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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MTV Short Film Takes a Look at Masculinity in America

A new short film from MTV takes a gritty look at homophobia and how gender norms make it hard for us to be who we really. "American Male" explores the behaviors society expects from men and and women from the perspective of a young man who grew up trying to live up to those expectations (Photo: YouTube).



The short film follows the typical "masculine" guy during his daily activities. He can be seen working out intensely, high-fiving his bros, crushing cans of beers and agressively paddling another guy at a party while calling him a "faggot." He lists the many behavioral differences that are expected from men and women, including how they are supposed to sit, how to hold books, what they should listen to, and which alcoholic beverages to drink.

“I would like for viewers to gain a better understanding of what life feels like in the closet,” filmmaker Michael Rohrbaugh told The Huffington Post. “I also hope they’ll reflect upon their own lives and think about falsehoods that might be holding them back. So many of the social norms we’ve been taught are rooted in discrimination, and so many young people are taught to feel ashamed of who they are, raised to believe that ‘there’s something wrong with them,’ that ‘they’re not normal’ or ‘not who they should be.’ Those types of lies are really destructive, which is why they must be exposed and debunked.”

“American Male” is the winner of MTV’s Look Different Creator Competition, which invited up-and-coming filmmakers to create work surrounding the topic of privilege.

Read more on Huffington Post.

Hillary Clinton Reaches Out to Florida's LGBT Voters

Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in the public eye for over 40 years, and for nearly 25 of those years, she has carved out her own legacy, refusing to be a mere mention alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton. She served for eight years as United States Senator from New York, and then went on to represent our country abroad as our third female Secretary of State. In the upcoming presidential election, she will face Republican nominee Donald Trump. With just weeks before Election Day, polls show Clinton and Trump in a close battle, with each candidate boasting a loyal voting base. Like in past elections, the turnout from Florida could very well decide the end result this time around (Photo: Adam Schultz).
 
Recently Secretary Clinton sat down with Mike Halterman to talk about her proposed policies should she be elected, the legacy of the LGBT rights movement, and her vision for our country's future. Read the full interview: Hillary Clinton Reaches Out to Florida's LGBT Voters

OUT in Wilton Manors & Fort Lauderdale

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this weekend? We've got you covered on all the action with direct links to Mark's List's featured gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale: Hunters NightclubLeBoy Strip ClubThe Manor ComplexProgress BarRosie’s Bar & Grill & Village Pub

(Photo: SMART Ride Fundraiser at Manor Lanes)

OUT in Miami & South Beach

Going out in Miami or South Beach this weekend? We've got you covered on all the events. Check out these direct links to some of the hottest bars, events and restaurants in the area: Club Boi 3.0The Floppy RoosterHotel GaytheringPalace Bar & Restaurant

(Photo: Able & Baker)

 

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Gay App Jack’d Urges Gay Men To Cut the B.S.

Jack’d, a leading gay social app, is continuing its #ChangeTheGame initiative with an eight-week campaign aimed at challenging preconceived notions of what it means to be gay. Each week, the campaign focuses on a new topic of special relevance to the community of gay men that use Jack’d. The first week’s topic focuses on kindness. Find out more about how you can #ChangeTheGame of gay hookups: Gay App Jack’d Urges Gay Men To Cut the B.S.

Hollywood's Heating Up: 20 Films To Watch This Fall

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City of Miami Beach Supports World Out Games Miami 2017

Momentum is building for World Out Games Miami 2017 with the announcement of a major commitment from the City of Miami Beach. During a recent City of Miami Beach Commission meeting, the City Commission voted unanimously to support World Out Games Miami, which will be held Friday, May 26 through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

“It is great for us to have the support of the City of Miami Beach, which fosters so many great programs that improve the quality of life for its residents and attracts visitors around the world,” said Ivan Cano, chief executive officer of World OutGames Miami. “We deeply thank Mayor Philip Levine and fellow Commissioners, City Manager Jimmy Morales and staff for their vision to recognize how the World OutGames will inspire, motivate and unify thousands of people.”

Magic and Wonder Coming to Adrienne Arsht Center

The Theatre Season in South Florida promises to be better than ever and the Adrienne Arsht Center is helping to heat things up this year with seven shows highlighting some of Broadway’s biggest recent hits with some classics thrown in for good measure. This year, Broadway Across America - Miami and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami-Dade County present the 2016 / 2017 Broadway In Miami Season.

Fall 2016 TV Preview: What Are You Watching?

This fall season is one of the most hotly-anticipated in many years due to the sheer variety of new options: 40 different television series will be premiering in the months of September and October. We're going to give you the lowdown on 14 New Shows and Seven Returning Favorites.

(Photo: Lucas Till stars as MacGuyver on CBS)

New Season of Broadway in Fort Lauderdale

Each year, some of the hottest Broadway shows make their way to South Florida, and this year is no exception. The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale welcomes a slew of The Great White Way’s best in what promises to be one of the most jam packed theatre seasons in recent memory. Take a look at what they have in store this season: Broadway in Fort Lauderdale 

Matt Sarafa: New Clothing Line 'Edgy, Urban and Badass'

Inspired by the "Unconventional Challenge" on Project Runway: Junior, standout star Matt Sarafa took his knowledge of fashion along with his avant-garde style to create his first clothing line Hot ME$$, a unisex clothing line for men and women of all ages. This trendy line includes a variety of shirts, an amazing bomber jacket and a few accessories, including a snapback hat and backpack. Matt's line features an edgy, urban and fun style that is not afraid to push boundaries or take risks. We caught up with Matt to dish on his new clothing line Hot Me$$, fall fashion trends and his Project Runway Junior experience. Read the full interview with Matt Sarafa (Photos by Brooke Mason).

Fontainebleau Hosts National LGBTQ Task Force Gala

The National LGBTQ Task Force Gala (Miami), presented by Wells Fargo, returns to the spectacular Sparkle Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 6:30 pm to midnight. The evening features a cocktail reception, a sit-down dinner, a silent auction, an awards ceremony, and dancing.

This year's honorees are Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley (Producers, Broadway For Orlando) and Steve Rothaus (Miami Herald Staff Writer). Get all the details about the Task Force Gala and purchase tickets to the event. 

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Fall Preview: 18 Can't-Miss Events Across South Florida

This fall is going to be a great time to check out a show here in South Florida. Tons of artists come to town to put on concerts, plays, and (practically) every gay man’s favorite- musicals! If you are in the mood for a show, a concert, or a cultural event look no further. Check out our list of events taking place this autumn across Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami: 18 Events Across South Florida

MiFo LGBT Film Festival Fort Lauderdale Edition

The MiFo LGBT Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, has two film festivals per year: Miami in April and Fort Lauderdale in October. The 8th Annual Fort Lauderdale Edition is from October 7 to October 16, 2016. Get all the details on this year's films and tickets to the event: MiFo LGBT Film Festival Fort Lauderdale Edition

(Photo: Esteros - Glow Screening on Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm at Classic Gateway Theater)

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The 2016 SMART Ride Benefiting Broward House

On November 18 and 19 about 500 people will ride their bicycles along a 165 mile scenic trek from Miami to Key West in the SMART Ride 2016. They will be supported by 250 volunteer crew members.   In 2015 nearly $1,000,000 was raised and one hundred percent of this money went AIDS Service Organizations in Florida to serve individuals who are HIV positive or to prevent HIV. This was possible because 100% of the ride production was supported by donations and sponsors. Broward House is an honored participant and recipient for the SMART Ride. You could be a part of this fulfilling experience by donating, riding crewing or sponsoring.  

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