Ft Lauderdale

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    May 17, 2014 11:44 AM GMT
    I'm traveling to Ft Lauderdale next weekend. Staying at the Royal Palms. Haven't been to Ft Laud in over a decade. Would love some suggestions on the hot spots to hit.

    Also hoping to meet up with a few other speedo wearing guys to hang out on the beach so I don't have to go alone.
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    May 17, 2014 1:11 PM GMT
    I wish that I could join you in Fort Lauderdale. Sandy beaches, speedo clad guys that sounds like my kind of vacation destination. Unfortunately I am stuck up north in this chilly, windy weather. Will it ever warm up in the Great Lakes Regionicon_question.gificon_sad.gif
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    Nov 30, 2014 12:23 PM GMT
    BriefsAtl saidI'm traveling to Ft Lauderdale next weekend. Staying at the Royal Palms. Haven't been to Ft Laud in over a decade. Would love some suggestions on the hot spots to hit.

    Also hoping to meet up with a few other speedo wearing guys to hang out on the beach so I don't have to go alone.


    Did you go? How was it? I am going with friends for new years but we are staying at The Worthington which is in the same area.
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    Nov 30, 2014 1:35 PM GMT
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    BriefsAtl saidI'm traveling to Ft Lauderdale next weekend. Staying at the Royal Palms. Haven't been to Ft Laud in over a decade. Would love some suggestions on the hot spots to hit.

    Also hoping to meet up with a few other speedo wearing guys to hang out on the beach so I don't have to go alone.


    Did you go? How was it? I am going with friends for new years but we are staying at The Worthington which is in the same area.

    Not sure how the OP's trip went, but the Worthington/Alcazar has a good reputation. If you haven't been before, all these gay guest houses near the beach are old converted 1950s Mom & Pop motels. Not very big, although the Worthington has several buildings as part of its complex.

    So expect simple and not very sumptuous (for that stay at Pineapple Point, but more expensive and a drive to the beach). Your big attractions are the beach, especially the de facto gay beach at nearby Sebastian Street, the stores, eateries & bars along the beach boulevard (although most of them incorporated into the huge high-rise hotels), and just chilling poolside in a private oasis within the walls of the Worthington. For gay nightlife take a cab to Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, less than 4 miles away.

    And the Worthington & Alcazar probably have got more clothing optional areas on their grounds than some of the other guest houses in that Birch Road area. All of them have become limited because of the high-rise hotels that have gone up nearby, that can look right down onto some of their pools and courtyards.
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    Nov 30, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
    Haha yes the Blue Dolphin (or so it was named when I stayed there on a chilly early Jan 2008 stay) actually had a line across the pool deck and I think into the pool whereby you had to actually sign an agreement stating that you wouldn't cross it naked!! I cant recall if there was a fine or whatever - Art Deco help? But that was where folks in the hi rise behind could see people at the Blue Dolphin (Art, what is it now please?)...Anyways, no nude anything my stay there as it was 39 degrees at night! Right after New Years 2008.
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    Nov 30, 2014 2:46 PM GMT
    NJDewd saidHaha yes the Blue Dolphin (or so it was named when I stayed there on a chilly early Jan 2008 stay) actually had a line across the pool deck and I think into the pool whereby you had to actually sign an agreement stating that you wouldn't cross it naked!! I cant recall if there was a fine or whatever - Art Deco help? But that was where folks in the hi rise behind could see people at the Blue Dolphin (Art, what is it now please?)...Anyways, no nude anything my stay there as it was 39 degrees at night! Right after New Years 2008.

    The Blue Dolphin is gone. I'm not sure if the business became Cheston House, which still operates. I had just arrived here. The former location of the Blue Dolphin seems to be a straight place now.

    I'm not sure if the guest house would have fined you, but rather it was to relieve them of the liability. Meaning possibly the Fort Lauderdale Police could charge you and a court fine you, same as if your neighbor had reported you for openly sunning nude in your own yard. But the hotel hoped to be off the hook in the matter.

    A number of the gay guest houses have limited clothing optional areas on their property, despite their optimistic online ads, and carefully cropped photos. It pays to phone and ask, if that's an important factor for you.

    Last I checked the entire pool for the Grand requires suits, for instance. Not only because of the nearby high-rise, but their gated, intercom-controlled street entrance leads vendors & deliveries right past the pool to the office. And the USPS and various other companies don't want their female employees involuntarily exposed to male nudity.

    So it's a patchwork quilt when it comes to "clothing optional" at Fort Lauderdale gay guest houses. You can be nude in this area, but not over there. Don't cross this space undressed from that nude area to this nude area. Like traversing a minefield. I sometimes wonder why they bother at all.
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    Nov 30, 2014 4:12 PM GMT
    Yeah, I don't recall a fine being mentioned as I would have remembered that and what the fine was. Maybe they did have something in there about being charged and facing fines from FLL Police Dept. Obviously, that wasn't a concern to me at that time.
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    Nov 30, 2014 4:42 PM GMT
    NJDewd saidYeah, I don't recall a fine being mentioned as I would have remembered that and what the fine was. Maybe they did have something in there about being charged and facing fines from FLL Police Dept. Obviously, that wasn't a concern to me at that time.

    We've got a few new gay guest houses here in Wilton Manors, that are clothing optional. In fact one, the "Calypso" just a block from us, has signs in their pool area that basically tell you to remove your clothes. I'll have to snap a pic of their signs to post here.

    Of course Wilton Manors is a couple miles from the beach. But that's the choice: stay here and drive, taxi or pedal to the beach, and then be walking distance to all the bars & clubs at night. Meaning no DUI nastiness.

    Or alternately, stay a few blocks from the beach, and walk to Sebastian. And take a taxi up here and back at night. It's kinda like 2 sides of the same coin.

    This is literally 1 block from us. Not too bad, and has great location.

    http://calypsoinnwiltonmanors.com/index.html

    "Wilton Manors is the central business district to the Gay Community. There are more gay businesses located in Wilton Manors than any other area of Broward County.

    The Fort Lauderdale Beaches are located directly East and South East of Wilton Manors. Approximately a 15 minute drive by car, Sebastian Beach is the area in which most Gays hang out.

    Calypso Inn's guests can park the car where they stay. No need for a taxi to most of the nightlife, the central nightlife district of Wilton Drive is located a short five minute walk, or one block away."
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    Nov 30, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    Yeah, parking isn't that bad in FLL. I always find slots to park to walk the beach in March, peak month!
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    Dec 01, 2014 8:43 AM GMT
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    DylanMc said
    BriefsAtl saidI'm traveling to Ft Lauderdale next weekend. Staying at the Royal Palms. Haven't been to Ft Laud in over a decade. Would love some suggestions on the hot spots to hit.

    Also hoping to meet up with a few other speedo wearing guys to hang out on the beach so I don't have to go alone.


    Did you go? How was it? I am going with friends for new years but we are staying at The Worthington which is in the same area.

    Not sure how the OP's trip went, but the Worthington/Alcazar has a good reputation. If you haven't been before, all these gay guest houses near the beach are old converted 1950s Mom & Pop motels. Not very big, although the Worthington has several buildings as part of its complex.

    So expect simple and not very sumptuous (for that stay at Pineapple Point, but more expensive and a drive to the beach). Your big attractions are the beach, especially the de facto gay beach at nearby Sebastian Street, the stores, eateries & bars along the beach boulevard (although most of them incorporated into the huge high-rise hotels), and just chilling poolside in a private oasis within the walls of the Worthington. For gay nightlife take a cab to Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, less than 4 miles away.

    And the Worthington & Alcazar probably have got more clothing optional areas on their grounds than some of the other guest houses in that Birch Road area. All of them have become limited because of the high-rise hotels that have gone up nearby, that can look right down onto some of their pools and courtyards.



    Thank you for all your info and insight. This is my first time staying at a clothing optional place in Ft Laud and single. I have stayed before at The Equator and Island House in The Keys. The Worthington/Alcazar/Villa Venice Complex was recommended by a co-worker. As a single guy I prefer frisky/flirty but not super sleazy...if you know what I mean. Lodging in Ft Laud seems a lot more reasonable than in the Keys. Also the fact that I will be just a block from the beach and a bunch of restaurants makes it convenient. I am not a super big bar person anymore as I got older lol but I definitely plan to hit the Wilton Drive scene.