We've travelled the world extensively, and can hands down say that when it comes to stunning sunsets, the Keys of south Florida is the best place to come. There are of course many other reasons to visit the Keys: the terrific gay scene of Key West, the diving in the many coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and of course the star culinary highlight, the Key Lime pie! But for us, those magnificent sunsets stole the show.
Key West is a gay island mecca at the southern tip of Florida, famous for its relaxed, friendly and Bohemian atmosphere. We loved it here so much that we stayed here for a large chunk of our road trip in Florida. There are so many things to do in Key West for gay travellers, along with a terrific gay scene.
By Andrew Collins. A small city with fewer than 20, residents, Key West does not - despite having a very high percentage of gay residents and tourists - have a gay spa or bathhouse in the traditional sense of the word, like those you can find in larger Florida communities like MiamiFort Lauderdaleand Orlando. The town's colorful historic district does, however, have a pair of men's clothing-optional gay resorts that welcome gay visitors, one of them with day passes available and the other attached to a highly popular gay nightclub.
This island off the coast of Florida is the southernmost city in the continental United States. This tiny island sits just miles north of Cubaand is known for its fabulous turquoise waters, tropical foliage and welcoming culture. Key West is an open-minded community that is safe, gay-friendly and relaxed. A longtime tropical playground for the LGBT community, Key West's warm, "come as you are" ambiance is one of the main reasons many gay and lesbian visitors feel more themselves in this subtropical island's gay scene than anyplace else.
The islands of the Florida Keys salute diversity and the subtropical island of Key West is internationally known as a top gay and lesbian vacation spot, celebrating openness and pride. Ina commemorative 1. Recognizing that all people are created equal, the entire destination is renowned for its welcoming and accepting attitude.
But recently, soaring real estate prices and the popularity of events like Fantasy Fest -- an annual bacchanal of of parades, masquerade balls and celebrity look-alike contests that began as an AIDS fundraiser in and has since evolved into a drunken open-air party that would be right at home on fraternity row -- have begun to attract a more heterogenous crowd, one that can at times make Key West look like any other tourist town getting ready for Spring Break. You can feel the change at the Lighthouse Court, a popular -- some would say notorious -- gay-only Whitehead Street guesthouse that recently went "all welcome," the local euphemism for accepting heterosexual guests as well as gays. And it's obvious clear across Old Town at the Heron House Court, formerly known as the Fleur de Key and long one of the premier gay-only guesthouses on the island.
By Andrew Collins. With its many gay-owned inns and gay-friendly hotelsKey West has been a favorite destination among GLBT travelers for decades. Most of the gay bars in town are clustered along colorful Duval Street, in the historic district, which is also home to dozens of fun shops and inviting restaurants, some of them - because they're popular places to socialize - included here.
A long-standing queer destination as well as an historic and culturally rich town, Key West was the first American city to actively and openly recruit gay tourists. Points of interest include the former home of Ernest Hemingway, now open to the public as a museum, and many locales where Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote spent time writing. The eastern half of Duval Street is the main strip of gay nightlife, culture and community, home of the famous Bourbon Street bar and club complex, and the PrideFest Parade each June. Gay Key West: Tropical Gay Mecca A long-standing queer destination as well as an historic and culturally rich town, Key West was the first American city to actively and openly recruit gay tourists.
Its embrace of diversity and willingness to set itself apart from the Florida mainland goes back to its origins as a haven for an eclectic blend of Native Americans, Spanish, freed slaves, seafarers including piratesqueers, and creatives. Heyman in A month after my visit, Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, forcing thousands of Florida Keys residents to evacuate, scrambling into crowded shelters and onto jammed highways.