Tampa

With a thriving nightlife culture in the dynamic, Latin-influenced Ybor City and its GaYBOR coalition, a collective of over 200 LGBT businesses in this historic district, you might think the Tampa Bay scene ends there. However, that’s far from accurate; St. Petersburg is the host of the largest pride celebration in the state, and all of Tampa and Clearwater are happy to keep the spirit going year-round. Gay bars are scattered throughout the metropolis, enticing you to relax or refresh—your choice!—as you tour historic neighborhoods like Seminole Heights, do upscale shopping at International Plaza, or browse boutiques in Palma Ceia.

Genteel leisure continues with Ft. De Soto Park—whose military legacy earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places—and shelling on Treasure Island’s white-sand beaches, but if you prefer to pronounce “rainbow” with a guttural and salty “arr,” you won’t want to miss the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. A multi-month event celebrating Tampa’s last great buccaneer and poster pirate of infamy, Jose Gaspar, 56 krewes of costumed and festooned pirates take to The Bay to celebrate each year. Children’s parades make it family-friendly, a must in a city that claims one of the largest zoos in North America in Busch Gardens and an exciting Museum of Science & Industry with 450 hands-on activities. Need more for kids and the young at heart? Orlando is only an hour away.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • St. Petersburg’s Pride Weekend is the largest pride festival in Florida
  • Publications such as What’s Happening and Hot Spots can direct you to the day’s trendiest queer events
  • Gay marriage legal since January 2015

Featured Resorts:

Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center

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The Sirata Beach Resort has been family owned and operated for more than 40 years, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on 13 acres of beachfront property, with 380 rooms and suites, offering an ideal beach vacation setting. Combining the grace, style and sophistication of old Florida elegance with the relaxing resort experience, Sirata Beach Resort provides genuine hospitality, professional service and outstanding value in the heart of St. Pete Beach.

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort

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This is a high rise resort located on 10 acres of private beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico with 9 floors. Across the street, there is a marina with boat charters. This hotel contains 416 rooms including 12 suites. Handicap accessible rooms are available on request.

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