Where to move to Orlando or Ft. Lauderdale?

  • ertrek84

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    Oct 31, 2011 10:16 AM GMT
    I'm looking to move back to Florida but not sure where to move to. I'm thinking Orlando or Ft Lauderdale but not sure which will be the right fit for me. I currently live in New Orleans and don't like that most people just want to go to the bars and nothing else. The only gay scene I am used to is just bars and would be curious if there is more than just that. I have gone out in both Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale and have had a fun time, but I'm not sure which is better place to live and have fun. The other thing I would like is a club where you can dance, have missed having people dancing. I know this is probably confusing how i'm typing but not sure how else to put it. Feel free to respond with questions/suggestions.
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
    South Beach - best gay nightlife in the world. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    Orlando is a small city, it gets old quick.
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    Oct 31, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    alittlecurious saidOrlando is a small city, it gets old quick.
    Same with Ft. Lauderdale.
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    Oct 31, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    Miami. I dont like orlando. Fort lauderdale if ur older
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    Oct 31, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    Fort Lauderdale is on the beach, and less than 200 driving miles from Key West. Good shopping & restaurants, good gay & straight clubs. One in adjacent Wilton Manors has dancing (Boom). WM is also the site of one of the largest Pride Centers in the US, on a 6-acre campus, the main office building consisting of 30,000 sq. ft. This is not a storefront GLBT operation.

    http://www.pridecenterflorida.org/

    Also many great attractions ranging down to Miami, Miami Beach, and farther away in the Everglades, though nothing like the Orlando theme parks. But there is theatre, opera & ballet in the area. The Port Everglades cruise ship port is in FtL, making Caribbean & SA cruises easy to arrange. Dinner cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway are fun & romantic and never more than minutes away.

    There's also a largely gay beach in Ftl, lots of vacationing gays to meet, and also a legally nude beach just north of Miami Beach. Traffic is heavy, though not as bad as the Miami area.

    Frankly I think FtL is much more "Floridian" than Orlando. And if you settle in Wilton Manors, with one of the highest gay population percentages in the US, almost the entire city commission gay, you don't get hassled around town and PDAs are not a problem.

    Jump On Mark's List covers the south half of the state, it might help give you an idea of what's available for gays in all these places, from Orlando & St. Pete-Tampa, to Key West.

    http://www.jumponmarkslist.com/
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidFort Lauderdale is on the beach, and less than 200 driving miles from Key West.
    Or, if you and C. pitch in for fuel, we could take my new plane. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Oct 31, 2011 2:24 PM GMT
    i prefer ft lauderdale
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    young_bull saidMiami. I dont like orlando. Fort lauderdale if ur older


    Miami and Ft Lauderdale are so close though, its practically the same city... on an urban scale of course
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    Orlando is a shit hole. FT Lauderdale is a huge gay city. You choose.
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    Orlando, cause I live here! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    Not rly a fan of Orlando, been here bout 2.5 yrs, startin ta feel like gettin out of here, that rly has nothin to do w/ tha gay scene, it's just tha whole place is kina trashy cheap an plasticky, great for a vacation, but doesn't really offer much else
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco saidFort Lauderdale is on the beach, and less than 200 driving miles from Key West.
    Or, if you and C. pitch in for fuel, we could take my new plane. icon_biggrin.gif

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    'Allo, 'allo, what's this, mate? When did this happen?

    [Beware of his offer, though, OP -- you have to fly towing an advertisement banner. Do you wanna land in Key West and people are expecting to see the bare-ass Coppertone Baby deplane?]

    So Paul, are you still gonna be able to take good aerial photos with this one?

    [Note to other RJers:] Paul has been kind enough to take aerial photos of places where my partner & I have stayed, as mementos, like this one of a seafood restaurant on the Gulf side of Islamorada:

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    Oct 31, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo Paul, are you still gonna be able to take good aerial photos with this one?
    Nope...this one sucks for aerial photography (windows don't open). But I'll eventually have a camera mounted to the bottom with a monitor and controls in the cockpit...in a few years. That'll take some saving.

    I just get tired of having to ask the boss every time I wanna fly somewhere. The answer always depends on his mood. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    I prefer Ft Lauderdale when I travel. Lots of great places between Ft Lauderdale and Miami. The beach is great and so are the people.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    I moved back to Fort Lauderdale after 10 years away, and definitely good gay vibe here.

    I have at least 1/2 dozen major gyms within a few miles of my place. The owner of my gym is gay, but its not a "gay gym" per se...just not at issue here with most people. Next city over is Wilton Manors, which has the fastest growing gay population...now ranks as having the #2 highest per capita of gay men in the US, while FTL ranks #4.

    As others have mentioned, there are numerous dance clubs, coffee shops and gay social groups, and I'd say its easy to meet men here. I'm taking two night classes at Broward College, and see other gay returning students on campus. From Key West to West Palm Beach is pretty liberal and gay friendly...good place to call home.

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    Oct 31, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    Listen to what others have said and live somewhere in the south. Trust me, you'll be much happier. I had lived here for 4-almost 5 years now and I still don't get use to it. There are too many restrictions. I have made great friends and all but you'll hate it. Orlando is a temporary town. You move here to pursue a career at one of the MANY universities and them move back home or move on to a bigger more progressive city.
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    Oct 31, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    You may want to extend your options and check out Tampa. It's like an even mix of what you are looking and not looking for. And for the "wild gay experience", Ft. Lauderdale and SB is an overnight/day trip away, when you need to "get" that extra something but don't necessarily want to live right in the heart of it. - Future Floridian here also
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    Oct 31, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    Fort Lauderdale (specifically Hollywood, Dania Beach or Hallandale Beach).

    This gives you the choice of either Fort Lauderdale or Miami at your fingertips.
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    Oct 31, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    Orlando... ah, Orlando. I live here. It's not awesome. But it's not hell either. If you're looking for a "premium gay experience" you're better off south. But if you want cheap living and a relatively big gay scene, come to Orlando. Personally I agree with whoever said that Orlando is temporary. You'll get annoyed with a lot of aspects about it, but it's no different from living in any typical suburban sprawl.
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    Oct 31, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    south beach is so tacky, im sorry. Has anyone been there recently? It's like full of ghetto black people and wanna-be rappers, its awful icon_confused.gif

    I was down in SoBe maybe like 3 weeks ago and I swear to god it was like ghetto as hell. Everyone was ghetto and u cant even walk down ocean drive withou all these people trying to get u to come into their restaurant, like literally begging u to come into their restaurant....again tacky. Not impressed with south beach in the least. . . The beach is beautiful, but thats about it.


    Fort Lauderdale, YES
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    Oct 31, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    +1 to everyone who said Tampa. Orlando blows after not too long, and Ft Lauderdale/Miami have very specific kinds of vibes. Very balkanized imo. If you live in Tampa, though, Orlando and Miami become places you can conveniently visit but don't have to endure long term.
  • ertrek84

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    Nov 01, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    Thank you all so much for your comments. I have never thought about moving to Miami cause when I went there everything seemed over priced everywhere. I wouldn't move to FTL just to be in a gay "ghetto", but it would be nice to easily meet other gay men instead of having to go to the bar to truly know. I am a nurse so I am looking at the hospitals in both areas to see which will hire me for their ER's. I know Orlando is affordable but at the same time its very spread out and FTL is pretty small, both are drawbacks. I used to live in Tampa bay when I was in college and had considered moving back there, but would rather try something new.

    FTL would be different with the gay population as I am not used to where everyone is open and accepting like I have seen there. And I do know that even if I move to FTL I don't have to live in Wilton Manors to have a good time. I'm curious why some say they get bored in Orlando and what the specific vibes are in Miami/FTL
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    Nov 01, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    ertrek84 saidThank you all so much for your comments. I have never thought about moving to Miami cause when I went there everything seemed over priced everywhere. I wouldn't move to FTL just to be in a gay "ghetto", but it would be nice to easily meet other gay men instead of having to go to the bar to truly know. I am a nurse so I am looking at the hospitals in both areas to see which will hire me for their ER's. I know Orlando is affordable but at the same time its very spread out and FTL is pretty small, both are drawbacks. I used to live in Tampa bay when I was in college and had considered moving back there, but would rather try something new.

    FTL would be different with the gay population as I am not used to where everyone is open and accepting like I have seen there. And I do know that even if I move to FTL I don't have to live in Wilton Manors to have a good time. I'm curious why some say they get bored in Orlando and what the specific vibes are in Miami/FTL


    If you're in health care, South Florida is the way to go. The best health care facilities are here. Mt. Sinai in Miami and Cleveland Clinic in Weston along with Holy Cross and Imperial Point Hospitals are very highly regarded.

    I don't live in Wilton Manors because property values are higher. You can live on the Intercoastal in a highrise for the same money....And you're 2-3 miles from Wilton Manors. Private me if you want feedback on anything.
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    Nov 01, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    ertrek84 saidThank you all so much for your comments. I have never thought about moving to Miami cause when I went there everything seemed over priced everywhere. I wouldn't move to FTL just to be in a gay "ghetto", but it would be nice to easily meet other gay men instead of having to go to the bar to truly know. I am a nurse so I am looking at the hospitals in both areas to see which will hire me for their ER's. I know Orlando is affordable but at the same time its very spread out and FTL is pretty small, both are drawbacks. I used to live in Tampa bay when I was in college and had considered moving back there, but would rather try something new.

    FTL would be different with the gay population as I am not used to where everyone is open and accepting like I have seen there. And I do know that even if I move to FTL I don't have to live in Wilton Manors to have a good time. I'm curious why some say they get bored in Orlando and what the specific vibes are in Miami/FTL


    I kinda disagree dude. Fort Lauderdale is part of south florida, which includes Miami, Aventura, Hollywood, Ft Lauderdale, Boca Raton, up through West Palm Beach. That's a span of like over 80 miles going from south to north, not to mention the cities out west like Weston, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Sunrise, etc.

    South Florida is the biggest metro area in the state. Miami is the most populous city in the state, Tampa is 2nd.

    Miami is an acquired taste really. It is beautiful, dont get me wrong, but the people can be an issue. Very self-absorbed attitude and a very "who's who?" attitude in south beach?
    Like are u famous? or even rich? If you're not famous or rich, u better be fucking hot. I'm talking Brazilian model hot... lol

    Fort lauderdale provides a better balance. U still get the self-absorbed south florida attitude, but theres also "normal" people there as well.

    I dunno dude, u mentioned u wanted something diff than Tampa (which I personally think is a shithole) Perhaps Miami may be just what you're looking for. . .

    One more plug for ft lauderdale (sorry) it's only like 20-25 minutes from Miami so u can pretty much to go to Miami any time u want without actually having to live there.