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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 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!

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Miami gay pride sidewalk

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 South Beach Airbnb rentals as well as traditional Miami hotels on Ocean Drive. The Airbnb homes tend to be more economical since they’re not right on the beach and in many instances will not include a pool.

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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.

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skyscraper downtown

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.



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 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.

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south beach restaurants
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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.

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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.

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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Le Fontainebleau restaurant

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!

Le Fontainebleau restaurant

For breakfast food, I always find myself at The Front Porch Café. Delicious traditional American comfort food is good any time of day.

Is your visit to Miami super short? A bus tour with Big Bus Tours Miami is a great way to see as much of this wonderful city as you can in a short amount of time. Plus, seeing the heart of South Beach from an open-air bus is definitely a comfortable way to take in all the wonderful architecture.
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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. 

Miami gay beach

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.

Twist Bar SoBe
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.
Twist Bar SoBe
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gay bars Miami

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.

Score nightclub South Beach

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.

Score nightclub South Beach
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Miami gay clubs

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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nature walks Miami
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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