompanied by a sexy boy or sexy girl. Enjoy no cover & open bar before midnight. Presented by Milancita, be sure to catch “Vogue Wars” at 1:30 am and DJ Carlos G during after hours starting at 3:30 am.  More information after the Jump: Discotekka Hosts "Rated XXX"

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. 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



Hunters Hosts "Finally Furr Fridays"

Featuring music by DJ Sol from 4 pm to 9:30 pm, Hunters hosts "Finally Fur Fridays" every week. Sip on $2 well, wine and draft during happy hour from 4 pm to 9:30 pm. Hunters Ft. Lauderdale is located in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. You can find out more details on Mark's List here: Hunters Hosts "Finally Furr Fridays" 

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

The Floppy Rooster Hosts "Cock Fight" Amateur Strip Contest

Have you been hitting the gym? The Floppy Rooster, Miami's only all nude gay gentlemen's lounge, hosts "Cock Fight" every third Sunday of the month. Join some of the hottest amateur strippers as they battle it out for $500 in cash and prizes. Enjoy $4 well cocktails & $3 domestic beers all night. $5 cover before midnight. Floppy Rooster is located just 15 minutes from downtown Miami . You can find out more on Mark's List right here: The Floppy Rooster Hosts "Cock Fight" Amateur Strip Contest

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. You can get the location and more information about Dapur after the Jump: Dapur's Bubble Bash Thursdays

Sushi Song Fridays & Saturdays at Dream Wine Lounge

Nothing sets off a Hiro Saketini like Sushi Song’s Sushi. That’s right! Dream Wine Lounge now features Sushi Song sushi every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 pm. You can get the location and find out more about Dream Wine Lounge on Mark's List here: Sushi Song Fridays & Saturdays at Dream Wine Lounge

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

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