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Miami for LGBTQ Travelers

In January 1977, Miami made history when it passed its gay rights ordinance, banning discrimination based on sexual preference. However, this victory was short-lived for the gay rights community as the ordinance was repealed in June and would not be reinstated until 1998. 

Since then, there have been more victories. Gay adoption, gay marriage and domestic-partner benefits have all been extended to same-sex couples. Signaling a marked attitude change, Miami as a result is a more-welcoming city to LGBTQ locals and visitors alike. 

But whereas other metropolitan areas are known for having "gayborhoods," (travel north to Wilton Manors near Fort Lauderdale to find that), the gay scene in Miami is not as well-defined. Today, LGBTQ travelers will find many gay-friendly areas and activities to explore within straight establishments.

Renowned for nightlife, beaches and Latin culture, it is no surprise that Miami continues to draw thousands of revelers and remains a major stop on the pink party circuit (White Party, Winter Party Festival, Gay Pride). Of course, South Beach, the epicenter of the hottest gay scene, is where to join in on the festivities and raucous good times.

Here are some of the best gay bars and clubs, gay beaches and romantic spots to enjoy while solo traveling, with a partner or just with friends, throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

Haulover Park

Haulover Beach is one of the country's top clothing-optional, public beach with half a mile of white sand and turquoise waters set aside for nude sunbathers.

LGBT Visitor Center

The LGBT Visitor Center opens its door with pride to thousands of tourists from around the globe each year, right in the heart of LGBTQ activity in South Beach. The center assists with any last-minute needs such as hotel and dining recommendations. M-F 9 am-6 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-4 pm.

White Party Week

What better way to party in South Beach than to party for a cause. With more than a dozen parties held throughout Miami Beach the last week of November, White Party Week, is Miami's biggest gay event.

News Café

This American café, bar, international newsstand and bookstore is the perfect spot in South Beach for people-watching and enjoying a hot cup of coffee. A Miami Beach institution since the 1980s, the News Cafe menu is filled with casual fare and features an array of favorites such as sandwiches and salads.

World Erotic Art Museum

Find the world's greatest collection of erotic art, including sculptures, paintings, artifacts, jewelry and much more from the four corners of the world. The WEAM collection includes more than 4000 works of international art, ranging from 300 BCE to the immediate present.

Score

A gay oasis located in the heart of Miami Beach, where the locals welcome the international circuit boys. Located on the third floor of TRADE, Score features multiple bars (inside and out), a dance floor and a rotating schedule of big name DJs and host to special events during Gay Pride, Winter Party and White Party.

The Vagabond Hotel

Dive into glorious 1950s, Art Deco surroundings at this renovated motel turned retro paradise, The Vagabond Hotel. This blast from the past will make you feel right at home with top notch amenities including a relaxing pool and bar, state-of-the-art gym and a restaurant featuring global cuisine. 

Twist

The longest running gay club in South Beach is known around the world. TWIST houses seven bars on two levels, so bar hopping is possible—but don't lose your friends in the maze of men. The Bungalow Bar, located outdoors in the garden, is known for its collection of erotic male dancers.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

This is the crown jewel of the Miami performing arts scene. This entertainment venue includes the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, Knight Concert Hall, the Cafe at Books & Books, a farmers market every Monday, 4-8pm, and Brava!, the Center’s newest upscale dining experience.

O Cinema

Cutting-edge, non-profit, independent cinema with three locations in the greater Miami area: Wynwood Arts District, Village of Miami Shores and the northern part of Miami Beach. O Cinema showcases first-run independent, foreign, art and family films.

The Cabaret South Beach

Let the bartenders and staff delight you with their showmanship and tunes, as they join the entertainment and belt out  jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock, Spanish and Broadway tunes for your listening pleasure.

Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is the center of Miami Beach, and is a favorite hangout spot for locals. In 1960 the city hired architect Morris Lapidus to redesign the area to attract more patrons.

Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour

Learn more about the rich history and development of Miami Beach through a series of guided walking tours offered by the Miami Design Preservation League the second Monday of the month at 11 am. Listen as expert guides recount the contributions of gays and lesbians in shaping the beach community.