A gaycation...

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    Apr 29, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    A good friend of mine and I are trying to plan a vacation centered around gay beaches (not a deal breaker but would be nice), gay neighborhoods, and most importantly gay nightlife/clubs. Right now we're thinking Miami, but I wanted to see if you guys have any destination suggestions along with ideas for do a short vacation (In or outside of the U.S.). We're planning on traveling around Memorial Day weekend. Any suggestion of things to do in the city you mention would be awesome.
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    Apr 30, 2015 12:01 AM GMT
    Miami is spectacular for gay vacations, especially the nightlife! Be sure to go to club Twist. That was my favorite place when I used to go clubbing more often.

    Also check out Wilton Manors a few miles north in Ft Lauderdale. There's a whole shitload of gay stuff to do there.

    And check out the northern third of Haulover Beach (clothing optional). The northern third is where the gays generally hang out, and it's conveniently located halfway between Miami and Ft Lauderdale.

    Right now I'm in California for the next year or so (contract job - subject to change location without notice), but haven't checked out the gay areas yet. And when I say California, I'm referring to the entire southwest coast from San Fran down to San Diego, and everywhere in between. Most of my time will be spent either working or mountain biking or backpacking or bikepacking, but I'll eventually get to the gay areas of town to check'em out and have a beer or fifty.
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    Apr 30, 2015 3:09 AM GMT
    Nice... Sounds like we were on the right track
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    Apr 30, 2015 3:52 AM GMT
    Can't get any gayer than Provincetown. Gay beach; gay men everywhere. Plus bars/clubs, gay entertainment. Good restaurants. Art galleries. There have been posts on here about the place - search under "Provincetown" or "Ptown"
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    Apr 30, 2015 12:29 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidCan't get any gayer than Provincetown. Gay beach; gay men everywhere. Plus bars/clubs, gay entertainment. Good restaurants. Art galleries. There have been posts on here about the place - search under "Provincetown" or "Ptown"


    I heard that place was going down hill. When was the last time you went to P-town?
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    Apr 30, 2015 12:32 PM GMT
    HolyHex001 said
    HikerSkier saidCan't get any gayer than Provincetown. Gay beach; gay men everywhere. Plus bars/clubs, gay entertainment. Good restaurants. Art galleries. There have been posts on here about the place - search under "Provincetown" or "Ptown"


    I heard that place was going down hill. When was the last time you went to P-town?

    Going downhill isn't exactly the way to put it. Provincetown is still charming, still quirky---but has gotten expensive and is turning straighter every year. The same thing that's happened to Key West, which is barely gay anymore.

    The fact is, "gay" areas are disappearing, largely because gays feel comfortable with straight people in ways that were unimaginable years ago, and it seems like the younger crowd doesn't have any interest in ghettos or the whole ghetto-izing impulse.
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    Apr 30, 2015 7:33 PM GMT
    HolyHex001 said
    HikerSkier saidCan't get any gayer than Provincetown. Gay beach; gay men everywhere. Plus bars/clubs, gay entertainment. Good restaurants. Art galleries. There have been posts on here about the place - search under "Provincetown" or "Ptown"


    I heard that place was going down hill. When was the last time you went to P-town?

    NOT going downhill - is becoming more "upscale," if anything. I go there every year - usually twice - once around Jul 4, and once after Labor Day.

    More laid back than Fire Island (from what I hear). You don't have the ultimate fashion queens that inhabit Fire Island.
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    Apr 30, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
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    HolyHex001 said
    HikerSkier saidCan't get any gayer than Provincetown. Gay beach; gay men everywhere. Plus bars/clubs, gay entertainment. Good restaurants. Art galleries. There have been posts on here about the place - search under "Provincetown" or "Ptown"


    I heard that place was going down hill. When was the last time you went to P-town?

    Going downhill isn't exactly the way to put it. Provincetown is still charming, still quirky---but has gotten expensive and is turning straighter every year. The same thing that's happened to Key West, which is barely gay anymore.

    The fact is, "gay" areas are disappearing, largely because gays feel comfortable with straight people in ways that were unimaginable years ago, and it seems like the younger crowd doesn't have any interest in ghettos or the whole ghetto-izing impulse.
    That's why I don't frequent gay venues as often anymore.
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    Apr 30, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare said
    HolyHex001 said
    HikerSkier saidCan't get any gayer than Provincetown. Gay beach; gay men everywhere. Plus bars/clubs, gay entertainment. Good restaurants. Art galleries. There have been posts on here about the place - search under "Provincetown" or "Ptown"


    I heard that place was going down hill. When was the last time you went to P-town?

    Going downhill isn't exactly the way to put it. Provincetown is still charming, still quirky---but has gotten expensive and is turning straighter every year. The same thing that's happened to Key West, which is barely gay anymore.

    The fact is, "gay" areas are disappearing, largely because gays feel comfortable with straight people in ways that were unimaginable years ago, and it seems like the younger crowd doesn't have any interest in ghettos or the whole ghetto-izing impulse.


    Sharkie, I haven't been to Key West in years, but Ptown is definitely still very gay. Yeah, there are straights, but they tend to mix well. On the gay beach on holiday weekends, the gay men populate it as far as the eye can see - and mostly (too bad for me) of the age range of the OP. It's also still a great place to be outdoors - everyone rents a bike (hardly any parking in town) and rides it to the gay beach (about 1.5 miles from town center). (Essentially no beaches in town - except for kiddies - and the predominantly "straight" beach is even farther from town than the gay beach.)
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    May 01, 2015 4:39 AM GMT
    NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/travel/gay-friendly-vacation-spots-qa.html
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    May 02, 2015 2:19 AM GMT
    Don't come to Miami during Memorial Day. It's Urban Beach Week and every hoodrat and stripper comes into town. Most locals either get the hell out or lock themselves in for the long weekend. It can get real ghetto, especially in South Beach which is also the gayborhood.
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    May 02, 2015 4:05 AM GMT
    Go to New Orleans, it supposedly has an awesome gay scene in the historic French Quarter. icon_biggrin.gif

    Than after that make your way up I-10 west to Baton Rouge and punch Gov. Bobby Jindal in the mouth for being such a hateful motherfuckericon_twisted.gif
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    May 02, 2015 5:07 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    I find it interesting that when I first used the term "gay ghetto" here a few years ago, I was (predictably) lambasted as a "gay hater."

    Today it's perfectly acceptable to use the term (apparently). Or are only those on the left allowed to use the term?

    No recall of that previous incident. It certainly wasn't me that objected to it.
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    May 10, 2015 10:23 AM GMT
    I think a super gaycation would be to spend a couple of nights on Ft. Lauderdale Beach at one of the male only gay guesthouses and (there are several 1950s era motels that have been turned into gay guest houses) and check out the clubs and bars in Wilton Manor which is a short cab ride away. After that, travel a little south and spend a couple nights on Miami's South Beach. Finally, end the trip with a visit to Key West - I was last there in 2012 and it was still plenty gay at that point!