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Winter Party Festival® 2015 in Miami Beach on Mark's List

Winter Party Festival® 2015 in Miami Beach, FL

Author: 
Paul Rubio
Curator: 
Alexander Northman

WINTER PARTY 2015 GUIDE

The countdown to Winter Party Festival® has begun. March (TBD), 2015 to March (TBD), 2015 marks the start of Miami’s most anticipated LGBT throw down – Winter Party Festival 2015. Over 10,000 international hotties (and I mean 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 (read between the lines – tickets are tax deductible).

As per usual, several rotating local venues downtown and on the beach will transform ordinary spaces into late night party palladiums for Winter Party. However, the host hotel pool party on Saturday at the National Hotel South Beach  (photos) and the Sunday Beach Party (photos) prevail as the two paramount “don’t miss” events.

Take a look at last year's linup of events...

Winter Party 2014 Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spark!
Event Time: 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Location: TBA
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

ArtScape
Event Time: 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Kick off HER Winter Party with our opening event, ArtScape, which includes a silent art auction, featuring the work of a variety of local artists. Admission includes an open bar for selected cocktails courtesy of Bacardi, wine and delectable hors d'oeuvres.

Brazilian Zueira
Event Time: 09:00 PM to 03:00 AM
 
Ignite
Event Time: 10:00 PM to 05:00 AM
Location: Cameo
Get your fire started at the first dance party of the week.
 

Friday, March 7, 2014

URGE: Mercury Rising
Event Time: 10:00 PM to 07:00 AM
Location: Space
34 NE 11th Street, Miami
Way down inside. It pulses. It builds. It consumes. Winter Party 14 presents URGE at Space on Friday, March 7! Two rooms for you to succumb to your impulses in over 25,000 square feet of blood boiling bumping. Chest against chest. Muscle against muscle. Grind your mind while thousands of hot sweaty men pump to the thump of DJs Rosabel (Ralphi Rosario and Abel) on the Terrace and DJ Wayne G. in the Basement. You don't want to miss it. It's gonna be a scorcher.
 
Pa'Ella
Event Time: 10:00 PM to 03:00 AM
Location: Location TBD
Feel the heat and the energy at Pa’Ella, our signature Latin event co-produced by Icandee Events. The rhythm is sure to keep you on the dance floor all night enjoying plenty of caliente eye candy.
 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Under One Sun Pool Party
Event Time: 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Note location change to: National Hotel South Beach
1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The HOTTEST pool party in the world, the Under One Sun Pool Party on Saturday, March 8, 2014 will feature 2 new DJs to the Winter Party Festival lineup! DJ Seth Cooper will make a splash before Brazil’s DJ Gustavo Scorpio gets things so hot you’ll need the pool to cool you off! 
 
The Pool Party is on all passes and 2 tickets to the Pool Party are included with all rooms booked at our host hotel, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand Resort South Beach.
 
THE SOCIAL: Lincoln Road Gala
Event Time: 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Road Mall, South Beach
 
VIP Cocktail Reception
Event Time: 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: TBA
 
Sweat – A Leather Event
Event Time: 09:00 PM to 03:00 AM
 
Flare
Event Time: 10:00 PM to 07:00 AM
Location: Score
1437 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Winter Party's Saturday night dance party, Flare, will be held at the new Score location on Washington Avenue! 
Ivan Gomez from Barcelona will be making his WPF DJ debut, opening for DJ Paulo.
 
Industry - The Official Signature Women’s Event of HER Winter Party
Event Time: 10:00 PM to 03:00 AM
Location: Location City Hall, the Restaurant
Check your inhibitions at the door and come play with hundreds of women. Feel the energy as the music pumps and go-go dancers keep you moving all night. Produced by Pandora Events.
 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Brunchic - Winter Party Edition
Event Time: 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Location: Palace Bar
1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Beach Boys, muscle boys, divas and everything in between are invited for a very special WPF edition of the legendary BRUNCHIC.
 
Winter Party Beach Party
Event Time: 01:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Location: Lummus Park
12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Italy's Danny Verde makes his US daytime party debut at the HOTTEST Beach Party in the world on Sunday, March 9. DJ Grind will get the party started in his first Winter Party Festival appearance!
 
The Beach Party is included on all passes, available now at discounted prices.
 
Palace T-Dance
Event Time: 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Palace Bar
1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Finish the Beach Party and stop by Ocean Drive’s warmest and wildest venue, The Palace, for a tea dance!
 
WE Party Airlines:Boiling Point
Event Time: 10:00 PM to 05:00 AM
1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
One of the hottest parties of the weekend returns to the HOTTEST Winter in the World as WE Party lands back at Mansion for the official Sunday night event of Winter Party 2014. DJs Sr. Edu (Madrid) and Isaac Escalante (Mexico) will provide the turbulent beats at this highflying extravaganza. Our specially trained crew will provide you with entertainment and service on the ground and in the air as Miami’s legendary Mansion nightclub is transformed into an airport unlike any you've ever seen.
 

Monday, March 10, 2014

ACTION! Afterglow
Event Time: 05:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Mekka Nightclub
950 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
The night ends, but the dancing doesn't. The party keeps burning bright as Winter Party Festival and Hilton Wolman Events present ACTION! Afterglow. DJ Alain Jackinsky sets Monday afire with one last dance at Mekka in Miami.

Below is a mini travel guide to help you prepare for the legendary Winter Party. Carpe diem and thank the weather gods for some great South Beach winter sunshine!

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Libations (Get your Drink On)

Editors note: All of the bars mentioned below have events associated with Winter Party that you can find by pursuing the underlined links.

Mova – This scene queen hotspot has helped revive the South Beach glam scene with Miami’s easy-on-the-eyes who’s who packing the house on weekends.

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 Speedos and tank-top. The drag queen performances are true showstoppers. Sunday tea after the beach party is a must!

Score - Score hit South Beach in the 90s and hasn't looked back since. The chic dance club is always packed and always fun.

Twist -This South Beach institution is a massive enclave of five different gay parties, from hip-hop to bubble gum pop to strip club. It’s where everyone ends up after 2:30am, especially if still drunk and looking for a hook up.

South Beach Essentials (Things to do Besides Party)

Art Deco – 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.

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.

Haulover Nude Beach – You’ll need wheels to get 11 miles north to Halouver Beach, but if you don’t see enough peen during your winter party activities, you’ll see plenty here! The gay section of Halouver is in the northern section of the nude beach.

People-watching - Day or night, the beautiful and eccentric, fashionable and distasteful passing by Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive provide endless hours of entertainment.


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Winter Party's Burn Block Party at Palace
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Burn Block Party at Palace in Miami Beach, FL featured a block party filled with hotties, DJ Raffelo, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's WE Party Airlines Boiling Point Party at Mansion
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's WE Party Airlines Boiling Point Party at Mansion in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of hotties, WE resident DJ Isaac Escalante from Mexico, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Pa'Ella in Wynwood
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Pa'Ella Party at TSL Lounge in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ George Ferrero as well as the critically acclaimed Spam Allstars performed, and of course plenty of fun all.
Winter Party's Under One Sun Pool Party at the National Hotel
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Under One Sun Pool Party at the National Hotel on Miami Beach, FL featured tons of sun-kissed hotties, DJ Gustavo Scorpio from Brasil, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Sweat Party at Hunters Nightclub
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Sweat Leather Party at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, FL featured DJ Ted Eiel spinning all night with hot guys in leather gear.
Winter Party's Flare at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Flare Party at Score in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Paulo, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Industry Party at City Hall
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Industry Party was held at City Hall Restaurant in Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ Alex Maximus 3000, Go-Go Girls, and of course plenty of fun for all.
Winter Party's Mercury Rising at Space
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Mercury Rising Party at Space in Miami, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Rosabel, a show with Kitty Meow and Power Infiniti, and two packed dancefloors .
Winter Party's VIP Party at The James Royal Palm
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's VIP Cocktail Party at The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami Beach, FL featured the Sponsors and major donors to The Task Force, DJ AJ Reddy, and an award to Dave Cook for all his hard work and dedicated service.
NGLTF 2014 Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival on Miami Beach, FL featured international hotties, DJ Danny Verde & DJ Grind, and plenty of sun and fun all around.
Winter Party's Ignite Party at Cameo
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Cameo in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Eddie Martinez and DJ Joe Gauthreaux, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's ArtScape Party at The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's ArtScape Party at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens in Miami, FL featured the hotest art by local artists, DJ LaTrice, and a guest appearance by NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey.
NGLTF Winter Party Festival Spark Party at Gale Hotel
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival held their Spark Party at The Gale Hotel on Miami Beach, FL. This Kick Off Party was held on the Gale rooftop and featured speeches from Winter Party Festival Chair Victor Diaz-Herman and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
NGLTF Celebrates 40 Years
NGLTF celebrated 40 years with a party in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Executive Director Rea Carey was in attendance as well as a host of important people from around Southern Florida to give their support.
Winter Party's Under One Sun Pool Party at The Shelborne
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Under One Sun Pool Party at The Shelborne in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of sun-kissed hotties, DJ Rafael Calvente from Brazil, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Boiling Point Party at Mansion
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Boiling Point Party at Mansion in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of hotties, WE resident DJ Manuel de Diego direct from Madrid, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Industry Party at Safi
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Industry Party at Safi in Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ La Trice, Go-Go Girls, and of course plenty of fun for all.
Winter Party's VIP Party at The Gale
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's VIP Cocktail Party at The Gale Hotel in Miami Beach, FL featured the Sponsors and major donors to The Task Force, DJ AJ Reddy, and awards for appreciation.
Winter Party's Flare at Grand Central
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Flare Party at Grand Central in Miami, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Alyson Calagna and DJ Phil Romano, and plenty of fun all around.
NGLTF 2013 Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival on Miami Beach, FL featured international hotties, DJs Brett Henrichsen & Joe Gauthreaux, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Pa'Ella in Wynwood
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Pa'Ella Party at TSL Lounge in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ GiGi as well as the critically acclaimed Afro-Cuban Funk band Palo performed, and of course plenty of fun all.
Winter Party's Urge: Mercury Rising at Cameo
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Urge: Mercury Rising Party at Cameo in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ duo Rosabel, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Ignite at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Score in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Tony Moran, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Ignite at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Score in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Tony Moran, and plenty of fun all around.
NGLTF Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival Kick Off Party at The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens in Miami Beach, FL featured a bathing suit fashion show by local companies.

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You can get location and more information on Mark's List here: Everybody Drinks The Same Water Opens at Miami Theater Center

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Z-Roc Dermatology Now Open in Fort Lauderdale

Doctors Matthew Zarraga and Khonnie Wongkittiroch at Z-Roc Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale will help you maintain skin that's youthful, supple and smooth for years. The highly experienced staff at Z-Roc is well-versed in cosmetic procedures and treatments for everyday issues like acne, wrinkles and dry skin. They also provide dermal filler injections like Botox and can perform mini face lifts in their surgical suites. 

More serious skin conditions like moles and other lesions that are cancerous can be attended to as well. The friendly staff is dedicated to client satisfaction. You'll be attended to in a serene, modern, state-of-the-art facility that is centrally located and convenient. 

You can find the location and get lots more information on Mark's List right here: Z-Roc Dermatology Now Open in Fort Lauderdale

Floppy Rooster's Weekly Lineup

The Floppy Rooster is an all new, all nude, all male stripper bar just 15 minutes from downtown Miami. The weekly lineup includes the popular "Wednesday Night Cock Fight," an amateur strip contest featuring up to $300 in cash for the winner and 2 for 1 drink specials from 8 pm to midnight. Thursdays is "Floppy Seconds" with 2 for 1 friction dancers, 2 for 1 VIP rates and 2 for 1 well drinks & domestic beers.  Friday & Saturday offers club goers reduced cover before midnight & 2 for 1 drinks specials from 8 pm to midnight. You can find out more on Mark's List right here: Floppy Rooster's Weekly Lineup

Beach Bear Weekend 2014

The 2014 Beach Bear Weekend takes place from May 7th to 12th. This year's Beach Bear Weekend host hotel is once again the Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach. The hotel is offering discounted room rates. BeachBear Weekend was founded by Bob Young, Shannon Spotts, and Chad Bush to bring men from all over the world to experience the exciting and very gay friendly Fort Lauderdale Beach and Wilton Manors Florida, nightlife and other attractions. You can find out more about Beach Bear Weekend and get links here: Beach Bear Weekend Fort Lauderdale 2014

Tampa's GaYbor Gay & Lesbian Entertainment District

Ybor City (EE-borh) in Tampa Florida is a historic neighborhood near downtown Tampa and the port of Tampa. The city was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, most of them from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories rolled millions of cigars fueling a robust local economy that supported the arts, culture and the health of the community. 
 
After WWII many of the neighborhood's cigar factories were abandoned and now the area has been redeveloped into a popular nightclub and entertainment district that includes restaurants, bars and nightclubs, a Muvico theater, shops, offices and hotels. The area boasts the GaYbor entertainment district, with several Gay and Lesbian bars including G.BarHoney Pot and Ybor Social Club and restaurants all within walking distance of a few very conveniently located hotels.
 
The Ybor City neighborhood has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and several structures in the area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

You can find out more about Ybor City on Mark's List here: Tampa's GaYbor Gay & Lesbian Entertainment District

Bar Gaythering Bears and Hares Fridays

Bar Gaythering. No red velvet ropes, no guest lists and no smoking. Friday nights are for Bears and Hares from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am. Drink specials and abundant supply of tasty company, make this a great night to Gayther.  The ambient music is always kept at a level promoting conversation between old friends and new ones.  All are welcome, dress-up if you want, but flip-flops and gym clothes are just as fine. The Bar is a soda gun-free zone. At Gaythering, Coca-Cola tastes like Coca-Cola and Soda Water tastes like Soda Water. You can find out more about the night and get the location, right here: Bar Gaythering Bears and Hares Fridays

Aqua Girl 2014 Miami Beach

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. You can find out more after the Jump: Aqua Girl 2014 Miami Beach

The Beat Goes On - Aiden Leslie Talks New Single

With South Florida still buzzing from the musical high of the recent Winter Music Conference, the intoxicating sound of a fresh, pulsating single is the perfect platform to keep the party going. Aiden Leslie, who has been on the rise in the music scene since 2005, recently released his latest single, "Nobody Said," and its remixes. In addition to his musical endeavors, Aiden is also currently working with amfAR's generationCURE to continue the very important message of HIV prevention and its new initiative: "Countdown to a Cure.” Mark’s List recently spoke with Aiden Leslie about his newest single and his charitable contributions. More after the Jump: The Beat Goes On - Aiden Leslie Talks New Single 

Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour Comes to BB&T Center

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, and music, Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour is an electrifying production presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil unparalleled creativity. The show comes to the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida on May 23rd and 24th.
 
The underpinnings of The Immortal World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances, the show underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.  A live band including some of the same artists who previously worked side by side with Michael, further enhance the excitement and authenticity of the show.
 
Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

You can find the location info on Mark's List here: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour Comes to BB&T Center

Milo's Dog Rescue in Pompano Beach

Milo's Dog Rescue is a non-profit no kill shelter in Pompano Beach. While the shelter's name implies that this is for dogs only, you'll also find cats and other pets. The animals at Milo's are fully vetted prior to adoption. That means they have had testing, and are up-to-date on all vaccinations, including rabies. The pets are also microchipped and spayed or neutered. 

Stop by or give the folks at Milo's a call and begin your journey with a friend who loves you unconditionally. You can find Milo's on Mark's List here: Milo's Dog Rescue in Pompano Beach

Over 2,000 Animals Call Miami's Metro Zoo Home

Miami's Metro Zoo offers visitors over 100 exhibits spread out over 740 total acres. The zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing over 500 species, 40 of them on the endangered species list. Visitors can peruse the collection on over 3 miles of walkways, but getting around the zoo is easy. There are bikes for rent and for an aerial view of Zoo Miami, hop on the air-conditioned Monorail. With four convenient stops throughout the Zoo, the Monorail is a great way to see and learn about the animals.

In addition to the lions and tigers and bears there are more than 1000 species of trees, palms and other plants and hundreds of orchids in the trees cared for by Eastern Airlines Orchid Society. 10,000 - 15,000 Italian honey bees are exhibited in Dr. Wilde's World and over 70 species of birds can be seen in the Wings of Asia Aviary. You can get the details about Miami's Zoo on Mark's List here: Over 2,000 Animals Call Miami's Metro Zoo Home

Solarus Health, Rejuvenation, & Spine Center Now Open

Dr. William McClain at Solarus Health, Rejuvenation & Spine Center’s mission is to help you get your life back.  Convenient to the greater Fort Lauderdale aarea, including Wilton Manors, the health center specializes in healthy living with their goal being to make you look and feel as good as you can. They offer services that include aesthetics, nutrition and age related pain management. You can get the address and more information right here: Solarus Health, Rejuvenation, & Spine Center Now Open

Gregarious Drinkery Now Open on Wilton Drive

Gregarious Drinkery is a new social spot on the South end of Wilton Drive. Located in between Sidelines Sports & Video Bar and 13|Even, the new bar delivers on the promise of sophisticated surroundings in an environment that encourages casual conversation. The drinks are stiff, the staff is sexy and the service is exceptional. You can get the address and check out some photos on Mark's List here: Gregarious Drinkery Now Open on Wilton Drive

W™ South Beach Hotel, Miami Beach Chic

You're invited to follow us past the invisible velvet ropes at the W™Hotel Miami Beach and into the hotel's oceanfront melting pot of international taste makers, Mingle among the people that set the energetic pace of America's premier beach resort, South Beach. Mark's List has the inside scoop on what's happening in the most happening part of Miami and W™ South Beach has the vibe that kick starts unforgettable escapes. You might even spot a celebrity or two in the Living Room, the famed Mr. Chow restaurant or Chef Andrew Carmellini's answer to original American dining, The Dutch. You can get the reservation link and more information on Mark's List here: W™ South Beach Hotel, Miami Beach Chic

The Plant Boat Moves to South of Tunnel Neighborhood

The Plant Boat has moved. The Plant Boat is now located in the South of the Tunnel area on Fedral Highway in Fort Lauderdale. The Plant Boat specializes in exotic interior displays of living plants, including orchids, bromeliads, cactus and other uncommon flora. While the greenhouse used to actually be on a boat on the Intracoastal, the new location is actually much more conveniently located. The store carries a selection of stunning pots, vases and other items that you can use to display your plants. Stop by the plant boat and take advantage of owner Matthew Lang's expert advice on interior plantscapes, plant design and function. You can find out more about the Plant Boat on Mark's List here: Plant Boat Exotic Interior Plants

Stay In One Of Florida's Gatsby Era Hotels

Hotel rates are cheaper in the summer and places many people can't afford to stay in season, often become affordable. Florida has some of the United States enduring, iconic and most beautiful Gatsby Era hotels. You'll find them all on Mark's List! Here are the five that are well worth any price.

In St Petersburg, check out the beachfront Loew's Don Cesar. Known as Florida's "Pink Palace," this grand luxury hotel was built in 1928 to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle. The Don CeSar was born in the Great Gatsby era as a playground for the rich and famous. The iconic “Pink Palace” has been revitalized and refreshed within, ensuring a future as rich and storied as its history.

Also in St Petersburg, big hotel whores will love the classic Vinoy Hotel. The arduous $93 million dollar effort to restore another living piece of history from the Great Gatsby era combined with an acquisition for Marriott Corporation has met great success. This Renaissance property offers all the amenities of a 4-star, 4-Diamond hotel with the grandeur of the 1920s (including the authentic Augusta Block bricks lining the front driveway).

The Floridan Palace Hotel opened in 1927 in downtown Tampa and this nineteen story, 213 room, 15 suite and 3 penthouse luxury hotel has been fully restored to its original grandeur. The hotel is not only central to the history of Tampa Bay, it is an icon in United States history. The hotel's bar, the Sapphire Room, was a popular nightspot during World War II for servicemen who were training at nearby Drew Field to fly B-17s over Europe. The bar's wild reputation at the time earned it the nickname "The Surefire Room". Elvis Presley, Tony Kovac, Babe Ruth and virtualy every notable person that visited Tampa during the hotel's first heyday stayed at the Floridan.   

The Biltmore Hotel, a National Historic Landmark built in 1926 and situated on 150 tropical acres, is located in the Miami neighborhood of Coral Gables. Picture a dreamlike setting complete with exquisite, hand-painted frescos on barrel-vaulted ceilings, brilliant travertine floors, fine marble columns, intricate leaded glass fixtures, carved mahogany furnishings and lavish gardens. Then picture this all in the shadow of a spiraling Moorish Giralda tower. Is it a Spanish castle or a grand Venetian palazzo?

The Breakers in Palm Beach Florida has lured generations of discerning travelers to this picture perfect and idyllic Italian-Renaissance resort on the Atlantic Ocean. Palm Beach has grown into one of the world's playgrounds of the rich and famous and The Breakers, along with the extravagant shopping on Worth Avenue have contributed immensely to this well deserved reputation. Experience the irresistible charm and storied history of this legendary oceanfront resort, which seamlessly blends with an amazing range of modern amenities that include full spa services, multiple pools, golf and every amenity your heart desires. 

 


Visit Silver Springs, Florida's First Tourist Attraction

Silver Springs is a group of artesian springs that feed into the Silver River in Marion County, Florida. It is the largest artesian spring in the world and Florida's oldest tourist attraction, dating back to 1875. In 1985 the state purchased the land surrounding Silver Springs to spare it from development, creating the Silver River State Park. In 1993 the state acquired Silver Springs as well, though it continued to be operated privately. In 2013 the state took over control of Silver Springs, merging it with the adjacent parkland to create Silver Springs State Park.  Today, the World Famous Glass Bottom Boats at Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, Florida give visitors a unique view of the underwater beauty and history of Silver Springs. Knowledgeable captains give a 30 minute tour of the springs that fill the Silver River. Stopping over the deep springs to describe the unusual formations, ancient artifacts, and even movie props from early, underwater films from Hollywood. You can get the location and find out more about the park here: Visit Silver Springs, Florida's First Tourist Attraction

Miami Beach Bruthaz White Party

Miami Beach Bruthaz presents their annual White Party on Thursday July 17th. This year it's a masquerade event. All masks, but nothing to hide! The classy and intimate event begins at 11 pm and is part of the Miami Beach Bruthaz Carnaval Weekend. Miami Beach Bruthaz was founded in July 2006 as an annual summer lifestyle event for Gay and Lesbian men and women from around the world. Through a series of social, knowledge-filled and personalized activities, this event promotes unity, camaraderie and a sense of belonging among its attendees. The event is focused around a central theme: Knowledge, Culture & Fashion. You can find out more about the event on Mark's List here: Miami Beach Bruthaz White Party

Miami Beach Bruthaz Black Gay Pride 2014

July 17th - 20th, 2014, Miami Beach Bruthaz was founded in July 2006 as an annual summer lifestyle event for Gay and Lesbian men and women from around the world. Through a series of social, knowledge-filled and personalized activities, this event promotes unity, camaraderie and a sense of belonging among its attendees. The event is focused around a central theme: Knowledge, Culture & Fashion. Don't miss the South Beach Experience with your Bruthaz at MBB. They've got the upscale White Party, a serious hip hop party, a rooftop pool party, MBB Meets Brazil and more! More after the Jump: Miami Beach Bruthaz 2014 Black Gay Pride

Visit Florida's Iconic Museum, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

John Ringling, one of the five original circus kings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was blessed with entrepreneurial genius and through his success with the circus and other investments, became quite wealthy. In 1911, John (1866-1936) and his wife, Mable (1875-1929) purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. In the spirit of America's wealthiest Gilded Age industrialists, John Ringling gradually acquired a significant art collection, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Velàzquez, Poussin, van Dyck and other Baroque masters, as well as rare antiquities from Cyprus. He built a palace for his treasures in a 21-gallery Museum of Art on his Sarasota property. Nearly 100 million dollars (read that twice) has been spent in the past ten years, expanding the museum, revamping the grounds and growing its phenomenal art collection. You can find out lots more about the museum on Mark's List here: Visit Florida's Iconic Museum, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Visit Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo or Zoo Miami

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features a large collection of Florida animal species, more than any other zoo. The Florida animals include Key Deer, American Alligators, Flamingos, Roseate Spoonbills, Florida Panthers, American Crocodiles, North American River Otters and many other species. The zoo also features several hands-on exhibits, including Lorikeet feeding, stingray feeding, camel rides, an interactive discovery center, a petting area, a river ecotour and West Indian Manatee encounters. The most recent addition to the zoo is Safari Africa, which houses African elephants, giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, White Rhinoceros, shoebill stork, okapi, meerkats and other African species. Miami's Metro Zoo offers visitors over 100 exhibits spread out over 740 total acres. The zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing over 500 species, 40 of them on the endangered species list. Visitors can peruse the collection on over 3 miles of walkways, but getting around the zoo is easy. There are bikes for rent and for an aerial view of Zoo Miami, hop on the air-conditioned Monorail. With four convenient stops throughout the Zoo, the Monorail is a great way to see and learn about the animals. Use the underlined links in the body of the article to get more information about the zoos.

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at Morikami Museum

Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can't be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden, and you've got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks! Join Mark's List every second Friday evening from May through September. 2014 dates include May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12, 2014. You can get the location and learn a lot more about this amazing museum on Mark's List here: Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at Morikami Museum

Take In A Jai Alai Game

Billed as the "World's Fastest Game," Jai Alai is alive in Florida. The Dania Jai Alai fronton, located just east of Federal Highway in downtown Dania, delivers fast paced live game action like no other sport on earth. The Dania Jai Alia is open year around. The ball is typically recorded at speeds of 160 to 170 miles per hour, with world records over 200 MPH. The game is thought to be complex, but is actually incredibly simple. Teams of players compete, one from each team at a time or in doubles (like tennis), against each other in a round robin format until one team reaches 7 or 9 points. The court looks like an enormous racquetball court, about 50 yards wide. There are 6 professional Jai Alai frontons and one amateur fronton in Florida. You can find out more about the Dania Beach location, get  directions and competition times on Mark's List right here: Take in a Dania Beach Jai Alai Game

Take An Everglades Airboat Ride & Visit Ted Smallwood's Store

Captain Jack's mangrove airboat tour and Swamp Buggy rides in Florida's Everglades deliver loads of fun. You'll feel the wind in your face as you skim the surface of the water, zipping through twisting mangrove tunnels. You'll see unique Everglades plants and animals, including alligators. Your captain will entertain you with stories, folklore, history, and lots of fun animal and Everglades facts. Following your ride continue your journey down to Ted Smallwood's store on the western edge of the Everglades, deep in the heart of the 10,000 Islands. Chokoloskee Island has been called one of Florida's last frontiers and the Smallwood Store was founded in 1906 as a trading post for Everglades pioneers. You can find out more about the airboat tours here: Captain Jack's Mangrove Airboat Tour and you can find the historic trading post here: Ted Smallwood's Store

Florida's Bok Tower Gardens & Singing Tower

Bok Tower Gardens or the Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower is a 250 acre botanical garden and bird sanctuary, located north of Lake Wales, Florida. The 205-foot tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center is built at the highest point of Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet above sea level. The Tower and Gardens are a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Under construction for over five years, Bok Tower Gardens was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, 1929. While the nearby theme parks of central Florida draw millions of visitors from all over the world, the Bok Tower, with a few thousand visitors a year, is a treasured piece of Florida history, an ode to a Florida many have forgotten. You can find out more about the Bok Tower on Mark's List here: Florida's Bok Tower Gardens & Singing Tower

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