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.
The Gay Travel Experience: Miami, Florida
I have found guys in Miami to be so friendly–probably the most friendly gay men out at bars in the US! I’ve made many gay friends at Miami Beach gay bars like the famous Twist and Palace. These Miami bodies may be muscled and intimidating, but the guys are certainly friendly people!
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.
The Royal Palm South Beach Hotel served me and my friends well way back during my first trip to the. city. The room had fantastic 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.
One of the classic Miami gay hotels is the Delano South Beach. Gay travelers have. been staying here for decades! If you’re not the biggest fan of staying directly in the heart of South Beach, then I highly recommend the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. If you’re looking for luxury, this is certainly it. Many gay travelers opt for this spectacular location, which has a plethora of dining, nightlife and outdoor activities on site.
Things to Do in South Beach
Miami Art Deco architecture is beautiful. If you are enthusiastic about architecture, definitely book one of the many Miami Art Deco walking tours. I spent a few hours walking through the historic neighborhood, taking in the pastel colors and popping into a few stores to cool off from the summer heat.
Española Way is a great bet for good restaurants. Many places have outdoor seating in adorable pedestrian alleyways. I recommend avoiding the restaurants along Ocean Drive—the ones that have all the hosts and hostesses trying to get you to come in.
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.
My friends and I enjoyed cocktails and a fantastic gourmet lunch at La Côte. The restaurant is outside within the Fontaine Bleau Miami Beach hotel. Our good friend Derek is the sous chef, and we were delighted with all his entree recommendations.
For drinks and/or shopping, walk down Lincoln Road. Many big-brand stores and coffee shops are here, where locals and tourists both spend time. Like sweet drinks? Stop at the Sugar Factory for some sharable drinks served with dry ice!
For breakfast food, I always find myself at The Front Porch Café. Delicious traditional American comfort food is good any time of day.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 taxi application in Miami. It’s always super cheap. Even a ride from the Miami International Airport is quite affordable.
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