Aqua Girl® 2016 in Miami Beach, FL

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AQUA GIRL 2016 GUIDE

Ladies, start your engines!

Miami’s most anticipated Lesbian throw down – Aqua Girl - is from May 11 to May 15, 2016! 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.
 
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   

The Raleigh is this year's Aqua Girl host hotel.

Libations for the Ladies 

In 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

Where to hang in between events

Art 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!

 

Aqua Girl & Impulse Group SoFL's Evolution Pool Party
The  Aqua Girl & Impulse Group South Florida's Evolution CoEd Pool Party was held at The National Hotel featuring beats by DJ AJ Reddy, DJ Citizen Jane, and DJ Dan Slater.
 
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2016 AquaMen Pool Party at Raleigh Hotel
The  Aqua Girl AquaMen CoEd Pool Party was held at Raleigh Hotel featuring Hostess Athena Dion with DJ Miss M and DJ Tommy Love spinning all day, as well as hot Go Go Girls and Guys.

Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2016 Aqualicious Pool Party
Aqua Girl's Friday Splash Pool Party at the Raleigh Hotel featured DJ Pat Pat, DJ Citizen Jane, and DJ SheRock, as well as the Miami Heat Dancers and plenty of hot girls dancing pool side.

Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2016 Fuego Latin Dance Party at Senior Frogs
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami Beach, FL. They hosted their Fuego Latin Dance Party at Senior Frogs with DJ Miss M and DJ Pat Pat spinning all night long.
 
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2016 Splash Pool Party at Raleigh Hotel
Aqua Girl's Friday Splash Pool Party at Raleigh Hotel featured DJ Zehno and DJ SheRock as well as hot girls hanging pool side.

Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2016 Traffic Jam Party at Score
The Aqua Foundation recently hosted the premiere Women's Week party Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Traffic Jam Party at Score Nightclub featured DJs Miss M and Citizen Jane, hot Go Go Dancers, and plenty of girls.

Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 AquaMan Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The AquaMan CoEd Pool Party was held at National Hotel featured Hostess Adora and DJ Miss M and DJ Tatiana as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Tatiana and DJ Citizen Jane as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Fuego Latin Dance Party at Tantra Nightclub
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami Beach, FL. They hosted their Fuego Latin Dance Party at the Tantra Nightclub with DJ Tatiana spinning all night long.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Splash Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. Their Friday Splash Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Miss M as well as hot girls hanging pool side.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub featured DJs Miss M and Citizen Jane, hot Go Go Dancers, and plenty of girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami Beach, FL. Their Kick Off social event was a Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 VIP Party at Stonewall Gallery
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl in Miami, FL. The VIP Party at Stonewall Gallery in Wilton Manors and awarded various women in the community.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Beach House Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Zehno as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Tatiana as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Fuego Party at Nikki Beach
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Fuego Party at Nikki Beach featured DJ Citizen Jane and DJ Tatianna and was the premier Latin party of the festival.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub featured DJs Vixen and Citizen Jane, hot Go Go Dancers, and plenty of girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 VIP Party at Miami Beach Botanical Garden
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The VIP Party at Miami Beach Botanical Garden featured an Awards Ceremony to those that have helped the foundation along the way.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. Their Kick Off social event was a Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar.

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