Where to Stay in South Florida

Florida’s southeast coast has a lot to see and do. The region’s largest cities, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, are hot spots for gay travelers. Just west of Fort Lauderdale is Wilton Manors. This welcoming neighborhood is the “second gayest city” in the United States!

Wondering where to stay in southeast Florida? Check our list of lodging options and pick the spot that sounds good to you.

Know Before You Go

All of the options listed are LGBTQ friendly. Unless otherwise indicated, children are welcome. Pets are welcome at many, but not all properties. Please verify when reserving.

Luxury Hotels and Resorts

Nobu Miami Beach

Nobu Miami Beach is an LGBT-friendly hotel that will hold you in the lap of luxury. Beautifully appointed rooms include a private bar featuring Japan’s most popular sweets and Chef Nobu’s wines and sake. You’ll also find a gourmet coffee machine and complimentary tea among other amenities. Bathrooms feature waterfall rain head showers with teak benches.

The resort fee includes access to the 24-hour ocean view fitness center and fitness classes. Guests also receive two beach loungers daily, bike rental, and priority reservations at Nobu Restaurant. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your room, call up for room service with select dishes from Nobu Miami and Malibu Farm.

W Hotel, Miami

Enjoy your stay at W Miami, Marriott’s 4-star hotel located in the center of Brickell (“Miami’s Wall Street”). The luxurious rooms and suites feature full-length windows with incredible views of the city or the Miami River.

After a long day, come back and take a dip in the private pool with a spectacular view from the 15th floor. Enjoy a drink or snack from the poolside Wet Deck Cafe. Fitness minded guests can work out in the fitness center. For relaxation book a treatment at the Iconbrickell Spa.

Be sure to make dinner reservations at ADDiKT, with its 360-degree view!

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort – TAG Approved

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is an all-suite resort right on the beach.  This property offers great Atlantic views. All accommodations, ranging from one to three bedroom suites, include private balconies and kitchens or kitchenettes.

Enjoy the ocean view sun deck and swimming pool. Schedule treatments at the full-service spa. Choose from three restaurants for your meals, drinks, and snacks.

Families are welcome here. There are several package options available. This property is “TAG Approved” which means management has met standards centered-around inclusion and safety for workers and guests alike. These include enforcing non-discrimination regarding sexual orientation, LGBTQ diversity and sensitivity training, and they employ diverse staff. They also give back to their community.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale

The Pelican Grand Beach Resort truly has it all! For outdoor fun, you can relax on the beach with complimentary chairs and umbrellas. Beach attendants will see to your every need.

Guests can take a leisurely float on Fort Lauderdale’s only Lazy River or splash in the zero-entry pool.

All of the spacious guest rooms and suites have been upgraded for the ultimate in relaxation. Sleep in a plush pillow top bed. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves lapping against the beach.  Wake up to a perfect sunrise, then enjoy your private waterfall shower system.

Dining options include the sophisticated Ocean2000. Or enjoy the view from the verandah at the O2K lounge. Feel like a kid again in the Emporium Ice Cream Parlor.

All in all, a grand experience!

On a Budget

If the luxury hotels are out of your budget range, it’s good to know there are affordable hotels in the area, too.

Le Cabanon Motel, Pompano Beach

Le Cabanon Motel has recently been renovated and redecorated. The property offers oceanfront rooms and suites directly on the beach.

This cozy boutique has three standard guest rooms, one suite, and five efficiencies. All units have king beds with pillow top mattresses, mini fridge, and coffee maker. Efficiencies have full fully equipped kitchenettes.

The property offers a swimming pool, an outdoor gas barbecue for guest use. Wifi and parking are included.

Gay Hotels

AxelBeach Miami, South Beach

AxelBeach Miami is a gay/hetero friendly hotel. Enjoy the tropical spirit and artistic atmosphere of this Art Deco-inspired hotel. Many of the 160 rooms have views of the gardens or pool.

All rooms include a daily resort fee, which includes access to the Beach Club, free WiFi, and access to the gym, spa, and pool areas. Rooms include TVs, coffee and tea stations, minibars, robes, and slippers.

There’s a poolside bar/restaurant, an outside bar in the courtyard, and a full-service tapas restaurant.

Grand Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale

Grand Resort and Spa is an award-winning, luxury hotel for adult men only. All of their rooms are designed for two adults and come with either two Queen or one King bed. Each has a private bath with walk-in shower. Rooms open onto the lush tropical courtyard.

There are no additional resort fees. WiFi, parking, and continental breakfast are included. Guests can enjoy Happy Hours, Thursday through Saturday, and complimentary mimosas on Sunday.

You can pamper yourself at the full-service spa. The resort is not usually clothing optional. However, they do offer several “Naked Weeks” throughout the year. Check their website for details.

Clothing Optional Gay Locations

Although all of these resorts say they are “clothing optional,” but the rules vary from place to place. Check their websites for details.

Pineapple Point, Fort Lauderdale

Pineapple Point, is a gay-owned and operated vacation destination. Established in 1999, it’s a popular spot for gay men to unwind, relax and enjoy.

The property’s six unique buildings are spread out over two acres of private tropical paradise. Choose from a guest room, suite, villa, or cottage.

This oasis offers shaded hammocks, sun decks, clothing optional pool areas, two jacuzzies, and a lap pool.

Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast daily. Guests are welcome to use the property’s suntan lotions, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, and bikes.

After a day in the sun don’t miss the complimentary evening happy hour.

Worthington Resorts, Fort Lauderdale

Worthington Resorts is the largest, gay clothing optional resort in the U.S.  This sprawling three building complex has a total of 63 guest rooms. Additionally, there are three pools and two hot tubs. If the beach is more your vibe, you’re only 500-feet from the sand (and five minutes from the Sebastian Street gay beach).

All rooms have private baths, fridges, and in-room safes. WiFi is available throughout the complex. Burn off some calories in the fitness room overlooking the pool.

Continental breakfast is served each morning. Registered guests can enjoy the social hour every Saturday afternoon. The resort is just 500′ away from the Fort Lauderdale beach. Fort Lauderdale’s gay beach at Sebastian Street is only 5 minutes away.

The Cabanas Guesthouse and Spa, Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors

The Cabanas Guesthouse & Spa is a gay-owned and operated clothing-optional guesthouse. It has been voted Fort Lauderdale Best Gay Guesthouse for the past six years.

The Guesthouse is nestled between the beach and the happening nightlife scene of Wilton Manors. The property features two heated pools, a 10-man hot tub, and a tiki bar. All rooms have a private bath, TV, a coffee maker, microwave, and a small fridge.

Book a treatment at the all-male European-style spa. Be sure to check out the aroma therapy steam room.

This waterfront resort is on the shores of the Middle River. Guests can enjoy rental paddle equipment and boats.

Calypso Inn B&B, Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors

The Calypso Inn, is a charming, affordable gay-owned and operated Bed & Breakfast. The complex combines the Calypso Inn, Calypso Transient Vacation Rentals, and Calypso Sands Vacation home.

Two property’s lagoon tropical pools are heated in the winter and open all night. The poolside tanning deck is clothing optional.

All rooms include free WiFi, and continental breakfast. The deluxe Key West cottage offers a King bed, vaulted ceilings, and French doors overlooking the courtyard.

Check availability of the Calypso’s one pet friendly room if you’ll be traveling with your fur baby.

Hotel Gaythering, Miami Beach

Hotel Gaythering, a clothing-optional hotel, is the self-proclaimed “Miami Beach’s Gayest Hotel.” This adults/men only hotel has three different rooms with private baths.

Travelers on a budget will appreciate their “Crate Shared Room.” Each 64 square-foot unit has a full-size bed.  The spaces are separated by secure partitions. Five units share a dorm-style bathroom.

The hotel’s Gaythering Bar has Happy Hour every day. Evening activities include Trivia Night and Karaoke Night. The bar caters to gay men, but all are welcome in this “Gayborhood” bar.

Vitambi Springs Wilderness Resort and Campground, Clewiston

Vitambi Springs is a unique, outdoorsy resort. It’s centrally located between both of the Florida coasts.

This campground is usually for gay men. However, several times a year they offer weekends where all the LGBTQ community are welcome. Two weekends a year are reserved for women.

They have a variety of lodgings available to suit your style. The luxurious Pine Tree Inn has eight private bedrooms with shared showers. Other options include secluded cabins, RV sites, or tent sites.

There are three private home rentals available. All have full kitchens and plenty of space to unwind.

If camping is more your speed, there are 15 rustic cabins. Some have air conditioning. Some are truly “rustic” and do not. Be sure to inquire when booking.

TVs and pop-up campers are welcome. All sites have 30 amp electric, water and sewer. WiFi is available throughout the resort.

There’s a restaurant, bar, and camp store for all of your travel needs.

For more information on exploring South Florida, click here.

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Written by Marsha Adelson

Marsha AdelsonMarsha is a retired Federal Employee, having spent 32+ years as a cartographer creating aeronautical navigation maps. After retiring, she started a second career as a Certified Tour Manager and Tour Guide. Although she focuses on guiding visitors to the Washington, DC area, she has escorted groups to many other places in the mid-Atlantic region. She’s had a lot of experience taking groups to museums, galleries, concerts, and staying in a wide variety of hotels and inns. In addition, she and her partner have traveled cross-country in a motorhome from Maryland to Fairbanks, Alaska and back, visiting many National Parks along the way.


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