The Local Lesbian Insider

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By: Arlene De la Torre

People visit Greater Miami & Miami Beach to unwind, celebrate and bask in the destination’s beauty. For women who love women, Miami offers countless reasons to make you glad you’re here – and queer – every day of the year.

Gay Beach
Spend a day relaxing on the beach

Visit Miami Beach’s Gay Beach

The beaches here are world-class, and at the official LGBTQ+ beach at 12th Street and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, you can begin your day like a sun goddess. Follow the rainbow-striped street and find a sandy spot facing our warm, aquamarine waters, then relax and laze away the day among family.

Get Local Travel Information at the LGBT Visitor Center

One of the first in the country, the LGBT Visitor Center is a few blocks west of the gay beach. Situated within Miami Beach’s historic Old City Hall building – an attraction in itself – you can pop in here to get the latest on local happenings and hangouts.

Wynwood Walls Selfie
Check out street art & cool restaurants in Wynwood

Hipster or Boho Style “Gayborhoods”

West of Miami Beach, Wynwood is known for its street art and galleries, breweries, restaurants and hipster vibe. Colorful and buzzy at night, a daytime visit spotlights this urban neighborhood’s casual, urbane side.

Heading south and delving into Miami’s past, Coconut Grove is a lush neighborhood along Biscayne Bay that’s always been a home to originals. Bahamians and bohemians, hippies and artists created a vibrant area tolerant of all kinds of lifestyles. Sidewalk cafes and unique boutiques attract LGBTQ+ locals who come to “the Grove” for brunch, shopping, romantic al fresco dining and the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

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Vagabond Pool Area
Stay at the woman-owned Vagabond Hotel

Lesbian-Friendly Places to Stay

Some destinations make it hard for lesbians to feel welcome. But feeling at ease is a breeze in Miami, and even more so at two LGBTQ+ fave hotels.

AxelBeach Miami in South Beach is part of an international hotel chain focusing on the LGBTQ+ community (and anyone without prejudice) and features an Art Deco-style exterior, posh interiors and several bars, including a poolside bar that hosts weekly LGBTQ+ parties.

The Vagabond Hotel, across Biscayne Bay in Miami, is a woman-owned boutique hotel in the trendy Biscayne corridor that spotlights Miami Modernism (MiMo) architecture. It has a fun, retro-luxe vibe channeling its glamorous past as a Rat Pack-era hangout, plus designer and tech-savvy finishes. It also offers a laid-back poolside bar and a Mediterranean restaurant.

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R House
Check out R House's delicious food & drag shows

LGBTQ+ Friendly Bars

Miami is keen to cater to the queer community’s thirst at bars such as Bar Gaythering (hotel bar with drinking and dancing), Palace (home of a legendary drag brunch) and R House (restaurant with drag shows). Gramps in Wynwood is a no-judgment zone that fits into many categories (as does its diverse crowd) with weekly jazz/indie/dance bands, an outdoor patio, and a Thursday “Double Stubble” queer night merging drag, bingo and music. While it’s not considered a gay bar, Blackbird Ordinary's Tuesday ladies’ night has become a low-key (and low-cost) lesbian hangout, appealing for its dive bar/dance club atmosphere and drink specials.

Aqua Girl Party
Don't miss Pandora Events' lesbian-focused soirees

LGBTQ+ Events in Miami

Miami is legendary for its energetic parties. You can enjoy lesbian-focused soirees at trending venues, with awesome DJs and entertainment organized by Pandora Events. The wife & wife-owned AmaviMiami combines great times with good deeds, with events at locations throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach that often give back to local LGBTQ causes and organizations. The non-profit Aqua Foundation for Women creates opportunities for community-minded LGBTQ+ women to come together, have fun and do good.

And if more’s the merrier for you, don’t miss Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s empowering annual special events, including the Gay8 Festival, Miami Beach Pride, SweetHeat Miami, Fling, Wynwood Pride and the Arsht Center CommuniTea Dance.

PAMM Exterior
Enjoy a day of art & views of the bay at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Cultural Events & Attractions in Miami

All year long, Miami stimulates the creative spirit. O Cinema (located in the same building as the LGBT Visitor Center) features art film screenings, with films for LGBTQ+ audiences very well represented. The yearly OUTshine Film Festival offers a weeklong celluloid celebration of the LGBTQ+ experience. Performance art stands proud, too, during the annual Out in the Tropics series featuring LGBTQ+ artists in music, dance, comedy and film at venues throughout Greater Miami & Miami Beach. With its bayfront views and thought-provoking art exhibitions, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) elevates any experience, be it lunch, drinks, a first date, or even a marriage proposal.

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Make a Plan to Visit Miami

Greater Miami & Miami Beach is special. The feeling is palpable. Whenever you’re here, whether it’s during large, annual LGBTQ+ events or at any other time of year, know that the rainbow-colored carpet is always rolled out for you. There’s plenty of fun to be had every ordinary, extraordinary Miami day.

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