Key West

Come to the most gay-integrated holiday beach destination in the world to swim in the Caribbean and feel part of a larger community.

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Higgs Beach

The moving AIDS memorial on Higgs beach tells you a lot about its history: although rocky with shallow waters, it has been catering to gay men since the 1970s. Indeed, the pier at the end more

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Gay Venues



Club with drag shows and a garden bar.

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Bobby’s Monkey Bar

Friendly karaoke bar with pool tables.

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Bourbon St. Pub

A slice of New Orleans in Key West.

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Blue Heaven

Alternative, gay-popular Key West eaterie.

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The embrace of the Key West extends from the fabulous weather to the bohemian population who have been welcoming gay guests since time immemorial. Indeed, Duval Street, one of the major shopping and entertainment drags in the whole of the USA, is full of rainbow flags from straight and gay businesses alike.

Gay travellers are drawn here for the warm waters of the Caribbean, the culture, the acceptance and the burst of colour and sizzle that is the Fantasy Fest every October.

Celebrity haunt

Key West has always been a different and a little leftfield: it is far enough from the mainland so that only the hardcore travellers make it here. Those travellers follow the footsteps of such luminaries from Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams to Calvin Klein and the B-52s.

Gay attractions

Beyond the beach and sea, there are a lot of attractions in Key West: Hemingway’s house and museum, the local cemetery with the most photographed epitaph in America (“I told you I was ill”) and the Tortugas National Park to name but three. In keeping with this spirit, don’t miss the unique gay & lesbian historic trolley tour!

Find out more at’s Gay Key West guide or plan a gay wedding in Key West.

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Where To Stay

Exclusively Gay

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New Orleans House

Clothing optional pool & terrace. Great for party animals - located above Bourbon St. pub. Exclusively Gay

Gay Landmark.

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La Te Da

Adults-Only luxury guesthouse. Cabaret show. Innovative restaurant. Gay Landmark.

Private Beach.

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Casa Marina (Waldorf Astoria)

Near the Higgs gay beach. Private Beach.