Miami’s Gay Beaches

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By: Liz Cepeda

While all of Miami’s area beaches are considered LGBTQ friendly, you will find that there are a few prime spots where members of the LGBTQ community love to hang out. If you are visiting the area or even if you live here, grab your towel and sunblock cause it’s time to haul your cookies to the beach!

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12th Street Beach

In Miami Beach, the gay boys and girls (really all members of the LGBTQ+ family) come to 12th Street Beach. It’s smack dab in the middle of the city’s Lummus Park, a green space that runs along ocean drive with volley ball courts, weightlifting equipment, and public restrooms. 12th Street Beach is also home to the famous beach parties thrown each year by Winter Party Festival and White Party. Miami Beach Pride also uses the park around 12th street for the Pride Festival, which has grown to one of the largest in the region in the past 10 years.

Bring your towel and sunblock; it gets hot on the sand. Once you have had your fill, you will find a ton of restaurant and bar choices including the famous Palace Bar just a couple blocks down Ocean Drive or Twist South Beach which is a couple blocks west at 11th and Washington.

The best parking option for 12th Street Beach is the city garage at 13th and Collins. There are a few street spots along Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th but you are more likely to find a spot in a lot.

 

    Haulover Park

    If you follow Collins north out of Miami Beach, through Surfside and Bal Harbour you will come to Haulover Park, home to the region’s most famous gay beach. Haulover Park, a Miami-Dade County park is home to fishing boats, a dog beach, tons of public parking, as well as one of the best “naturist” beaches in the world. On this nearly ½ mile stretch of beach nudity is legal and EVERYONE is welcome. The gays tend to gather in the most northern section of the nude beach.

    Weekends are packed with locals and visitors alike working on their “all over” tan! But don’t worry if you aren’t ready to bare it all, there are plenty of people who prefer to stay covered up but just like to come to be around “family.” There is no body shaming so come as you are and bare what you dare.

    Take advantage of chair and umbrella rentals on the beach (best to bring cash), as well as food and beverage service provided by onsite vendors. In the southern section of the parking lot find bike rentals, a skate park, dog beach, and charter fishing fleet. In the northern lot, you can rent a boat or grab a snack in Las Delicias Colombianas—a little café by the boat rentals.  

    To get to the gay beach park in Haulover Beach Parking Lot #1, the northern most parking lot, just north of the boat ramps. It’s a county lot so save time and download the app to pay by phone and avoid the line at the meter. The park is open from dawn till dusk, but the lot fills up, especially on weekends so get there early. Bring a cooler, an umbrella, and a picnic lunch, but leave the flotation devices at home, they aren’t allowed at Haulover.

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