Fort Lauderdale

Miles and miles of sandy beaches have made Fort Lauderdale the prime hotspot for gay holidaymakers on the Atlantic coast.

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Fort Lauderdale Beach

For gay men, Fort Lauderdale is synonymous with its seven miles of town beach, which is so long that, despite its many visitors, seems occasionally empty and deserted. The beach here is more

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Gay Venues

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The Manor Complex

High class weekend night club.

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Bill’s Filling Station

Gay bar popular with bears.

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Rosie’s Bar and Grill

Gay traditional American diner.

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The Boardwalk

Male stripper club and restaurant.

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Ask a gay man what he wants from a holiday and he will answer: sea and sand. There’s plenty of that all year long in the 37km of beaches in and around Fort Lauderdale.

Great for couples

Despite its strong gay following, however, it’s much better behaved than its cousin South Beach in Miami. This could be because it tends to attract couples or more mature gay men who have been coming here for decades.

Two Gay Prides

As a mark of the gay friendliness of the local government and its business community, there is not just one but two Gay Prides: Pridefest South Florida takes place in early March, while the Stonewall Summer Pride takes place in late June.

Gay Cruises

A reminder also that Fort Lauderdale is the main point of departure for many gay-only cruises heading for the Caribbean, some of them catering specifically to bears, or grizzlies.  There are many local agencies where you can book an extra week of fun and frolics in the sea, so consider maybe a longer stay to take in one of those as well.

Florida’s top shopping

As for shopping, Fort Lauderdale has its own version of LA’s Rodeo Drive, Olas Boulevard, which is as good and stylish as anything you’ll find in its bigger neighbour, Miami.

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