Fort Lauderdale, Miami or Key West - January

  • wareagle99

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    Nov 17, 2015 4:26 AM GMT
    What are your thoughts on those destinations?
  • JackNNJ

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    Nov 17, 2015 1:56 PM GMT
    All three are nice.
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    Nov 17, 2015 2:13 PM GMT
    wareagle99 saidWhat are your thoughts on those destinations?

    All can be warm and fun. But January is in the peak tourist season, with the highest lodging rates and lowest room availability. Some tips:

    Reserve early. Many places may already be booking up, and if the winter weather turns nasty in the northern states there'll be a flood of people suddenly arriving here within about 2-3 weeks after any bad storms. You likewise want to book any flights and car rentals early, again for availability and also lowest rates.

    Check for major scheduled events. KW just had boat races this last weekend, and rooms were hard to find, at double their usual cost. School break ends in early January, when many college students and whole families with kids will still be here. Later in Jan tends to be better. We're in KW right now, and had booked 12 months ago, and probably will again before we leave this week.

    BTW, I just checked with the front desk, and KW shouldn't have anything special in Jan, our hotel having steady high Winter rates until after Easter.

    As I've mentioned here before, Miami is a mainland high-rise city on a bay with no real beach, whereas the separate touristy city of Miami Beach is 3 miles away on a long barrier island with the ocean beaches, the one you see in postcards with all the old art deco hotels. Check on a map to make sure your destination hotel is where you want.

    I just wrote in another RJ post that Fort Lauderdale has beaches and gay guest houses/micro resorts, while nearby Wilton Manors has no beach and fewer & smaller inns but most of the cruisey gay night life. It's possible to balance the 2 and enjoy both, depending on which aspect you want the most - beaches or bois.

    Please PE me with any specific questions.
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    Nov 17, 2015 8:05 PM GMT
    Visit all three. I just got back from a week in Key West..not vacation, but for work. However, I did go out to the strip one night with a coworker and had a blast! Never could find Art_Deco though..my coworker was too busy trying to get laid by all these hot girls I kept setting him up with (I was his wingman). The funny part is he actually enjoyed the B Street Pub, which is the first gay bar he's ever been to. Maybe that's why he couldn't get laid by a chick? icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 17, 2015 8:41 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    As I've mentioned here before, Miami is a mainland high-rise city on a bay with no real beach, whereas the separate touristy city of Miami Beach is 3 miles away on a long barrier island with the ocean beaches, the one you see in postcards with all the old art deco hotels. Check on a map to make sure your destination hotel is where you want.

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    Last time I was there, I stayed in Miami proper, though on the waterfront, and took a water taxi over to Miami Beach when I wanted to go. I think it was a lot cheaper, or at least more available. It seemed like there was a lot of night life on the Miami side, but I was working, and exhausted most of the time. Actually, that was one of the trips when I was too busy to go home and pack, so I just bought clothes and a toothbrush when I arrived - the water taxi also took me to a mall somewhere. Easy.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 17, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
    Gay hotels in Ftl and KW with clothing optional pools if that's your style. Not so much in Miami or Miami Beach. If you haven't seen Miami, it is well worth a day of driving around but beyond the architecture, I find it is not really much different than any other big city, sports, restaurants, hotels. Ftl has the best gay nightlife. There's a nude beach between Ftl and Miami. KW has some gay nightlife and the island is pretty magical on its own but I find it best when school is out and it is jammed with college kids.
  • everhorn

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    Nov 17, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
    I'd rather be in a snowstorm in the mountains of Colorado or Montana. . .
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    Nov 17, 2015 10:56 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidGay hotels in Ftl and KW with clothing optional pools if that's your style. Not so much in Miami or Miami Beach. If you haven't seen Miami, it is well worth a day of driving around but beyond the architecture, I find it is not really much different than any other big city, sports, restaurants, hotels. Ftl has the best gay nightlife. There's a nude beach between Ftl and Miami. KW has some gay nightlife and the island is pretty magical on its own but I find it best when school is out and it is jammed with college kids.

    The nude beach is Haulover, just south of Sunny Isles and north of Bal Harbor, which in turn is north of Miami Beach. It's legal, has lifeguards and is well maintained.

    Most of the FtL gay guesthouses do not have clothing optional pools, despite web sites that imply otherwise. Always check on their toll-free and ask that specific question, if important to you. Wilton Manors has a couple with nude pools, but not very large ones, barely wading ponds.

    Key West has 3 remaining gay places with nude pools: Island House, Equator, and New Orleans House (where I am now).

    I can't imagine what really good gay nightlife is in FtL, unless you wanna include the cheezy stripper bar the Boardwalk, and some small neighborhood bars. And a few other places, but scattered all over the map, and some places that get listings credit for being gay friendly.

    The gay nightlife is in the City of Wilton Manors, which is often mistaken for a section of FtL, bordering with it. It's all concentrated in one small area, easy to bar crawl on foot, but also having an electric shuttle service. With 2 gay discos, 6 other bars, and 6 bar-restaurants (though one is for the geriatric crowd). One of the bars is also C/W with occasional western dancing, the others offering pretty standard stuff.

    Right on the border with WM in FtL is also a leather/bear bar, and that strip bar. Many offer some kind of enterainment, from DJs, live musicians, drag shows, audience participation games, karoke, all kinds of stuff.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 18, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    everhorn saidI'd rather be in a snowstorm in the mountains of Colorado or Montana. . .
    +1
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    Nov 18, 2015 4:43 AM GMT
    everhorn saidI'd rather be in a snowstorm in the mountains of Colorado or Montana. . .

    I've been in both. Depends on my mood. I've been an avid snowmobiler and skier. We may be spending Christmas and New Year's in snowy New Hampshire again this year.

    The goal should be variety. The OP is asking for info about South Florida destinations, not about the "mountains of Colorado or Montana". I think we should stay on his topic, and not digress.