Florida Best Beaches Guide to Gay Beaches
Catering to the same-sex crowds
Many of Florida's beaches are non-judgmental and open to same-sex couples. In fact, most booming cities and small enclaves in the South welcome guests to their sandy shores regardless of sex, marital status, race, physical attributes or sexual preferences. Many Florida beaches, clubs, bars, hotels, accommodations and resorts cater specifically to gay and lesbian clientele. While South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and the often-eccentric Florida Keys promote themselves as Florida's gay vacation Mecca, most of Florida's gay-friendly beaches remain unadvertised.
The top 10 Florida beaches with unabashed gay appeal are:
- South Beach: Trendy restaurants, the best Art Deco architecture on the continent and nightlife that just won't quit make this a must-see-and-do Florida destination.
- Smathers Beach: One of Key West's best-known beaches, Smathers' shallow waters, non-existent undertow and Caribbean-Mexican spice provide universal appeal.
- Haulover Beach: Florida's only legal nude beach, Haulover Beach also reserves a section for gay naturists. Whether or not you choose to strip down, the pure white sand and warm weather make this a worthwhile vacation spot.
- Fort Lauderdale Gay Beach: Located near many gay and lesbian-run businesses and accommodations, this unofficial gay beach is warm and welcoming.
- Pass-A-Grille: Quiet, quaint and quirky, Pass-A-Grille offers an alternative to the crowds. With white sands, pink shells and dolphin-watching, there's plenty to do at this lesser-known beach.
- Dania Beach: Numerous waterways and canals make the waterfront a destination in itself. As the Antique Capital of the South, Dania Beach offers more to collect than shells.
- North Lido Beach: Close to Sarasota and the amazing shops of St. Armands Circle, North Lido provides a strip of nature just off the coast of a bustling city.
- Ponte Vedra Beach: Golf and all the culture downtown Jacksonville has to offer often overshadow the area's greatest asset - Ponte Vedra Beach itself.
- Crescent Beach: Popular with writers and artists, the award-winning fine white sand of this barrier island spark the imagination. Nearby Siesta Key provides plenty of funky entertainment.
- Holiday Isle: This aptly named beach is close to Havana in both geography and spirit. Spring break parties, tiki bars and non-stop fun give this Florida destination tropical flare.
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