MknobW saidHi y'all, I will be traveling to Tampa, Florida for Halloween this year. I have always wanted to visit a bath house which I am planning to do on this trip. This will be my first time attending a bath house, with that being said, I was wondering what some of y'all experience were like? Things that I should be aware of before attending? Lastly, just some pros and cons? Thanks for y'all insight.
Until I settled down with a guy here in Florida, who objects to bathhouses, I would visit them. My experience was this:
Some are really posh, effectively men's spas. That would hold their own against any straight coed spa, the only real difference being naked guys everywhere or wearing towels only, and having uninhibited gay sex all around you. Those places can get a bit pricey, however.
Others are dumps. Dank, smelly, unattractive, clearly unsanitary, often with a clientele to match, fulfilling the worst stories you may hear about these places. I don't know what you'll find in Tampa. I have my own favorite here in Fort Lauderdale, part of a small chain. Their closest one to Tampa is in Orlando.
It's typical you'll have to buy a membership, plus pay a variable day pass, choosing your locker size, with possibly a private dressing room option. That's not very economical if you're only staying for a few days.
Some places do allow a day pass only, to attract tourists, and they'll waive the membership fee, but you generally still have to take a complimentary membership, even if free. That's to meet local regulations that prohibit this kind of behavior except in private clubs, and so you temporarily become a member of their private club. I've even had to sign a form saying I wasn't connected with law enforcement and not there for undercover surveillance purposes.
You'll be issued a traditional white towel, with more stacked throughout the place along with bowls of condoms in better baths, and a key for a locker or a private changing room (usually with a bed!), and then you go strip. Guys who want to use the gym, and some are rather complete, change into their gym clothes. But some do the gym naked or maybe just wearing a jock or briefs, provided they put towels on the equipment. After that you go around and play with the boys, maybe take an open gang shower first.
Some guys will be shy, especially the first-time tourists, and merely stroll around in their towel. Others are more aggressive, and will simply say they want sex with you. I've never seen anyone get physically insistent or forceful. But unless you have a fuck buddy with you, this is sex with strangers, and somebody's got to take the initiative.
Tip: this can vary, but in better places that have private "dressing" rooms with beds, along with locker options, you may receive your key on a wrist or ankle band, since you'll have no pockets.
These bands can be color coded. It's a lot like the old hanky code. Savvy guys look for the band indicating a private room.
The room guys usually are considered more desirable for cruising by those seeking anal in private. But if your taste runs to BJs or handjobs only, you can do those in the steam room or sauna, or a poolside recliner, so save your money on a room and rent a less expensive locker.
Second tip: some guys wank or get a handjob in the hot tub. For that reason I avoid it, just my personal preference. I've never seen anyone doing that action in the swimming pool, but I'm sure they can. In steam room or sauna I always sit on a towel, and wear flip-flops everywhere that I bring from home.
Have safe fun!