Gay Travel Guide
Miami and Miami Beach. Known for its great beaches, nightlife, and warm, sunny winter weather, Miami is a world travel destination for Gay men. Most Gay international visitors who come to Miami stay in Miami Beach which is it’s own city long identified with Gay men and nightlife. However, Miami has so much more. And if you are coming to Miami specifically for Gay nightlife, you might be disappointed. But Miami is a place filled with Gay men, arts, architecture, great restaurants and of course is world class beaches.
Although most Gay visitors stay in Miami Beach, there is much more to greater Miami. Across the bay is Downtown Miami with a city scape that rivals most any world destination. Downtown has become hot, with many new developments, world class condominium towers, fabulous new shopping areas and late night dance clubs.
Just to the north of Downtown is Wynwood. Not long ago, Wynwood was an area of warehouses, poverty and crime. But Wynwood has evolved into one of the most dynamic Arts Districts in the world and the center of Miami’s new creative energy. Known for its walls of graffiti “street art”, Wynwood is the go-to place to immerse yourself in a most dynamic street art scene. Wynwood Walls, a curated urban park of the best known international street artists is not to be missed. And while there, there are plenty of places to eat, drink and get creatively inspired. There is even a Drag Brunch every Sunday at Wynwood’s R House.
Just North beyond Wynwood is the Design District. Once an area of design furniture showrooms, the Design District has become an urban enclave of the the most chic and expensive luxury clothing brands. Its worth checking out, just to see the incredible storefronts.
South West of Downtown Miami, there is Coral Gables, an incredibly beautiful historic area of Miami. With its palatial Biltmore Hotel, golf courses, luxury homes and shopping area, its a special and unique place to visit. Stop by the Biltmore, sit by its enormous swimming pool and have a cocktail. Or visit on a Sunday for one of the world’s most lavish brunches.
Coral Gables is also home to Miami’s Gay sauna, Club Aqua Miami.
Between Coral Gables and Downtown Miami, don’t miss Little Havana, the traditional center of Miami’s Cuban population. While Cuban and Spanish speaking people are everywhere in Miami, Little Havana is the first stop for many new immigrants. Walk around, drink a Cafe con Leche or eat a great Cuban meal at Exquisito Restaurant, a cuban restaurant destination since 1974.
But it’s Miami Beach where Gay men made their home and gentrified the city in the 1980’s. Miami Beach, with hairless shirtless Gay muscle boys on the beach and in the parks and streets, Miami Beach became known as a world wide Gay destination. But with Miami Beach’s world renaissance, the passage of time, and rising rents, much of the beach’s Gay night life has moved north to Fort Lauderdale’s Wilton Manors. But in recent year’s the city has engages the Gay community and its making every effort to welcome Gays to Miami Beach. There is new Gay energy in Miami Beach and there is, like always, a great variety of Gay men.
Miami Beach – The Delano
The Gaythering: Chic and friendly accommodations at the very Gay Gaythering Hotel on Lincoln Road by Biscayne Bay. With Bar, Sauna and fun activities.
AxelBeach Miami: Europe’s top Gay-centric hotel brand is opening soon in Miami Beach in a 1940’s Art Deco building. Restaurant, Fitness & Spa, Lounge Bar and a Sky Bar on the rooftop. Adjacent to South Beach and very close to the Beach.
Gay Cafes and Restaurants
Miami’s Beaches many restaurants reach out to Gay people with drag brunches and special creative events. The restaurants and cafe’s along Lincoln Road and Washington Ave have long welcomed Gay people. But the place that remains truly Gay, even though it recently relocated is the Palace Bar South Beach. Home to Miami’s legendary Drag Brunch, the Place serves great food and it is always entertaining.
Live Drag Show Brunches every Saturday and Sunday. Two seatings: 11:30am and 2pm. $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity featuring Chef’s brunch menu with 4 to 5 selections and unlimited mimosas*
Palace Bar South Beach: Its fun for everyone. For brunch, or at night
Twist South Beach: Happy Hour all day, and lots of men after midnight. Twist is like 5 bars in one. With Go-go Dancers out back, dinking bars downstairs, and dance bars upstairs, you find the spot that is right for you. Never a cover and always crowded after midnight. Every night there is something going on. Stays open late.
The Gaythering: Evening cocktails at the Gathering BaR. Stop by and meet the guests as well as many local men. Happy hour every evening and many fun Gay events.
Azucar Night Club: High-energy gay Latin nightspot with a drag wars show, cabaret nights, dancers & the best Latin DJs. From 22:30 Thursday thru Sunday. In Southwest Miami: 2301 SW 32nd Ave, Miami
Jamboree Lounge: Dive bar with cheap drinks and nightly events. 7005 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Score Night Club: Miami Beach’s Gay dance club venue. scheduled dance music club events every week
Club Aqua Miami: Gay sex sauna in Miami’s Coral Gables. Special events through the week. Latin men and visitors.
The Gaythering Sauna: Take a steam and connect with local and Gay visitors. Clothing optional
12 Street Beach: Miami Beach’s famous Gay Beach. The rainbow flags and sidewalk designate this as the official Miami Gay beach
Haulover Gay Nude Beach (North of Miami Beach): On any hot and sunny afternoon, its crowded with Gay men.
Gay Cruising Book Stores
Miami Play Ground Adult Mega Store: “Male Pleisure Cabins and Peep Shows”. 2657 NW 36th St, Miami,FL 33142. Open 24 hours
167 Street Adult Video and Book Store: Private viewing booths. 14 Northeast 167th Street, Miami, FL 33162
1 – 15 October | Pride Festival | Gay | Miami
Celebrate Orgullo: Miami’s Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival
22 – 26 November | Circuit Festival | Gay | Miami
Circuit Festival Miami: For the first time in history, Circuit Festival Barcelona – the World’s biggest international gay event – joins forces with Miami’s biggest and most well-known party producers, who collectively were responsible for major events at Winter Party Festival and the famous White Party Week as well as the Matinee Miami New Year’s Party and Miami’s own internationally known party brand , URGE, to produce the first and only official CIRCUIT FESTIVAL in the USA, Circuit Festival Miami. CIRCUIT FESTIVAL MIAMI will boast 4 massive nighttime events with world-class production in spectacular locations, at least 3 daytime parties, including a legendary Beach Party, the best international DJs on the scene and thousands of Circuit partygoers ready to have the hottest vacation while enjoying life and music.
24 November | Fund Raising Event | Gay | Miami
White Party Miami: “On Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens located at 3251 South Miami Avenue, the South Florida community is invited to attend “The White Party™.” This elegant affair in white will celebrate the remarkable advancements of Care Resource; a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization serving South Florida’s diverse community for over 30 years.”
6 – 9 December | Art Festival | Gay Friendly| Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel Miami Beach: The World’s largest Art Festival transforms Miami and Miami Beach with over 28 major Art Fairs and more Parties than you can Imagine.
1 – 3 February | Cruise Event | Gay Men | Miami
Atlantis “Biggest Gay Cruise Ever” Sail Away Weekend Parties
27 February – 5 March |Circuit Festival | Gay Men| Miami Beach
29 March to 1 April | Dance Music Festival | Gay Welcoming| Miami
1 – 7 April | Pride Festival | Gay | Miami Beach