Where to stay, play and be gay in Fort Lauderdale

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BY MERRYN JOHNS
Curve

When it comes to quick summer escapes, why should Miami get all the exposure? Its sleepy South Florida cousin, Fort Lauderdale, just 35 minutes North, has plenty on offer to make a memorable short stay for lesbians. For a start, Greater Fort Lauderdale has a very green and relaxing coastline, eight beaches to choose from, and far less of the shadow-casting and intrusive high-rise for which Miami is known. Here’s what Curve did on a recent fly-by visit to beat the winter blues.

Where to stay

Lesbians are welcome anywhere in Fort Lauderdale, because this place is gay in a low-key way. If you want to stay in one of the glamorous, big box beachfront hotels, I recommend the W, which has plenty of amenities and a great main pool (the VIP pool is even better, if you’ve splurged on one of the upscale suites). B Ocean is also beachfront with lovely ocean views from most rooms and has everything a girl could ask for–including a manageable walk to your cocktail crawl. There are also a number of superior small lodgings which are gay friendly–but be aware that if they are listed as “gay,” this usually means men only–and clothing optional. However, the Royal Palms (royalpalms.com), a very chic mid-century-style resort, recently began welcoming lesbians. I say join in the clothing optional fun!

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