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Miami Gay Travel

Art Deco buildings and shirtless men share these Florida shores. Check out the gay beach, the best Miami gay clubs and more with this Miami gay travel guide.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Miami, Florida

Every time I’ve visited Miami, no matter the season, I’ve had a blast. I’ve even visited two days after a hurricane swept through town and the parties were on fire! Miami embodies party culture and a vibe of sunny relaxation.
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I have found guys in Miami to be very friendly. I’ve made many gay friends at Miami Beach gay bars like the famous Twist and Palace. The Miami bodies may be muscled and intimidating, but they guys are friendly people!

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In this Miami gay travel guide, I’ll give you tips for all the best gay bars, gay parties and gay beaches near the popular Ocean Boulevard. Find out the most luxurious and the most budget-friendly yet adorable places to stay in Miami for gay travelers.

Gay Miami: Where to Stay

The hub of all gay life in Miami is in South Beach, near 12th Street and Ocean Drive. This is where most gay bars and the Miami gay beach is located. My recommendation is to stay near this area, or within a 15-minute walking distance to it.

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I have stayed in both Airbnb rentals and hotels while visiting Miami. For an affordable hotel, check out the Royal Palm South Beach.
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The Royal Palm served me and my friends well with great ocean views and comfortable beds. They also have a open-air bar in the rear of the building, which you can access even if you are not staying in the hotel.
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South Beach is relatively walkable, so it is easy to get most places on foot or via a short taxi ride. When I rented an Airbnb about 10 minutes inland from the beach for a longer stay, walking home late at night was no problem.

Things to Do in South Beach

Miami Art Deco architecture is beautiful. If you are gung-ho about it, book one of the architecture walking tours. I spent a few hours walking through the historic neighborhood taking in the pastel colors and popping into a couple of stores to cool off in the summer heat.

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In my experience, these places pump out low quality food and charge too much for it. You are better off venturing a little farther inland from the beach.
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Little Havana can be another night’s dinner option. Perusing the streets and seeing older men playing cards while smoking cigars in this small neighborhood was super fun! I stopped in a small diner and had some authentic Cuban food.
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Española Way is a great bet for good restaurants. Many places have outdoor seating in adorable pedestrian alleyways. Try to avoid the restaurants along Ocean Drive—the ones that have all the hosts and hostesses trying to get you to come in.
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Miami Gay Beach

The Miami gay beach is called 12th Street Beach. You’ll know when you’re there when you see a little lifeguard hut with a big LGBT flag. 

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Before your beach day, stop for coffee at Aroma Espresso Bar. This was my friends and my favorite spot for the outdoor seating and delicious espresso.

Miami Gay Bars & Clubs

I’d say the crowd favorite Miami gay bar is Twist. I love it because its like a maze with all these different rooms as well as an outdoor courtyard. It’s always a very comfortable place to be.

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Each room at Twist a different vibe and style of music, ranging from circuit music to Latin. The front room with the dancers always fills first, and as the night progresses, men will fill in room by room.
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Palace is the best Miami gay bar for drag performances. Drag queens take to the sidewalks with flashy performances. The talent is on par with New York City, so it’s a guaranteed good time.

Also, Palace is my favorite gay bar to start a night out in Miami because it is very informal and relaxed. For photos, events and reservations, visit the Palace Bar Miami Website.

South Beach Gay Clubs

Score Nightclub is certainly the most popular gay club in Miami. With electronic beats and dancers, this South Beach gay nightclub hosts more of a circuit-style party. Head to the Score Nightclub Website for event lists.

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The venue is a large club style with a smaller side area to hang out when not dancing. There will be a cover at the door in order to enter the party.

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Glam nightclub also hosts many Miami gay parties, although I have never been to this venue. However, I would vouch for these parties since I am familiar with the people who promote the parties here like Cha da Alice.

Miami Travel Tips

Lyft is my go-to carshare app in Miami. It is always super cheap. Even a ride from the Miami International Airport is quite affordable.

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I would avoid staying in accommodations in the downtown area if you are visiting for a vacation. The vibe is quiet and you feel a bit separated from the buzz of South Beach.
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