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The Banyan Resort

A tranquil Key West garden oasis located just steps from Duval and within walking distance to almost everything the island has to offer, such as Ma…

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The Palms Hotel

The perfect hybrid of a guest house and hotel located in historic old town Key West. The Palms is only a few minutes walk or bicycle ride from supe…

Gay Key West

The fabulous, turquoise water surrounding Key West is full of possibilities. Hundreds of dive and snorkel sites are just offshore. Try one of the gay/lesbian or clothing-optional resorts.  Of course, should you prefer a chaise lounge to a fighting chair, gay and lesbian sunset cruises offer spectacular views of pastel skies as the pulse of Mallory Square festivities beat in the not too distant background. 

There’s plenty to see and do in this quaint village bursting with lush Bougainvillea, Royal Poinciana and Hibiscus. 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.  To maintain a leisurely pace, bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation – that’s how they roll in Gay Key West!

Key West, the first island of the Caribbean, for decades 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.

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 motor bike, golf cart, or walking on foot. Either way, there are tons of sights to see so the closer you are to the local flavor, the better!

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. Rain showers usually happen in the mornings, so be sure to plan accordingly!

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.

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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.

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Nightlife in Key West

Key West has a wonderful gay nightlife, from Sunset Cruises and Happy Hours, to dancing, dining and debauchery. There is nothing to worry about in this extremely gay-friendly community. There are a quite a few gay bars and clubs and those that aren’t gay are most certainly gay-friendly. Key West is like no other and it has a gay nightlife to match.

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