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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David Thorpe's New Documentary: Do I Sound Gay?

The film Do I Sound Gay? is a self-analysis of David Thorpe, who made the film over the past several years because he didn’t like the way he sounds; he grew to resent his “gay voice.” Thorpe sets out to change his voice and along the way he has a chance to speak to some really big hitters in the LGBT community. Activist Dan Savage lends his voice and advice along with actor George Takei, CNN host Don Lemon, comedienne Margaret Cho, and humorist/author David Sedaris. Thorpe spoke to Ian Maloney about why he made the film, the hard work he put into making it, and why he thinks the topic resonates with so many people. Read the full interview after the Jump: David Thorpe's New Documentary: Do I Sound Gay?

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 Boi 3.0The Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering and Palace. 

La Noche Events Presents "Hollywood Glam Pool Party"

La Noche Events presents the "“Hollywood Glam Pool Party" at the amazing paradise La Casa Del Mar (3003 Granada Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304) on Saturday, August 1 starting at noon. Featuring beats by DJ Biscuit TMFS, look for appearances by special guests and photography by A Flawless Image. Grab your sexiest swimwear and come celebrate Moe’s “Dirty 30 Birthday” in glamorous Hollywood style, or just get a new one at the Lolos Swimwear booth from their latest collection. Special party rate: $99 hotel rooms to complete the fun. No cover. RSVP to moe@lanocheevents.com by Friday, July 31. Find out more information about the "Hollywood Glam Pool Party"

Celebrate Orgullo's Cocktail Social Fundraiser

Hosted by Dr. Ken Wilcox, Celebrate Orgullo presents a cocktail social fundraiser event at Dream Wine Lounge on Saturday, August 1 from 8 pm to 1 am.  A $10 donation at the door gets you two complimentary specialty cocktails, DJs, divas and more.  More about Celebrate Orgullo after the Jump: Celebrate Orgullo’s Cocktail Social Fundraiser at Dream Wine Lounge 

Rapper Trina Live at Southern Nights Orlando

Straight from the 305, rapper Trina will perform as part of BJ's Birthday Bash on Sunday, August 2 at Southern Nights Orlando. The doors open at 10 p.m. and DJs Big D and Booda will spin all night long. Help wish BJ a happy birthday, and after you hear Trina perform, you'll find out why Trina is the "baddest chick"! More about Orlando after the Jump: Rapper Trina Live at Southern Nights Orlando

Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Bahia (Brazil)

The Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Bahia is Saturday, August 1 from 7 pm to 11 pm. Orkestra Rumpilezz is a bracing 20-piece big band from Bahia, Brazil. The band combines the percussive power of sacred Afro-Brazilian drumming with the beautiful brass sonorities, harmonic sweep and jolt of a jazz orchestra. It’s a big band informed by Gil Evans and the gods of Candomblé, featuring five percussionists, 14 brass and reeds – with a tuba, four trombones and baritone sax, they get a deep, soulful sound – and a Candomblé “drum master” who plays the tall wood hand drums called atabaques. The ensemble, which won the Brazilian Music Award for Best New Artist and Best Instrumental Group in 2010, is led by Letieres Leite, a composer, woodwind player and arranger who has worked with top Brazilian musicians like Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil and Elba Ramalho, and American jazz players such as Stanley Jordan. Opening set by Batuke Samba Funk. Free admission. Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair. More information: www.VisitHollywoodFL.org/events

Back on Board: Greg Louganis Documentary on HBO

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis is universally recognized as the greatest diver ever, but his greatest impact may ultimately come from being one of the first openly gay athletes in America. The intimate documentary Back On Board: Greg Louganis looks at the public triumphs and private struggles of this LGBT trailblazer when it debuts on Tuesday, August 4 from 10:00-11:30 pm exclusively on HBO. Back On Board: Greg Louganis traces his story from a difficult childhood, through his Olympic conquests, to a transformative post-Olympic life, outlining the discrimination and other obstacles he has faced throughout his remarkable journey.

July's Featured Bartender: Eliezer

With a unique blend of talent that creates an incredible experience, Progress Bar features a space unlike anything else on Wilton Drive. The sexy bar is engineered to be visually impactful and conceptually profound in almost every way. With an expansive floor plan and a large outdoor patio, the space flows, breathes and welcomes WilMa. Mark’s List recently caught up with bartender Eliezer Flores to talk about his experiences working at Progress Bar, his tattoo design and his fitness tips. Read the full interview after the Jump: July's Featured Bartender: Eliezer

Village Pub Hosts “Male Revue & Underwear Auction”

Don’t miss the “Magic Mayhem XXL Male Revue & Underwear Auction” at Village Pub on Saturday, August 8 starting at 7 pm. Hosted by Carol Channing Tatum, the event stars the men of Mayhem softball and benefits the Mayhem softball team trip to the Gay Softball World Series in Columbus, Ohio.  Find out more information about Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub Hosts “Magic Mayhem XXL Male Revue & Underwear Auction”

Balance Tampa Bay Hosts Masquerade Ball

On Saturday, August 8, Balance Tampa Bay presents a Masquerade Ball complete with entertainment, unparalleled ambiance and a world class DJ. The best part? Proceeds benefit ASAP/Empath Health.  The event is in the spectacular District 3 Arts & Events Venue, which features elegant chandeliers, classic mirror balls and an unrivaled sound/light package with lasers. More information after the Jump:  Balance Tampa Bay Hosts Masquerade Ball

43rd Annual F.I. Miss Florida Pageant

Join the reigning Miss Florida F.I., Brittany T. Moore when the social event of the summer season returns this year on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 pm. Executive producer Alyson Thomas along with Gary Santis, Scott Holland and Victor Zepka present the 43rd Annual Miss Florida Pageant at the beautiful Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach. The hotel is offering a special room rate to people interested in staying at the host hotel. To take advantage of the special rate enter code MissFl2015. Miss Florida Pageant tickets are now on sale at http://MissFloridaFIPageant.com

Progress Bar Hosts "Lip Service" Wednesdays

Join Progress Bar for "Lip Service" every Wednesday night. 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

Key West Sizzles With Tropical Heat

Key West is set to sizzle with a long weekend of all-male adult fun Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16, 2015 during the annual Tropical Heat Festival. Tropical Heat offers four days of revelry and more than a dozen events in the island city whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. More information after the Jump: Key West Sizzles With Tropical Heat

Hard Rock Live Presents Culture Club

For the first time in 10 years, Hard Rock Live is proud to present the original members of the Culture Club, including lead singer Boy George, on Sunday, August 16 at 8 pm.  Grammy Award winners Culture Club sold in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million albums, and were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s. They achieved seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, nine Top 10 singles in the USA and nine Top 20 singles in Australia. More about Hard Rock Live after the Jump: Hard Rock Live Presents Culture Club 

Brunchic at Miami's Sunday Funday Headquarters

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

Hunters Nightclub Fort Lauderdale Hosts “Legends of Vinyl”

Hunters Nightclub Fort Lauderdale hosts “Legends of Vinyl,” a three-part event with legends in the music industry, on Wednesday, August 19 starting at 4 pm.  Look for live performances by Ray Martinez of Amant, and don’t miss beats by the after-party DJs, inluding Jellybean Benitez, Luis Mario & Frank Corr. More information about Hunters after the Jump: Hunters Nightclub Fort Lauderdale Hosts “Legends of Vinyl”

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