“I chose a place where I could go and feel safe with my daughter.” Haulover is also very popular with gay naturists from around the globe, says Seth Paronick, a member of the board of governors of the B. This is Florida the way it was when the first explorers sighted them in Columbus’s day: dunes covered with a mantle of sea oats and seagrape, beach sunflowers and berries.
It remains the longest undeveloped stretch of oceanfront on Florida’s east coast.
By Carlos Harrison It seems fitting that the Sunshine State would be a magnet for sun worshipers from around the world.
The most popular gay beach in Miami is mostly a hangout for men, but you’ll also find lesbians and straights soaking up the sun with locals. At 2½ miles long, Smathers is big compared to other beaches on this tiny island of Key West, one of the nation’s top destinations for gay travelers.
It’s across the street from the Palace Restaurant & Bar, a gay hangout that has been welcoming sunbathers for the past 25 years. Best time to visit: In March, when the Winter Party, the biggest gay beach party in North America, takes place. The beach’s shallow waters are only a short distance from the bars, restaurants and shops of Duval Street. Best times to visit: In March for the Winter Party Festival; September for Womenfest; October for Bear Fest or June for Key West Pride. The most popular gay beach in Fort Lauderdale is across the street from the Ritz-Carlton and within blocks of some of the city’s gay resorts and guesthouses.
Fort Lauderdale is home to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, which houses the largest circulating LGBT book and film program in the U. Last year, the city welcomed 1.1 million LGBT visitors. The quiet northern reaches of this white sand key is popular with gay sunbathers in Sarasota.
At Sebastian Street and North Fort Lauderdale Beach Drive (A1A). Pete Beach, south of the historic Don Cesar Hotel, Pass-a-Grille stretches for about 22 blocks. It’s secluded – think dunes and sea oats – and 22-acre north Lido Park looms like a forest above.
Only the north part of the 1½-mile pristine, white stretch of sand at this gay beach in the Miami area is delegated for urban nude sunbathers.
LGBT beachgoers tend to set up just north of the lifeguard tower. Playalinda, accessible via Titusville at the southern end of the park, straddles the Volusia and Brevard County line. Nudity is prohibited in Brevard, so sunbathers need to make sure they go north into Volusia before baring all. Resorts across the state offer no-clothes swimming pools; lakes for paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing; tennis, horseback riding, hiking; and pétanque, a French-Canadian variation of bocce ball.And, naturally, there’s the main attraction for those who relish the feel of the sun's rays on their bare skin – Florida's nearly year-round sunshine and inviting weather.It’s family friendly, with plenty of parking, restrooms within convenient walking distance, and the Atlantic Ocean, of course, lapping gently at its shore. You can learn more about Blind Creek here: Canaveral National Seashore lays claim to two nude beaches in Florida.