• Joey Amato

The Sunshine State's LGBTQ-Friendly Hotels Sparkle with Diversity

Florida is well-known for being one of the most LGBTQ-friendly beach destinations in the country. Having lived throughout Florida, I can say that each city has it's own culture and flare as well as level of LGBTQ-inclusiveness.


Daytona Beach

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach: Never miss a beat with live music every night when you choose this beachfront hotel that features rockstar-worthy accommodations and oceanfront dining.

918 N Atlantic Ave., (386) 947-7300

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort: There’s plenty to do at this upscale waterfront resort located in the heart of Ocean Walk Village entertainment complex.

100 N Atlantic Ave., (386) 254-8200

Gainesville

Sweetwater Branch Inn: Downtown Gainesville is the site of these 25 spacious Victorian guest rooms, suites and cottages that are big on Southern hospitality. All guests receive a complimentary full breakfast in the morning and in the evening a wine and cheese hour.

625 E. University Ave., (352) 373-6760

Camellia Rose Inn: Whether you choose one of six-spacious guest rooms or a detached cottage, this inn offers free breakfast, and invites you to enjoy happy hour, relax on the second-story wrap-around veranda and take advantage of free Wi-Fi.

205 SE Seventh St., (352) 395-7673

Jacksonville

One Ocean Resort and Spa: For luxury LGBTQ-friendly accommodations with gorgeous ocean views, book a room at this waterfront resort and enjoy award-winning cuisine, on-site spa, complimentary bicycle rentals and free beach chairs and umbrellas.

1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, (904) 249-7402

Hotel Palms: Three blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean and a short walk to the shops, this modern beach side and sustainable boutique hotel features minimalist design, local beers on tap in the lounge and a grassy courtyard for casual gatherings. The owners encourage guests to live like a local during their stay, by using the free of charge bicycles to explore nearby areas and eating at locally owned restaurants.

28 Sherry Drive, Atlantic Beach, (904) 241-7776

Ft. Lauderdale

Grand Resort and Spa: This award-winning property is one of the first gay resorts in Ft. Lauderdale conveniently located in a few steps from the beach. The Grand Resort offers complimentary WiFi, free parking, no resort fees, and continental breakfast, with access to a full-service day spa, hair salon and fitness center.

539 North Birch Road, Ft. Lauderdale (954)-630-3000

St. Augustine

The Saragossa: This LGBTQ-owned B&B is conveniently located in the heart of St. Augustine's Historic District. Features five elegant guest suites and complimentary three-course brunch daily.

34 Saragossa St., (904) 808-7384

Casa de Solana: Discover where old world meets charm luxurious comfort in our ten stately guest rooms. In the heart of Florida’s ancient city, a complimentary hot breakfast and free daily wine and cheese in the courtyard await you at this LGBTQ-owned B&B.

21 Aviles St., (904) 824-3555

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