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Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Travel

A well-heeled and self-satisfied South Florida city of just 180,000 residents, Fort Lauderdale has emerged in the last decade as the Sunshine State’s undisputed gay mecca—even putting Miami to shame. Flashy high-rises are towering both downtown and along A1A, fancy Las Olas
Boulevard remains a great place to gallery hop or grab a bite and the city’s 23 miles of pristine beaches are clean, accessible and sun-drenched almost every day of the year.

Additionally, LGBT-owned resorts and guesthouses flourish, the bar scene is lively and outrageous and gay suburb Wilton Manors now ranks second in the country for highest number of same-sex residents. Case in point: Its main drag overflows with enough gay shops, restaurants and clubs to rival many a major American city. Victoria Park and Oakland Park also have a firm queer presence.

Fort Lauderdale is often called the “yachting capital of the world” or “the Venice of America” due to its 300 miles of navigable waterways and
innumerable canals, which permit thousands of residents to anchor boats in their back yards. To see what we mean, come in December for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, where more than 100 illuminated boats float along the Intracoastal Waterway through Fort Lauderdale. There also are Broadway-style performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and don’t forget the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with its hundreds of photographs of guys in wet Speedos and Olympic swimming pool which is open daily to visitors. Visit in late winter for the city’s annual Pride Festival or in late April and early May for Fort Lauderdale Bear Weeks and Weekends.

Gay and Lesbian Hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel $123
Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
     
    3.3
    of 5, from 152 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Steps from the beach, Bahia Mar Ft. Lauderdale Beach is in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, near the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Gallery at Beach Place and 1 mile from Port Everglades. The airport is also nearby.

    Cheston House - Exclusively All Male Gay Guest House
    Cheston House - Exclusively All Male Gay Guest House

    Cheston House - Exclusively All Male Gay Guest House

    520 N Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 29 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Sebastian Street Beach and The Gallery at Beach Place. Port Everglades and Coral Ridge Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach $143
      Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

      Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

      440 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 198 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Between Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, this hotel is 1 mile from the downtown Fort Lauderdale scene and 1 block from water taxi services.

        Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach $132
        Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach

        Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach

        4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 235 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This Florida resort is located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway with beach access, 8 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, and 20 miles from downtown Miami.

          Elysium Resort - Gay Men's Resort
          Elysium Resort - Gay Men's Resort

          Elysium Resort - Gay Men's Resort

          552 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale
             
            3.0
            of 5, from 5 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Fort Lauderdale Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Historic Stranahan House Museum. Las Olas Beach and International Swimming Hall of Fame are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Embassy Suites - Ft. Lauderdale/17th Street $137
            Embassy Suites - Ft. Lauderdale/17th Street

            Embassy Suites - Ft. Lauderdale/17th Street

            1100 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 58 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              This Mediterranean-style hotel stands on the 17th Street Causeway, 4 blocks from the Broward County Convention Center, 6 blocks from Port Everglades' cruise-ship docks, and 2.1 miles from the Ft. Lauderdale Airport.

              Grand Palm Plaza - Gay Men's Resort
              Grand Palm Plaza - Gay Men's Resort

              Grand Palm Plaza - Gay Men's Resort

              2801 Riomar Street, Fort Lauderdale
                 
                3.0
                of 5, from 1 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Fort Lauderdale Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Historic Stranahan House Museum. Las Olas Beach and International Swimming Hall of Fame are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina $139
                Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina

                Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina

                2301 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 159 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This extensive resort-style hotel and marina occupies 22 waterfront acres just a bridge crossing away from Fort Lauderdale shops and restaurants, within half a mile of the convention center, and one mile from the beach.

                  Travel tips

                  1. Take a boat. 

                  You don’t need a friend with a luxury yacht to enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s waterways—water taxis are plentiful. Just avoid the more crowded 70-passenger “water buses.”

                  2. Choose your favorite gay beach. 

                  Fort Lauderdale has not one but three popular gay spots: Sebastian Street is where you’ll see the highest concentration of gay men walking around in tiny bikinis; Terramar is close to many of the gay guesthouses and more mellow; and visitors with cars often make the 30ish-minute trek to North Miami to visit clothing optional Haulover Beach.

                  3. Find the right accommodation for you.

                  Fort Lauderdale has a dizzying array of lodging options. The city home to more than a dozen gay guesthouses clustered along the beach and scattered elsewhere around town. Most cater specifically to gay men and most are clothing optional (meaning nude sunbathing is allowed). But also near the beach are gorgeous high-rise hotels and resorts like the Atlantic Hotel and Spa and the W Fort Lauderdale. There really is something for every taste and budget.

                  * Prices reflect the lowest "base rate" found over the next 30 days. Rates are subject to change and may not include taxes and fees, hotel service charges, extra person charges, or incidentals, such as room service. All rates are displayed in USD unless otherwise noted. Converted rates are provided for your convenience. They are based on today's exchange rate, but the hotel will charge you in the local currency.