Fort Lauderdale is located just north of Miami but the two destinations are world apart. Miami is iconic, expensive and trendy. Fort Lauderdale, on the other hand, is more suburban, easier on the wallet and laid back. Fort Lauderdale is one of the top gay destinations in the US and it ranks among the top cities nationwide with the most same-sex couples. Fort Lauderdale also has more gay resorts and hotels than just about any place on the planet. Besides a few other destinations in the US like Palm Springs, Provincetown and Key West, Fort Lauderdale is among these top cities with the most gay and clothing options resorts in the country.
The gay neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale is named Wilton manors and here is where you’ll find more than 50 LGBT+ venues, restaurants, bars, clubs and shops. If you’re looking for a gay destination that has warm weather year-round then Fort Lauderdale should be at the top of your list. Whether you stay in Wilton manors or in near the beach in Fort Lauderdale itself, you can find a huge selection of gay and gay friendly options. But for those who specifically want a gay property and perhaps even a clothing optional resort, we narrowed down the list to our top 5 gay hotels and resorts in Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale boasts roughly 15 gay-specific guest houses, hotels and resorts. Accommodations are offered for a variety of budgets.
Best Clothing Optional Gay Hotels and Resorts in Fort Lauderdale
Cheston House – a clothing optional guesthouse set in the Fort Lauderdale Beach district. A balcony or patio are featured in certain rooms. The hotel also offers bike hire.
Alcazar Resort – Rooms have modern furnishings and room-darkening curtains. Some rooms include a fully equipped kitchenette and views of the pool. Alcazar guests can relax on a sun lounger poolside or visit the 12-man hot tub. The resort is a 5-minute walk from high-end shopping, restaurants and lively Sebastian Street.
The Grand Resort – 10 minutes’ walk from Sebastian Street Gay Beach. Relax at the on-site spa, which offers massage services, hair studio, and nail care services. An on-site pool and hot tub are also featured. Wilton Manors is nearby, which offers numerous gay restaurants, attractions and clubs.
Worthington Guesthouse – this all-male gay resort is 5 blocks from Fort Lauderdale’s Sebastian Beach. It offers a clothing optional courtyard with two 24-hour pools, a spacious hot tub and a modern gym. A continental breakfast is served daily at the hotel.
There are many sites for apartment rentals in Fort Lauderdale, with AirBnB probably being one of the most popular. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment. Book AirBnB →
There are even a few LGBT-oriented booking sites like misterb&b with listings from gay hosts for gay guests where you can either rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Understanding Fort Lauderdale’s gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid.