Fort Lauderdale Gay Beach

Same-sex appeal for sun worshippers

Fort Lauderdale is considered America's gay vacation capital, offering more than 100 gay-owned and same-sex friendly hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants. Its popular but unofficial gay beach is more than a block long and was the location for the 60s classic flick, Where the Boys Are. While Fort Lauderdale is less intimidating than Miami and draws a more mature and easygoing gay crowd, be warned, the beach provides as much eye candy as it does sunsets.

Outdoor Focus

There's always plenty to do. Check the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida for upcoming events and vacation options. While Haulover Beach, located in nearby Miami, is clothing-optional. Other area highlights include:

Area Attractions

Area Events


When the sun sets, the nightlife gets revved up in Fort Lauderdale's gay dance clubs, video bars, lesbian discos, piano cabarets, leather bars and strip joints. The Wilton Manors section draws a middle-aged crowd, while younger partiers flock to the numerous nightclubs.


Fort Lauderdale's gay-friendly resorts, clothing-optional bed and breakfasts and male-only Royal Palms Resort are just a sample of the more than 30 accommodations that cater to gay or lesbian guests. Check out the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for details.

Need to Know

Great nightlife and gay-run businesses turn Fort Lauderdale Gay Beach into more than just fun in the sun. Check out our deals if you think a Fort Lauderdale Gay Beach getaway is for you.

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