A longtime tropical playground for the LGBT community, Key West’s warm, “come as you are” ambiance is one of the main reasons the island is popular with gay and lesbian visitors. Key West is a gay-friendly destination where same-sex couples can feel open and relaxed. It’s also easy to make new friends and be embraced by this small town’s live-and-let-live philosophy. Not surprisingly, the motto here is “One Human Family.”
In Key West, many guesthouses cater primarily to gay men, lesbians or a combination of the two. They’re often private hideaways tucked underneath swaying palms, furnished with island wicker or rattan and museum-quality antiques. It’s common to find private pools, private beaches as well as clothing-optional sunning decks. Many establishments offer suites or apartments, perfect for a group of friends.
Imagine an island where no one cares if you are gay or lesbian, you are welcomed as a part of the family. Talented drag queens entertain while hot men dance on bars. Gay and lesbian snorkeling and fishing excursions depart daily. Rainbow flags fly proudly from businesses and homes. Award-winning gay-owned and managed restaurants and cafes are found across the island. You can enjoy gay pool parties, Tea Dances, and gay bingo; or visit shops and galleries on lazy Sundays. Key West’s gay scene is ever evolving; our ‘gayborhood’ is the whole island. Enjoy Key West – Close to perfect, Far from Normal.