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wolfyy’s Miami gay guide to the best hotels, restaurants, beaches, gay bars, clubs, parties & cruising.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Miami, Florida

Miami is one of those magical gay destinations that everyone loves for its beautiful weather, easy pace of life, and awesome gay scene. 

Miami gay travel

There’s always something for gay travelers to do in Miami, whether it’s lounging by the pool, enjoying the beach, or partying at the local gay bars and clubs.

Miami gay guide
Miami gay travel
Miami gay guide

While the muscled bodies can be intimidating, Miami gay locals tend to be super friendly people. If you’re on the shy side, South Beach is a great gay destination to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve made some great friends out at the local gay bars.

In this guide, you’ll discover all the best gay hotels, bars, clubs, and local things to do.

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Miami gay traveler
Miami gay hotel

Miami Gay Hotels & Where to Stay

12th Street and Ocean Drive is the center of Miami’s gay district and is naturally among the most popular areas of the city for gay travelers to book a hotel or vacation rental. Most gay bars as well as the gay beach are right here.

Delano South Beach
Miami gay hotels in south beach
Delano South Beach

Miami Beach vacation rentals as well as South Beach hotels on Ocean Drive are equally popular and have both been fantastic in my experience. There are plenty of Miami gay hotels to choose from, too.

Miami gay hotels in south beach

Vacation home rentals tend to be less expensive than hotels since they’re not typically beachfront. However, they do typically come with a lot more space and can be ideal for groups of friends.

Miami gay hotel

AxelBeach Miami: The Best Local Gay Hotel

AxelBeach Miami is undoubtedly the most popular gay hotel in Miami for being packed with handsome guys. Everything about the property’s design is elegant too, from the colorful geometric outdoor furniture to the soft art-deco-inspired interior finishes.

Axel gay hotel Miami
AxelBach Miami gay hotel
Axel gay hotel Miami

The hotel’s location, huge swimming pool, and outdoor jacuzzi tub are a few other reasons gay travelers love staying at AxelBeach Miami. Plus, it’s part of the famous Axel Hotels brand, so it doesn’t get gayer than this!

AxelBach Miami gay hotel

Hôtel Gaythering

Hôtel Gaythering is a must-mention, as one of the most popular adults-only gay hotels in Miami. They have 23 sexy red and black-themed rooms. It’s quite an erotic design.

There’s also a popular gay sauna within Hôtel Gaythering, which is free for hotel guests. Being able to pop in to cruise any time of day is quite a perk! I’ll mention more about it in the gay saunas section of this guide.

rooms Hôtel Gaythering Miami
rooms Hôtel Gaythering Miami
Fontainebleau hote miamil

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a wonderful hotel choice for anyone not concerned with staying directly in the heart of Miami. This property embodies luxury in every sense.

Fontainebleau hote miamil

You might even consider Fontainebleau a Miami gay hotel given how many gay travelers stay here, even though it’s not branded as LGBT. The hotel has all sorts of dining, nightlife, and outdoor activity options.

The below video shows some epic drone shots of the Fontainebleau, produced by MIADrones Media.

Royal Palm South Beach

I stayed at the gay-friendly Royal Palm South Beach hotel during my first trip to Miami. It’s a fantastic inexpensive beachfront hotel option where you’re bound to find some other gay travelers.

beachfront Miami gay hotel

I was super comfortable here and highly recommend it even though it’s not necessarily the most luxurious hotel around. My room had a fantastic ocean view which I loved waking up to each morning.

Miami gay hotel
beachfront Miami gay hotel
Miami gay hotel

The Royal Palm also has an open-air bar and pool behind the hotel, which is often used as the venue for local gay events. You can also pay to enjoy this space if you are not staying with them. I’d call and make a reservation though, just to be sure.

More Miami Hotels I Recommend

Here are a few other fantastic gay friendly hotels in Miami that are highly rated and perfectly located for enjoying the city’s gay life.

Miami gay friendly hotel

Esme Miami Beach

Hotel Victor Miami

Hotel Victor

Kimpton Anglers Hotel

Kimpton Angler’s

W South Beach

W South Beach

Miami Gay Travel Experiences

Explore the Art Deco District

The Art Deco architecture in Miami is beautiful. 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.

An Art Deco bike tour is the perfect way to cover as much ground as possible if you’re curious about all there is to see.

Miami gay traveler
Miami gay traveler
staying in downtown Miami

Stroll Lincoln Road

Walk down Lincoln Road and enjoy some drinks and shopping. Many big-brand stores and coffee shops are here, where locals and tourists both spend time. It’s one of the best places to shop in Miami.

Like sweet drinks? Stop at the Sugar Factory while you shop on Lincoln Road for some sharable drinks served with dry ice!

staying in downtown Miami

Miami Gay Cruises

Several of the famous Atlantis cruises depart from Miami, making a journey around the Caribbean and nearby Mexican Island destinations.

Miami beaches
Miami beaches
Miami gay cruises

If you’re interested in taking a gay cruise, Miami is a great destination to explore before you set sail, or even after you get back!

Wondering what these cruises are like? Read about a typical Atlantis gay cruise from first-hand experience.

Miami gay cruises

Explore Wynwood

Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami with a fantastic streetscape and lots of gay-friendly establishments. The area is known for bright, colorful murals.

Miami gay traveler

Stop by the Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum containing a series of street murals done by world-renowned artists. You can also visit one of the various art galleries in Wynwood or the nearby Miami Design District.

Wynwood murals in miami
Wynwood murals in miami
Miami gay traveler

Wynwood’s restaurant scene is also popular, with so many diverse and stylish places to eat. Explore both food and local art with a Wynwood food & art walking tour.

Visit Little Havana

Head to Little Havana to grab a delicious and informal dinner. Make sure to walk down Calle Ocho, the famous stretch of East Little Havana. Here you’ll find the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, where Cuban pop stars have their own stars of tribute in the sidewalks.

Perusing the streets and seeing older men playing cards while smoking cigars in this small neighborhood was so entertaining! It was quite a cultural experience as well. I stopped in a small diner and had some authentic Cuban food.

Miami Gay Beaches

12th Street Gay Beach is the official Miami gay beach, located right in the heart of Miami’s South Beach gay district. Popular, easy to get to, and close to tons of restaurants and bars, 12th Street Beach is the place to be.

Miami gay beach

When you see a little lifeguard hut with a big LGBT flag, you’ve arrived! Show up at the gay beach in style with some sexy swimsuits from these popular gay swimwear brands.

Miami gay beach
Miami gay nude beach

Haulover Naturist Beach is a clothing-optional gay beach near Miami that’s perfect for a day trip. It’s the second most popular gay beach in Miami after 12th Street Beach. 

Miami gay nude beach

Haulover is a favorite of gay locals, including those from nearby Fort Lauderdale. Getting there. by car only takes about 30 minutes from South Beach.

Park in the Haulover Lot #1 to reach the gay beach easily, since it’s toward the north end of the park. It’s open from sunrise to sunset, so Haulover is a great option for a full or half-day trip. Keep in mind also that they don’t allow inflatable tubes or rafts.

Miami gay beach

Restaurants in Miami

Española Way is always a good bet for good restaurants. Many places have outdoor seating in adorable pedestrian alleyways. 

Miami restaurants Espanola Way
Miami restaurants Espanola Way
Miami gay travel

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.

Miami gay travel

La Côte was the perfect restaurant to enjoy cocktails and a tasty gourmet lunch with friends. They are is within the Fontainebleau hotel property. Our good friend Derek was the sous chef that day, and we were delighted with all his entrée recommendations.

Le Fontainebleau restaurant

Casa Tua is popular with gay travelers, known for their Italian cuisine. The restaurant is right near the convention center on 17th Street.

Miami gay beach
Le Fontainebleau restaurant

I always find myself at The Front Porch Café for breakfast when visiting Miami. Delicious traditional American comfort food is good any time of day.

miami gay drag brunch

R House is a legendary drag restaurant in the Wynwood neighborhood. They host two drag brunches on both Saturdays and Sundays, along with other drag events and dinners on weekdays.

gay friendly restaurant miami r house
miami gay drag brunch
gay friendly restaurant miami r house

Both the food and cocktails are delicious. The restaurant is super spacious too, with a ton of indoor and outdoor seating. Make reservations in advance if you can!

Art Deco neighborhood tour

Aroma Espresso Bar is always a dependable option for a quick snack or your morning coffee. My friends and I love this place for its cozy outdoor seating.

Miami Gay Bars

Twist

Twist is one of the best gay bars in Miami. I’d say it’s probably the overall crowd favorite, too. I love their maze-like interior and spacious outdoor courtyard. It’s always a comfortable place to spend an evening.

Twist Miami gay bar
Twist Miami gay bar
Miami gay bars

Each room at Twist has a different vibe and style of music, ranging from circuit music to Latin. The front room with the dancers always fills up first. Later on, as the night progresses, guys will fill in room by room.

Miami gay bars

Palace South Beach

Palace South Beach is the best gay bar in Miami for drag performances. Drag queens take to the sidewalks with flashy performances. They are so incredibly talented! 

I love starting a night out at Palace because it’s so informal and relaxed. There’s often a crowd in the afternoon, too. Above is an iconic video of one of the Palace drag queen performances out on the street during the day!

Nathan's Bar

Nathan’s Bar is a relatively new addition to Miami’s gay bar scene. They typically play a popular Latino mix on the weekends and during the week often host a sing-a-long night.

newest Miami gay bar
newest Miami gay bar
drag show at Miami gay bar

The interior of Nathan’s is modern and colorful. A few of my friends visited and also mentioned they enjoyed the outdoor seating.

drag show at Miami gay bar

Miami Gay Clubs & Parties

Score Club

Score is one of the most popular gay clubs in Miami. Right in the heart of South Beach, expect more of a circuit party vibe with dancing go-go boys.

Score nightclub South Beach

The club has a large dance floor, as well as a small side area with a bar that’s better for socializing. Make sure to bring cash with you, too. There will be a cover charge at the door to get in.

Score nightclub South Beach
gay clubs Miami

Spending the latter part of your night at Score is ideal since it gets pretty rowdy as the night progresses. Don’t forget to wear some sexy underwear and bring along your best gay party accessories.

Miami gay clubs

Club Boi

Club Boi is Miami’s popular urban gay club, located in the heart of South Beach. They play all types of music, from hip hop to house. 

Go to one of their weekly Sexy Saturdays parties, which go all night, usually until 4 or 5 AM. They host a bunch of special events too, like gay holiday, Halloween and Carnival parties.

miami gay party

Miami Circuit Parties

Miami hosts several incredible gay circuit parties and festivals each year, attracting thousands of LGBT partiers.

Winter Party Miami is one of the most popular gay events in the city. Travelers come from all over the United States and South America for Winter Party. And the main beach party is held in the h heart of Miami’s gay district on 12th Street Beach.

Miami gay event
miami gay party
Miami gay event

Matinée Group, one of the world’s biggest gay party producers, hosts the yearly Circuit Festival Miami. They bring in top internationally-renowned DJs, enormous stages, and plenty of dancers.

Miami Pride

As one of the “gayest cities in Florida,” Miami gay pride events are pretty spectacular. Visiting South Beach for pride is always a great experience.

Miami Beach Pride events are typically held in September. Joining the electrifying oceanside pride parade, showing support for everyone LGBTQ+ and partying all night is a great way to end the summer travel season.

One of my favorite things about South Beach gay Pride is that you see a large spectrum of our gay community, from the snappy young circuit queens to the older gay men and women who helped us fight for many of the LGBT rights we have today.

Grab some pride-themed clothing and accessories to show your support!

Or, explore all the other amazing pride events and parades around the world.

Miami Gay Saunas & Cruising

Miami has some of the best gay saunas and cruising venues in the country! Here are the places you need to know about.

Miami gay cruising

The Sauna at Hotel Gaythering

Hôtel Gaythering’s sauna is the perfect place to enjoy some late afternoon or evening cruising. This place is on the smaller side, but it’s a super clean facility with a jacuzzi tub, playroom, and dry sauna. 

gay sauna in Miami
Miami gay cruising
gay sauna in Miami

Located on the west end of Lincoln Road, this gay sauna is open every day starting at 2 PM and closes at 2 AM. The last entry is about an hour before closing, so don’t be late! Towels and locker facilities are included.

Club Aqua

I personally love Club Aqua. This gay bathhouse is huge, with so many different areas for cruising. It might seem a little out of the way since it’s not in South Beach, but a ride here will definitely be worth it.

Club Aqua Miami
gay sauna weight room
Club Aqua Miami

Club Aqua’s facilities include a large outdoor heated pool, steam room, dry sauna, weight room, and video lounge. Plus, this local gay cruising spot is open 24/7, so you can never be late!

Don’t forget to wear your favorite sexy gay jockstrap.

gay sauna weight room

More Gay Sauna Options

For even more places to cruise, set your sights on the say saunas in nearby Fort Lauderdale. One of the popular spots there is The Club Fort Lauderdale.

Miami gay traveler driving

Miami Travel Tips

South Florida’s heat and humidity will definitely make you sweat. For destinations like Miami, I can’t live without these cleansing skin wipes, especially because they have an exfoliating side that helps wipe away dirt.

Miami gay travel
Miami gay travel
Miami gay traveler driving

See plenty more suggestions in wolfyy’s list of what to pack for tropical destinations. You’ll find my favorite waterproof gear, lightweight clothing ideas, rain gear, and tons more.

Lyft is always 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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Explore another one of the gayest cities in Florida with wolfyy’s Fort Lauderdale gay travel guide.

Or, if you’re craving something even more tropical, check out these popular Key West gay hotels and resorts.

Need more travel inspiration? Explore wolfyy’s full collection of gay travel guides.

For additional resources, visit the official Miami Tourism Bureau website.


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