13 MAR 2019: Miami Beach is an award-winning LGBT destination filled with spirit and pride offering a multitude of experiences that cater to gay travellers from around the globe. From new, "hetero-friendly" hotels debuting and must-visit drag brunch shows, to the iconic Miami beach Pride Parade in April, Miami Beach embraces and celebrates the gay community 365 days of the year.

"Miami Beach has a long history of welcoming gay travellers and offering a variety of events, hotels, restaurants, bars and destinations that makes anyone in the LGBTQ community feel at home," says Steve Adkins, Chairman of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA).
"More than 1.2 million LGBT travellers visit our destination each year and we are dedicated to continuing our concerted efforts to accommodate this coveted traveler segment through ongoing, city-wide initiatives."

Travellers looking for a gay-centric stay on Miami Beach this year can choose from a number of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority picks including:

What to Do

• Winter Music Conference (March 25-28) – Check out Miami's LGBT Underground Panel during the city's premiere musical event, which provides the opportunity for music lovers from all over the globe to gain industry insights, and connect with other music lovers, all while enjoying beautiful Miami Beach.

• 11th Annual Miami Beach Pride Parade (April 7-8) – The mission of Miami Beach Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community.

• Outshine Film Festival (Starts April 18) – The biannual film festival highlights the local LGBT community. With film screenings and events throughout the city, it's a can't miss event to celebrate contemporary and classic queer cinema.

Where to Stay

• Axel Hotels – The internationally renowned LGBT hotel brand will call Miami Beach home in 2019, the chain's first US location, andl include a destination restaurant, spa and community experiences.

• Hotel Gaythering – This award-winning, iconic gay-owned hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique destination with "handsome industrial" design. Fully equipped for gay vacationers and locals alike with amenities such as an onsite gay bar with daily events and weekly specials, and clothing-optional, men-only gay sauna, Jacuzzi, and steamroom.

Where to Eat + Drink

• Front Porch Café – This beloved gay-owned institution, which has been serving up the best breakfast in town for over 20 years (don't miss the iconic pancakes).

• Palace Bar – Brunch on the weekends is destination event on Ocean Drive and Palace Bar brings out all the stops with a legendary bottomless brunch and live drag shows.

• Big Pink – Located South of Fifth, the restaurant is an all-hours scene for anyone looking for a retro diner experience to recover after a late night out.

• Icebox Cafe – A staple on Miami Beach for 20 years, this gay-owned culinary destination offers up breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner and is said to serve Oprah's favourite chocolate cake.

For more information on the best gay-friendly ways to experience Miami Beach in 2019, download the Miami Beach app.

 

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