Out in the sun: Florida's top 10 gay beaches Florida's fantastic beaches welcome all, but some are friendlier than others to the LGBT community. Pete Beach and Sarasota, here are some of Sunshine State's best gay-friendly beaches.
South Beach's 12th Street Beach, Miami Beach Just look for the rainbow flags flying amid the rental chairs and lifeguard stations. The most popular gay beach in Miami, it's mostly a hangout for men, but you'll also find lesbians and straights soaking up the sun with locals. At 12th Street and Ocean Beah. The beach's shallow waters are only a short distance from the bars, restaurants and shops of Duval Street.
Along South Roosevelt Boulevard. Sebastian Street Beach, Fort Lauderdale The most popular gay beach bude Fort Lauderdale, it's across the street from the Ritz-Carlton and within blocks of some of the city's gay resorts and guesthouses.
Last year, the city welcomed 1. Petersburg's Sunset Beach One of the west coast's premiere gay beaches, bohemian Sunset Beach is on the southern tip of St. Pete's Treasure Island, among the string of barrier islands that extends along the Gulf of Mexico to the west of St.
Once famous for foam parties, the strip, with its beachfront bars, is now known for regular Sunday beach parties. Gulf Blvd. Pete Pride.
Pass-a-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach On the southern end of St.
Quiet and narrow — it's only one-block naer — the island is charming, with white sand and pink shells. Along Gulf Way, from 22nd Avenue to the end of the island. When to go: In June for St.
Pete Orlnado, the breathtaking, rustic North Beach area of this county park has a northern expanse near the end of the island where gays and lesbians congregate. It's known to be patrolled by undercover police officers, so stick to sunbathing with a suit on! North Beach claimed the No. Beach's "America's Best Beaches" in North Lido Beach, Sarasota The quiet northern reaches of this white sand key is popular with gay sunbathers.
It's secluded — think dunes and sea oats — and acre north Lido Park looms like a forest above. Armand's Circle, with its posh shops and restaurants. Best time to go: In October for Sarasota Pridefest.
It includes Old Florida beaches, sand dunes, salt marches, tidal wetland and estuarine lagoons. There's an unofficial gay meet-up at Guana's first beach access point, reached by a boardwalk that winds down a foot-tall dune system to a pristine stretch of secluded sand. Along A1A.
Pensacola Beach This Panhandle city near the Alabama border may not seem like the most gay-friendly spot, but it's been a beach getaway for LGBT folks from the South for a long time, particularly for Orlanvo Memorial Day Weekend, which started informally in the s and has grown into a huge gathering, drawing thousands to late-night circuit parties with well-known professional DJs and informal tent parties on the beach. About 20 minutes north of Beacu Beach, it's the only legal clothing-optional beach in Florida and it's gay-friendly.
LGBT beachgoers tend to set up just north of the lifeguard tower. This story originally appeared at Visit Florida.