Gay Key West
For decades Key West has been considered the place where one can be OUT, open and welcomed. It’s this tiny 2 x 4 mile island where gay visitors quickly embrace the motto, ‘One Human Family'. Surrounded by clear waters and tropical foliage, it’s easy to understand why acceptance is part of the LGBT lifestyle. Adding to the welcoming attitude visitors and locals experience, are the many out elected-officials, a gay chief of police, and even a rainbow flag flying over City Hall. Relax and enjoy a safe, embracing experience when you visit Key West.
Key West, the first island of the Caribbean, is full of possibilities for the gay traveler. Surrounded by fabulous, turquoise water you will find plenty to see and do in this quaint village at mile marker 0. Streets are lined with lovingly restored Victorian homes in every hue of the famous Key West sunset. In fact, what first attracted the gay population to Key West in the 1970’s were the scores of dilapidated Victorian houses just begging to be restored into magnificent showplaces. Take a stroll down any one of Key West’s narrow side streets and it’s like you’ve stepped back in time. Here secluded courtyards and lazy porch swings are permanent fixtures.
The best way to get into town is the Key West International Airport. There are also various nearby mainland airports that are accessible via car. Driving and parking in Key West tends to be expensive, but a great alternative is renting a bike, moped, golf cart, or walking on foot. Any way, there are tons of sights to see so the closer you are to the local flavor, the better!
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The climate in Gay Key West is mild and enjoyable, with very little temperature drops or frosts. The wet season is from May to October, and November to April is filled with daily sunshine and balmy weather.
For more information about Gay Key West, check out the Official Tourism Site of the Florida Keys
The Gay Scene in Key West
Beyond its idyllic location and tropical beauty, Key West’s warm, “come as you are” ambiance is one of the main reasons for the island’s popularity among gay and lesbian visitors, and the strength of the local gay scene as well.
Restaurants in Key West
Key West is also a great place to grab an outstanding meal. Eat authentic Cuban fare at El Sibony in Old Town, oysters at Hog’s Breath Saloon, key lime pie at Kermit’s, and a home-brewed beer at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery, owned by actress Kelly McGillis of Top Gun. The restaurants are all gay-friendly and a few of them are gay-owned and operated as well.
Nightlife in Key West
Key West has a wonderful gay night life, from Sunset Cruises and Happy Hours, to dancing, dining and debauchery. There is nothing to worry about in this extremely gay-friendly community.