Aqua Girl® 2014 in Miami Beach, FL
AQUA GIRL 2014 GUIDELadies, start your engines!
Miami’s most anticipated Lesbian throw down – Aqua Girl - begins on May 14, 2014! This ‘girls gone wild’ circuit-party unites thousands of beautiful women in America’s sexiest city for a wild and steamy weekend of fun-in-the-sun. More than alcohol-induced shenanigans, Aqua Girl is a party with a cause. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from events benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit-foundation whose primary mission is to promote the equality, strength, health, and visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.
Between May 14th and May 18th, 2014 South Beach transforms into an Aqua Girl playground with 14 culturally diverse events, including comedy shows, film presentations, and a jazz brunch in addition to the happy hours, dance parties, the sensational pool party and the co-ed beach party. As per usual, several rotating local venues downtown and on the beach will transform ordinary spaces into late night party palladiums for Aqua Girl. However, the host hotel pool party, “The Beach House,” on Saturday, is sure to prevail as the paramount “don’t miss” event.
Below is a mini travel guide to help you prepare for the legendary Aqua Girl. Carpe diem and thank the weather gods for some great South Beach sunshine! Note: tickets for all official events are available online at http://aquagirl.org
Slumber Parties National Hotel Miami Beach is this year's Aqua Girl host hotel and the quintessential Miami Art Deco luxury hotel with an authentic character, unmatched in Miami Beach. Every inch of this historic Miami beachfront hotel combines the dignity and nostalgia of yesterday and the glamour of today into timeless encounters that are completely unforgettable. The legend that began at the National in 1939 carries on during each visit today. Location info on Mark's List here: National Hotel Miami Beach
Libations for the LadiesIn addition to the mega dance parties, below are a few South Beach institutions for getting’ yo’ drink on during Aqua Girl.
Palace Bar – South Beach’s only oceanfront gay bar is a come-as-you-are kind of place, where you can sip cocktails and people-watch in your two-piece and tank-top ANYTIME. The drag queen performances are true showstoppers. For those wanting a chill, co-ed Sunday afternoon, come hang here! Location info on Mark's List here: Palace Bar
Score - Score hit South Beach in the 90s and has looked back since. The chic dance club is always packed and always fun…but mostly with guys! However, there is typically at least one Lesbian party at Score during the Aqua Girl festivities. Location info on Mark's List here: Score
Mova – This sceney hotspot has helped revive the South Beach glam scene with Miami’s easy-on-the-eyes who’s who. Thursday is Mova’s weekly lesbian night. Location info on Mark's List here: Mova
Where to hang in between eventsArt Deco District – Stroll Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue and the perpendicular side streets to check out the foremost examples of the art deco design movement circa 1930s and 40s. Day or night, the beautiful and eccentric, fashionable and distasteful passing by Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive provide endless hours of entertainment. More info here: Art Deco Welcome Center
12th Street Gay Beach – Between 11th and 12th Streets, down the sands from Palace Bar, you can’t miss America’s hottest gay beach. Look for chiseled bodies and fake breasts!
Eating OutJuvia - The lines are deservedly long at South Beach’s hottest newcomer, the rooftop Juvia, high atop the architecturally inspiring 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage. Four A-list chefs, hailing from the kitchens of headlining restaurants like Nobu, unite for a pan-Asian-European-Latin American gastronomic extravaganza.
Lantao - Also new and noteworthy in South Beach this summer, Lantao in the Surfcomber host hotel presents the diverse and robust flavors of Asia’s food stalls in a circa 1970s vintage luxe setting. The sights, smells, and tastes are sure to evoke nostalgia for those who’ve dabbled in authentic street cuisine during Southeast Asian sojourns.
Fontainebleau – The billion-dollar Fontainebleau is about a 1.5 miles north of the Aqua Girl festivities, just far enough to escape “the scene” for a few short hours. The Fontainebleau complex is a foodie’s fantasy, with most of Miami’s best restaurants assembled in a single area. Indeed, the complex has reinstated the fashion novelty that placed it on the map more than half a century ago and reminds us of a Golden Era glamour when Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack once performed at the hotel and partied like it was 1999 in their rooms. For great dining, there’s lots to choose from: Gotham Steak by Michelin-star chef Alfred Portale, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Michelin-starred Hakkasan from London, and Blade Sushi for those seeking lighter fare. Location info on Mark's List here: Fontainebleau