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Gay Fort Lauderdale – Your Complete Gay Travel Guide to Florida's LGBTQ+ Capital

Written by Traivor Morrison
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With miles of golden beaches and a seemingly endless list of gay-owned bars, clubs, shops, restaurants, and clothing optional resorts, Fort Lauderdale reigns supreme as Florida's LGBTQ+ capital. If you're planning a trip here, then read on as we explore the best of Gay Fort Lauderdale.

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHT


In addition to the fabulous gay beaches like Sebastian (pictured above) and nudist Haulover, we highly recommend taking a day trip to the Everglades for a thrilling ride on an airboat to see dolphins, alligators, snakes, turtles, and a variety of birds. It's a must if you've never done it before. With Everglades Day Safari, every tour includes a wildlife drive, nature walk, delicious lunch, airboat ride and boat cruise. 

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Sebastian Street Gay Beach

Overview – As one of the most progressive and welcoming gay travel destinations in the United States, Fort Lauderdale's gay scene continues to grow and evolve. We've been coming here for years, and on our most recent trip, we were pleasantly surprised to see new venues opening and improvements made to long time staples. We also noted there has been an influx post pandemic of new arrivals from New York to L.A. which continues to gentrify many of the neighborhoods in Greater Fort Lauderdale. You will also find a large number of LGBTQ+ retirees here. Overall, the vibe is friendly, and you'll meet people from all over the world. Everyone is welcome here.

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Fort Lauderdale is one of the most progressive and welcoming gay travel destinations in the United States. Everyone is welcome here.


Fort Lauderdale is also home to one of the busiest cruise ports in the world where you can sail on new ships like the Celebrity Apex, Beyond and Ascent from gay-friendly Celebrity Cruises. We met many travelers (like us!) who booked a stay at Pineapple Point or The Worthington Resorts either before or after their cruise. We should also point out that the Port of Miami, the world's cruising capital, is less than an hour's drive. Our cost using Lyft was shockingly only $35. For new riders, grab your $7 credit by signing up here.

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Sebastian Gay Beach
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Haulover Gay Beach
Haulover Gay Nude Beach
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The Worthington Pool
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Louie Bossi's on Las Olas
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Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi
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No Manors Bartender Humor
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Rainbow Crossing

Top 10 Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale


  • Head to the gay beach -
    At Sebastian Street, you will find Fort Lauderdale's colorful gay beach packed with locals and tourists. For a gay nude beach, it's worth the trek to Haulover Beach.
  • Book a day pass at a gay resort -
    If you are not already staying at a clothing optional gay resort, call ahead and book a day pass. The Worthington Resorts is popular with locals.
  • Stroll Las Olas Boulevard -
    With shopping, dining, and entertainment, Las Olas is a great stop for lunch, dinner, or an afternoon stroll. We love Louie Bossi's resto-bar-pizzeria.
  • Adventure down to Riverwalk -
    After lunch or dinner, enjoy a leisurely walk along Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk Park. You'll find museums, art galleries, and access to the water taxi.
  • Take the water taxi -
    Our favorite way to get around Fort Lauderdale and to discover the many waterways, yachts, and mansions of the rich and famous. Buy your all-day ticket here.
  • Sightsee on the Jungle Queen -
    This fully narrated 90-minute roundtrip cruise along the New River is super popular and has been around for years. Book your ticket here.
  • Visit Sawgrass Mills -
    With over 300 retail outlets and numerous restaurants, Sawgrass Mills is the largest single story outlet mall in the U.S. We regularly find amazing deals here!
  • Explore Wilton Manors -
    For the best gay bars, restaurants, and clubs in Fort Lauderdale, go to Wilton Manors, the gayborhood. Start with happy hour at DrYnk or dinner at Rosie's Bar & Grill, two of the friendliest places around.
  • Day trip to Key West -
    If you're short on time, we've made this day trip before. It's a long day, but lots of fun if you plan it right. Hit the sights and then go for lunch at Island House.
  • Enjoy an Everglades safari -
    As mentioned in our destination highlight, an airboat safari tour over the flooded grasslands of the Everglades is super unique and thrilling.

When to go – High season and high season prices run from mid-November to mid-April as snowbirds and travelers from colder climates flock to warm and sunny South Florida. In the summer and early fall (roughly June through November), it's the Atlantic hurricane season so definitely keep on top of any weather developments before traveling to South Florida during this time. FlockFest, a fast growing and popular local gay event held in summer is one worth traveling off season for... They also hold events throughout the year, so check the FlockFest website for the latest events info.

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Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Getting here – Visitors to Fort Lauderdale are spoiled for choice when it comes to getting here. There are 3 international airports within an hour's drive. The closest is Fort Lauderdale International Airport (airport code: FLL) where a Lyft to the gay beach resorts will take approximately 20-25 minutes for the 7-mile trip. Alternatively, we would recommend flying into Miami International Airport (airport code: MIA) followed by Palm Beach International Airport (airport code: PBI).

Pro tip – Given the ease of using ride sharing services in Fort Lauderdale, we would not hesitate to stay near downtown, the beach, or Wilton Manors. Each option has their benefits. Also, by using the waiting to save feature, we found rates from The Worthington Resorts to Wilton Manors for $9 USD and to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport for just $15 USD. An hour long Lyft from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the Port of Miami was shockingly only $35 USD.

If you are exploring more of South Florida and/or adding a visit to the theme park capital of the world in Orlando, Brightline, one of the only high-speed trains in country, is now operational. From Orlando International Airport (airport code: MCO), you can now quickly travel to West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, and Miami in South Florida.

Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Happy Hour
Happy Hour at Worthington Resorts

Where to stay – In terms of the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale, we have stayed in dozens over the years but have narrowed down our selection to three options.

Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel
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Worthington Resorts
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Reception Area
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Daily Happy Hour Schedule
Daily Happy Hour Schedule
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Bike Rentals
Bike Rentals
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The Grand Pool
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Garden Walkway
Garden Walkway
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Walk to Alcazar Complex
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Villa Alcazar - Room 107 - Renovated Room
Renovated Alcazar Room 107
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Villa Alcazar - Room 107 - King Bed
King Size Bed
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Villa Alcazar - Room 107 - Pool Towels
Pool Towels
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Worthington Resorts - Villa Alcazar - Room 107 - Bathroom
Bright & Clean Bathroom
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The Grand Play Space
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Naked Outdoor Shower

For the most luxurious beachfront option, it's not exclusively gay of course, but the Four Seasons Hotel Fort Lauderdale is as posh as they come. It's also located just one block from the clothing optional gay Worthington Resorts and gay-owned Archibalds Village Bakery, one of our favorite breakfast spots in town.

For the largest, most popular, and mostly nude gay resort, don't miss The Worthington aka Worthington Resorts, a collection of formerly individual gay hotels. With over 60 rooms spread across the interconnected Grand, Villa Venice, Alcazar, and Worthington resorts, today guests can enjoy four pools, three hot tubs, a massage studio, small gym with free weights and cardio equipment, and even an outdoor shower you can enjoy—naked if you'd like. The daily happy hours are a great way to meet other guests and plan your night. You'll find a mix of singles and couples with all ages, body types, and skin colors represented. If you are not ready to commit, there's also an option for a day pass. The cost is $35 dollars, and it's very popular with the locals. With this day pass, you can stay for happy hour (at least for sure on Sundays) and times are less strict from what we're told.

Pro tip – Definitely ask for a renovated room on the ground floor as there's no nudity allowed outdoors on the higher floors. Our renovated King Pool View Room 107 was located in the Alcazar building and greatly surpassed our expectations given outdated pictures online. It was modern, bright, and extraordinarily clean. Perhaps because we were the first guests in this room post renovation? Room amenities included pool towels (also available throughout the property), complimentary bottles of water, a mini-fridge, safe, and charging options on both sides of the bed and at the desk.

For the most luxurious clothing optional gay resort in Fort Lauderdale, don't hesitate to book Pineapple Point. Located in the upscale Victoria Park neighborhood, you are just minutes walking or biking to the Las Olas shopping, dining and entertainment district. In terms of facilities, Pineapple Point consists of six unique buildings spread over two very private acres. The property offers guests two heated pools and two hot tubs, a gym with all the essentials, a massage studio, complimentary bikes, and so much more. Literally, every detail has been thought of to ensure you have a perfect stay.

We booked Deluxe King Room Number 1 which is located in the main building. There is a huge, comfy, four poster king size bed and numerous areas to sit and charge devices. There are also two walk-in closets, one has a refrigerator, ironing board and iron, and safe while the other has plush robes and beach bags. The bathroom is sparkling clean, well lit, has ample storage, and includes a bathtub and shower, a bidet, and high end bath products. Overall, we are very impressed with the room's size and amenities given it's an entry level room at Pineapple Point.

Similar to Worthington Resorts, there is an included self-service breakfast each morning and a daily happy hour. If you would like to come check out the resort in person, Pineapple Point offers free tours and day passes for $30. Please call ahead though to ensure availability. From our understanding, please note you cannot stay for happy hour at Pineapple Point and must leave before 6pm. Happy hour is reserved for hotel guests only. Swimsuits also seem to come off here mainly after happy hour.

For more info to help you decide among your hotel options in Fort Lauderdale, check out our YouTube videos above on Gay Fort Lauderdale and our Pineapple Point Gay Hotel Review.

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Rosie's Bar & Grill

Where to eat and drink – To start your day on the right foot, gay-owned Archibalds Village Bakery is our favorite 'go to' spot for cold brew coffee, breakfast, lunch and pastries! Located just one block from the beach, the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Fort Lauderdale, and the Worthington Resorts, it's super convenient before or after the beach. If you're looking for their famous cinnamon rolls, they only make them on the weekends since everything here is freshly handmade. They also have a nice outdoor patio and service with a smile comes standard. You can genuinely feel the pride in every aspect of the cafe-bakery.

Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Archibalds Village Bakery - Entrance
Archibalds Village Bakery
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Archibalds Village Bakery - Breakfast Sandwich
Archibalds Breakfast Sandwich
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Archibalds Village Bakery - Patio
Archibalds Patio
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale - Archibalds Village Bakery - Lunch
Archibalds Chicken Salad Sandwich
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Las Olas Boulevard - Louie Bossi's Restaurant Bar Pizzeria - Entrance
Louie Bossi's on Las Olas
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Louie Bossi's Counter Seating
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Louie Bossi's Fresh Bread
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Las Olas Boulevard - Louie Bossi's Restaurant Bar Pizzeria - Caesar Salad and Negronis
Louie Bossi's Caesar Salad
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Las Olas Boulevard - Louie Bossi's Restaurant Bar Pizzeria - Margherita Pizza
Louie Bossi's Margherita Pizza
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Ethos Greek Bistro
Ethos Greek Bistro
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Rosie's Bar & Grill - Sign
Rosie's Bar & Grill
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Rosie's Bar & Grill - Menu
Rosie's Menu
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Rosie's Drinks & Dinner
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Rosie's Bar & Grill - Quesadillas, Veggies, & Tots
Rosie's Quesadillas, Veggies, & Tots

Another one of our favorite lunch or dinner spots is Louie Bossi's Restaurant, Bar & Pizzeria. Located on Las Olas Boulevard, you will be dining in the heart of the shopping, dining and entertainment district. Riverwalk is also just steps away if you'd like to explore after your meal. Stand outs here include their Negronis, Caesar salad, and wood-fired pizzas. Everything is prepared with the very best ingredients.

In Wilton Manors, don't miss Rosie's Bar & Grill. This fun and popular neighborhood staple offers nightly specials with friendly service. The food is mainly comfort food, think nachos, quesadillas, burgers, and tots, but the atmosphere is energetic, colorful, and festive.

Two other restaurants we love in the gayborhood include Ethos Greek Bistro, a contender for best restaurant in Wilton Manors, and Dolce Salato Pizza & Gelato.

Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - No Manors Gay Bar - Bartender
No Manors Bartender Humor

Where to find gay nightlife – Most if not all of the gay bars and clubs in Fort Lauderdale are located in Wilton Manors. Our hands down favorite gay bar is DrYnk. This warm and inviting lounge makes classic cocktails to perfection. Be careful though as these drinks are strong!

Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Drynk Gay Bar
DrYnk Gay Bar
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Drynk Gay Bar - Andy And Trai
DrYnk Happy Hour
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No Manors Gay Bar
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - No Manors Gay Bar - Negronis
No Manors Cocktails
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Hunters Gay Club - Entrance
Hunters Gay Nightclub
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Hunters Gay Club - Drinks, Dancing, & Debauchery
Hunters Drinks, Dancing, & Debauchery
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Hunters Sunday T Dance
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Hunters Gay Club - Dance Floor - T Dance
Hunters Dance Floor
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Wilton Manors - Georgies Alibi Gay Bar
Georgie's Alibi Gay Bar

Just across the street from DrYnk is newcomer NO Manors, a high end gay cocktail bar with drink servers and comfortable seating. If you are looking to meet up with a date or group of friends, this is your place. The crowd is a good mix of both, and the happy hour specials are amazing. The bathrooms are also pretty fascinating with a mix of options from whichever to whatever to alien. You have to use your imagination for what's behind these doors.

Practically next door you will find Hunters Nightclub. If you have been to Palm Springs, yes, this is their sister bar! In Fort Lauderdale, Hunters is most popular for their Sunday T Dance. There are numerous bars on two levels and a massive dance floor and video screen. Happy hour pricing is also excellent as a couple of Modelo Especial draft beers only set us back $6 USD. The party starts in the early evening on Sundays but doesn't really get going until 9pm or later.

If you are looking for showtunes, karaoke, or classic drag, we recommend the Pub On the Drive. We always have a good time at this neighborhood favorite. Georgie's Alibi also has neighborhood drag performances and an outdoor patio. 
Late night, the Eagle and Johnsons, a speakeasy with live male entertainment, are both great options.

Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Haulover Gay Beach
Haulover Gay Nude Beach
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Sebastian Gay Beach - Sebastian Street Entrance
Sebastian Street Gay Beach
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Andy & Trai at Sebastian
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Sebastian Lounger Rentals
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Sebastian Gay Beach
Two Gay Expats - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - Sebastian Gay Beach - Foot Shower
Sebastian Foot Shower

Where to find gay beachgoers – At Sebastian Street and A1A, you will find Fort Lauderdale's gay beach. You can bring your own towel or rent loungers and umbrellas. There is also a shower and foot shower to wash off any sand when you're ready to leave. On the weekends, come early to find your preferred spot, as this beach gets very busy.

If you're looking to lose that speedo, the north section of Haulover Park is the gay nude beach. Located about 40-minutes south of Fort Lauderdale, Haulover is closer to Miami but draws nudists from all over South Florida. Alternatively, you can call ahead and book a day pass at one of the clothing optional gay resorts.

Other Services


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Dudes Gay Barbershop
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Trai's Haircut by Kevin

Barbershop – To keep it fresh, we found a fabulous LGBTQ+ barbershop in Wilton Manors. Dudes offers reasonably priced services with haircuts starting at $30 which even includes a complimentary beverage. They also have free travel-size lube at the register, an added bonus!

Travel Resources


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Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

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Our Favorite Universal International Travel Power Adapter

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Want to see more? For additional footage of our adventures in Fort Lauderdale, check out our Gay Fort Lauderdale and Pineapple Point YouTube videos linked above and be sure to smash that like button and subscribe! And, of course, follow us on social media @twogayexpats on your favorite socials for more gay travel inspiration!

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