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Gay Miami

Miami is the “Gay Riviera” of the United States East Coast.  Enjoy a margarita and soak up the sun at Miami’s gay beach near Ocean Drive. When night falls, dance the night away at one of the city’s amazing gay and lesbian nightclubs. When you’re in town, don’t skip gay friendly South Beach. The city has still maintained its reputation as the hotspot gay playground. Here you’ll find a diverse blend of tourists, giving it an international flair, and it’s bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the East, Alton Road to the West, Sixth Street to the South and Dade Boulevard to the North. Think “The Birdcage” with hot, tan bodies everywhere

For those who enjoy sports and thrilling outdoor activities, don’t forget about Miami’s diverse water-based sports. Enjoy parasailing, jet skiing, kite surfing, windsurfing, and much more. South Beach has many areas where you can experience these activities for very affordable rates. There's also the fabulous Miami gay beach on 12th street! It’s not very hard to find and it is considered one of the must-go places. It is marked with rainbow flags, making it easy to find. This gay beach is a haven for gay men but you’ll also find stupendous amounts of lesbians and straights.

Want to take it a step further? Check out Haulover Beach Park, one of the best nude beaches in the United States. This beach is 11 miles from south beach so a taxi may be too expensive. Thankfully there is another cheaper option; check out the Route 120 Beach MAX, an inexpensive bus alternative. If you have some time and you’re looking for a break from the pulse of the city, drive to Everglades National Park, where you can see alligator farms and take airboat rides through the swamp. If you take SW 8th Street all the way from downtown Miami, you can pass through Little Havana and grab some authentic Cuban food for lunch.

Gay Scene Miami

South Beach, or SoBe, is the heart of Gay Miami. The gayborhood is flanked by the ocean on one side and a rainbow of pastel-colored hotels, restaurants and bars on the other side. South Beach is home to the largest concentration of gay-friendly businesses and hotels, and is the hotspot for nightlife and fabulous dining. Swanky meets sexy on the sun-splashed playground.

Coconut Grove was once the epicenter of gay and lesbian life in South Florida, before South Beach took the wheel. The neighborhood still maintains its reputation as a gay-friendly area of Miami just 10 minutes South of downtown on Biscayne Bay. Coconut Grove is home to the famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which hosts November’s White Party, the hottest gay event around. (Side note: Madonna called this pocket of Miami home for many years.)

Coral Gables, while not nearly as gay-centric as South Beach, is a cute neighborhood with trendy restaurants, shops and a couple of lesbian and gay nightclubs. Ladies, check out Bohemio Club which is known as a “Latin nightclub for women and the women who love them.” In South Beach, the gay beach is located between 12th Street and Ocean Drive. Just look for the rainbow flags. This strip of sand is dominated by gay men, who come here to see, be seen, and catch up on gossip from the night before.

Gay-Friendly Dining

The gay-friendly restaurants in Miami will give you some of the best dining experiences you will ever have.

News Cafe

Great place for brunch or a pick me up after a night of clubbing! Open 24 hours. Located right on Ocean Drive and a superb place to people watch . Enjoy freshly cooked coconut shrimp, French Toast, and Eggs Benedict in one of the most beautiful art deco communities in the US.

Manolo's

Manolo’s is one of the most popular eating scenes in SoBe. Not particularly a fine dining place, it makes it a perfect spot to go with friends, family or by yourself at any time.  They have a very varied menu that includes everything from breakfasts, sandwiches,brick oven pizzas, burgers and emapanadas

Red, the Steakhouse

Restaurateur Brad Friedlander, along with chef partners Peter Vauthy and Jonathan Bennett, introduce Red, the Steakhouse in South Beach. Red, the Steakhouse utilizes classic, artfully created techniques and phenomenal ingredients, as well as the freshest of meats to create an innovative and tantalizing menu.

Gay-Friendly Nightlife

To experience the best gay nightlife in Miami, you need to go to South Beach, or SoBe. Here you will find the hottest gay bars and clubs in Miami.

Club Space

Make sure to bring your sunglasses to this muliti-story, warehouse style club complete with outdoor terrace in the heart of downtown Miami- you’re gonna need ‘em! Space attracts a mostly straight crowd, but has been known to attract many gay club goers well in to the afternoon hours (hence the sunglasses) on Sundays.

Sunset Tavern

Sunset Tavern is a colle type bar, mostly a lesbian place but college kids go all the time as it is accross the street from University of Miami. There is a small bar and a large outside patio area. The drinks are good the people are great and its always a good time at Sunset Tavern!

Treehouse

One of the very best in Miami Beach. If you love an international crowd and underground DJs, this is the place to be!!

Tips and Tricks

Metrorail:  The Miami Metrorail has over 20 different stations.  Although it does not cover all of Miami, it is an inexpensive way of traveling to the different major parts of Miami.
MetroMover:  Experience a great way to travel throughout downtown Miami for FREE. This is ideal if you want to avoid heavy traffic and the pain of finding a parking spot.
Taxi: Don’t forget about the little yellow cars driving the streets! There are numerous taxi companies all over Miami. Travel fast and easily at your own discretion, these taxis are only a call or a wave away.

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