Florida Gay Beaches

Mark Haines
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
Key West
Miami Beach
Sunny Isles
Pensacola Beach
St Petersburg

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

Going OUT in Wilton Manors or Fort Lauderdale?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa?

Here are direct links to gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale: DapurDos CaminosHunters NightclubThe ManorProgress BarRosie’s Bar & Grill & Village Pub

OUT in Miami: White Party Week 2015

Here are direct links to bars and restaurants so you can check out some of the hottest events in Miami & Miami Beach during White Party Week

Bailo Nightclub
Club Boi 3.0
The Floppy Rooster

Palace Bar & Restaurant
Wet Bar

Check out the rest of the parties during White Party Week:

Friday, November 27

White Dreams – This party is presented by White Party Week in association with Hilton Wolman Events. Let all your dreams come true tonight at Club Space (34 NE 11th Street, Miami) as you are treated to an experience that will engulf nearly every single one of your senses. DJs Alain Jackinsky and Joe Gauthreaux will be spinning at this event. (10 p.m. to 8 a.m., $75)

Saturday, November 28

White Splash Pool Party – Soak in some rays, take in the sights of the gorgeous eye candy, and enjoy music poolside at the Aloft South Beach Hotel (2361 Liberty Avenue). This pool party, produced with the help of World OutGames and Forever Tel Aviv-Miami, features the talents of internationally-renowned producer DJ Tomer Maizner with an opening set by DJ Rico Alexis. Aloft guests who registered online with the promo code "WhiteParty" automatically receive two complimentary tickets to this party. (noon to 6 p.m., $50)

The White Party – Anchors Away! The White Party is going to be held on the high seas this year! Go to Miami's Bayfront Park and their north dock between 6 and 7 p.m. to board the Grand Floridian as you enjoy the year's signature party in opulent surroundings. There will be open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and live shows featuring Elaine Lancaster, Kitty Meow, Jane "Jei" Castro, WildChild, and magician Cory Van Valin. Music will be provided by celebrity DJ Roland Belmares. (6 p.m. to 11 p.m., $200)

Women's White Party – This one’s for the ladies. DJ Kaisa will be spinning all night long as people enjoy the official Melissa Etheridge after-party (she will be performing earlier in the evening at the Fontainebleau). Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Drive) plays host to the women's party for yet another year. Produced by Pandora Events. (10 p.m. to 4 a.m., $20)

White Starz – Hundreds of slick and sexy men will be packed onto the dance floor at Score (1437 Washington Avenue). The fun times you have here at White Starz will make for memories that will last a lifetime (or at least until next year’s party). Superstar DJs Paulo and Isaac Escalante, White Starz DJs in 2014, will return to spin for a crowd that is ready to party into the early morning. (10 p.m. to 7 a.m., $75)

Sunday, November 29

Muscle Beach Party – This year’s theme is “Pleasure Island”, and once you step foot on the 12th Street Beach and see the thousands of beautiful men, you'll feel like you are on Pleasure Island right here in Miami Beach. DJs Eddie Martinez and Phil B are going to be at the turntables and they'll be ready to turn the energy up to 11! VIP admission includes express admission, an open bar and access to an elevated VIP lounge. (1 p.m. to 9 p.m., $100, VIP $160)

White Sunset T – Don’t you just love a good block party? Palace Bar (1200 Ocean Drive) does, so they are putting on one cool party to start off the evening, and the best part about it is that it’s all free! DJ Alex Acosta will provide the music, with an opening set by DJ Sushiman, and the Palace Queens, go-go dancers, aerialists, and other performers will provide the entertainment! (4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Free)

Noche Blanca – This Sunday night party is presented in association with URGE Miami. DJ Abel will be playing for the crowds at the glittery and brand-new Story Nightclub (136 Collins Avenue). Haven't seen the club yet? We hear that you're going to be very impressed! Come on out and go to the final dance party of the weekend. (10 p.m. to 5 a.m., $75)

Monday, November 30

White Horizons – As the rest of the city goes to work on Monday morning, you can dance your cares away all the way through to lunchtime at Heart Nightclub. DJ Eddie Elias will be providing the soundtrack for the beginning of a very unconventional week! Produced by Hilton Wolman Events. (5 a.m. to noon, $45)

Swan Song – This annual event, now in its 22nd year, is the last time you will be able to see the people you met at White Party Week (that is, of course, until next year!). DJ Deanne will be spinning once again as everyone bids farewell to another fabulous year for the White Party, and says thank you to Care Resource for the services they give to the south Florida community. Twist (1057 Washington Avenue) is the host venue for this legendary party. (11 p.m. to 5 a.m., free)

Rosie's Infamous Sunday 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

SoFla Welcomes 21st Annual Hurricane Showdown

Quite a few people in the LGBT community love softball—after all, it's been played for decades in the Sunshine State and around the country. After a very successful 20th anniversary run, the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association (SFAAA) is ready to welcome back hundreds of players from around the nation for this year's 21st Annual Hurricane Showdown. It will start on Friday, November 27, and will go on through Sunday, November 29. Which team will be the best? We'll find out very shortly! Get all the details after the Jump: South Florida Welcomes 21st Annual Hurricane Showdown

Elvis Duran Named 2016 Miami Beach Gay Pride Grand Marshal

Radio show host of the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S., Elvis Duran, will preside over the 2016 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival as Grand Marshal, announced Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride Board of Directors. As Grand Marshal, Duran will lead the enthusiastic and colorful parade that is expected to draw more than 100,000 spectators on Sunday, April 10. Read the rest of the story after the Jump: Elvis Duran Named 2016 Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Grand Marshal

Sleep Dentists (Plantation) Offers Free Consultation

If you love going to the dentist, Sleep Dentists is probably not the right place for you.  Instead, they cater to the roughly 40 million Americans who are anxious about or unable to make it through routine dental appointments.  Whether physical or mental (or both), many people face real challenges that keep them from even thinking about going to the dentist. Find out more information after the Jump: Sleep Dentists (Plantation) Offers Free Consultation

INTERVIEW: Joshua Free Talks Life as Transgender Teen

How would you feel if you discovered the overwhelming emotions you had been experiencing were signs that you were meant to live life as the opposite gender?  Coral Glades High School student Joshua Free knows all too well about what that situation is like.

Just over a year ago, Joshua, 16, was looking on the internet and found the solution to the problems, issues and feelings he has been living with his whole life.  As a transgender teen, life has been very difficult and educating his parents and family about his life was equally challenging. Read the full interview after the Jump: INTERVIEW: Joshua Free Talks Life as Transgender Teen

Broward House Presents World AIDS Day Vigil

On Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 pm, Broward House invites the community to come together for a World AIDS Day Vigil and Remembrance Walk. Participants will meet at Hagen Park and walk down Wilton Drive united in memory, healing, and love.  The candlelit walk will culminate at the Pride Center at Equality Park for a few words of respectful remembrance, support, and continued vigilance. Find out more about Broward House after the Jump: Broward House Presents World AIDS Day Vigil

World AIDS Day (2015) Events Around Florida

December 1 is the day World AIDS Day is observed around the world. Right here in Florida, there are many events going on which raise awareness for this global killer. On this day, we reflect on the friends and family we’ve lost to AIDS, and we look forward to the day we find a cure. Each city recognizes World AIDS Day in different ways. Find out about all of the events after the Jump: World AIDS Day Events Around Florida

Chad Bush Talks First Ever Pig Week Fort Lauderdale

As many people in the South Florida community already know, the Pig Dances that are thrown each month at Ramrod in Fort Lauderdale have been very big successes -- so much so, in fact, that the bar regularly reaches capacity and the outside has to be turned into a makeshift bar and party spot for all the people wanting to get down (and maybe a little dirty). This intrigued bartender Chad Bush and owners Zak Enterline and Steve Whitney.

Bush, who owns his own production company, Cubcuda Productions, was the creative force behind BeachBear Weekend, among other popular South Florida events. He pitched the idea of a "Pig Week" to Zak and Steve, as well as to a co-worker, Rich Rodriguez, who thought it would be a good idea to have the annual Leather Masked Ball event be part of the festivities. In short, "Pig Week" was born.

Read the full interview after the Jump: Chad Bush Talks First Ever Pig Week Fort Lauderdale

Jazz Jennings to Receive Youth Innovator Award

The Trevor Project is proud to announce Jazz Jennings as this year’s Youth Innovator Award recipient at TrevorLIVE LA.  Presented by HBO, Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo, this irreverent evening of comedy and music will take place on December 6th at the Hollywood Palladium. Read the full story after ther Jump: Jazz Jennings to Receive Youth Innovator Award

Mani Pedi Deals at Lavish Manors Nail Spa

Lavish Manors Nail Spa is a full service skin care and nail salon located in Wilton Manors, FL. The spa offers a full range of services, including manicures and pedicures, facial therapy, nail enhancements and waxing. They are known for their specialty nail care services, such as the Lavish Deluxe Manicure & the signature Organic Green Tea Lemon Grass Spa Pedicure. Find out more information after the Jump: Lavish Manors Nail Spa in Wilton Manors 

ComingOutCuba Foundation Presents "La Santa Cuba"

The ComingOutCuba Foundation presents the biggest Art and Cuban Culture fundraiser of the year: “LA SANTA CUBA.” The “LA SANTA CUBA” Benefit will take place Friday, December 4 at the Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery. The event engages the LGBTQ and Cuban communities and their allies to celebrate the Cuban culture. This year’s theme is an homage to the Afro Cuban roots. Advance tickets are $30 and, if available, and will be sold at the door. VIP tickets are also still available for  $100 which includes open bar,live art performances, art exhibits and a special dance party hosted by DJ Citizen Jane. We hope you will join us for this memorable evening!

Use the Promo code OSMANY for a 15% discount at checkout. The event is 21 and over. Click here for tickets. 

Miami Beach Convention Center Hosts Art Basel 2015

Every December Miami Beach hosts the annual Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year's event takes place from Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 6.  Get all the details after the Jump: Miami Beach Convention Center Hosts Art Basel 2015

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

Stevie Moon Tattoo Studio Offers Same-Day Custom Work

Stevie Moon Tattoo has been an iconic studio since 2000.  Located next to the Culture Room in the southwest corner of Federal Highway and Oakland Park Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. They cater to your needs and offer same-day custom work. Consultations are always free for future appointments. For more complicated compositions, the artist may want to research more in depth to create your perfect tattoo. Find out about free consultations after the Jump: Stevie Moon Tattoo Studio Offers Same-Day Custom Work

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