LGBTQ-Friendly Cities Make List of Most Popular Florida Retirement Destinations


TopRetirements.com compiled a list of the 100 most popular retirement places in Florida, and several notably gay cities made the list! According to Florida for Boomers, TopRetirements based the list on the number of online visitors from over 1,000 cities they reviewed.

St. Petersburg was 13th on the list, with TopRetirements stating, “Saint Petersburg has been a classic retirement and tourist destination since the 1920’s because of its winter warmth, great beaches, and ideal location on a peninsula in Tampa Bay.” St. Petersburg also has one of the biggest Pride parades on the east coast, which this year will be held on June 24.

Tampa was number 56, and TopRetirements lauded its stunning location and cultural attractions. Tampa also has a sizeable number of LGBTQ+ attractions in its Ybor City, including gay bars, restaurants, and businesses.

Key West ranked as 91st and even earned a mention of its LGBTQ-friendliness: “Many active adults choose this city and island 90 miles north of Cuba because of its sub-tropical warmth, its diversity (home to many gays), and its laid-back charm.”

Gulfport ranked just below at 92, with mention of lower costs and “a slower pace” than nearby St. Petersburg. Gulfport also boasts a building in Town Shores that is home to more than 24 lesbian couples, as well as a monthly LGBTQ Film Series at the Gulfport Public Library.

Read the Florida for Boomers article here.

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