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 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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Miami Beach Gay Pride Presents 'Soiree By The Sea'

Proving that “Pride” is a feeling expressed year-round by the South Florida LGBTQ and allied community, Miami Beach Gay Pride will again present “Soirée,” the fourth annual VIP cocktail reception to raise funds to help produce the 2017 Pride parade and festival. This year’s event, “Soirée By The Sea,” will feature music; an exclusive raffle; premium cocktails from Stoli, Herradura and Barefoot wines; hors d’oeuvres; and many surprises. Get all the details about the event: Miami Beach Gay Pride Presents 'Soiree By The Sea' Fundraiser

(Photo: Miami Beach Gay Pride 2016 Soiree)

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Johnathan Lee Iverson Talks 'Out Of This World'

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Back for his seventh tour as Ringmaster with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, it was a pleasure to sit down with Johnathan Lee Iverson, just a couple weeks before they come to South Florida. Read the full interview: Johnathan Lee Iverson Talks 'Out Of This World'

Joe vs Nick: Whose Underwear Campaign is Hotter?

DNCE lead singer Joe Jonas is heating up the internet, but it's not for one of his hit songs. The middle Jonas brother recently revealed several sexy images from his new underwear campaign with Guess. You may remember Nick Jonas had an extremely steamy underwear campaign of his own with Calvin Klein back in 2014. So now the question remains: which JoBro's underwear campaign is hotter?

(Photo: Instagram)

Joe Jonas:
 

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Nick Jonas:


Let us know which JoBro is hottest!

An Interview With Drag Superstar Latrice Royale

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A Fitter, Healthier 2017: Seven Achievable Ideas

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Chamber Business After Hours at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

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"Dr. King’s words are always inspirational — and today they’re also an eloquent and urgent invitation to join the social justice movement. As we remember his legacy, we also lift-up the people who worked with him in the civil rights  movement — heroes like Congressman John Lewis who continue to champion civil rights and justice today. When an iconic leader like Congressman Lewis is maligned and his entire district is mischaracterized as ‘crime infested’ and ‘falling apart’, it is an attack on Dr. King's dream and on the entire movement for freedom, justice and equity. Shame on you Donald Trump, for using this MLK holiday to further divide our nation," Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.

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The Fabulous South Beach Brunch Experience at Palace

Whatever your plans are this weekend—change them!  Palace Bar is hosting two days of fabulous brunches. Starting on Saturday, don’t miss the International Drag Brunch with host Noel Leon and other special guests.  Enjoy a delicious menu, non-stop drag shows, unlimited margaritas and music by DJ Josh Riptide. Seatings are at 11:30 am & 2 pm. 

The outrageousness continues during Sunday’s Brunchic—South Beach’s infamous drag brunch. Featuring special weekly guest DJs and dynamic divas, enjoy unlimited mimosas, non-stop drag shows and a Sunset T-Dance at 4 pm. Seatings are at 11:30 am & 2 pm. More about Palace after the Jump: The Fabulous South Beach Brunch Experience at Palace
 

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(Photo: Tom Hardy Stars in Taboo)

Andrew Christian Model Arad's Favorite Things: 2016

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Mark’s List recently spoke with Arad about the incredibly sexy Andrew Christian Christmas video he was featured in, what you can expect to see in 2017 and some of his favorite things from 2016. Read the full interview: Andrew Christian Model Arad's Favorite Things: 2016

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(Photo: New Yorkers Nick and Steve wrestle on their first date)

Hosted by cheekily charming comedian Mike Kelton (Logo/MTV/VH1), "Love is Blind" follows sixteen single New York City men on eight (one per episode) off-the-wall, unpredictable, and blind-as-a-bat first dates. Voyeuristic viewers tag along for the day-long courtship as these courageous men turn each other on—and sometimes [snap!] turn on each other. Ice-breaking activities include everything from wrestling matches and kink classes to body painting and tantric yoga. After the date, the couples are whisked away to a proper dinner date, where, clutching much needed drinks, the couples unwind, flirt and on occasion, fizzle.

WATCH:

The premiere episode airs on Valentine's Day 2017 on Dekkoo.

Florida's 5 Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).

In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub. Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on.



New Year's Eve 2017 Photos: Miami

PHOTOS: New Year's Eve 2017 in Miami 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 3.0 
The Floppy Rooster

Palace Bar & Restaurant

(Photo: Club Boi)

New Year's Eve 2017 Photos: Fort Lauderdale

PHOTOS: New Year's Eve 2017 in Wilton Manors & Fort Lauderdale

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or Wilton Manors 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 Nightclub 
LeBoy Strip Club 
The Manor Complex
Progress Bar
Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Village Pub

(Photo: The Manor)

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