This vibrant city is a true beacon of hope and inclusivity for LGBTQ individuals from all over. Its warm and welcoming attitude towards the LGBTQ community is truly remarkable, and its dedication to providing a safe and loving home is unparalleled.
With over 100 gay-owned establishments, including popular bars, restaurants, and resorts, Gay Ft. Lauderdale is a true haven for the LGBTQ community. Wilton Manors, in particular, is a bustling hub of gay life, with businesses catering to all your needs. With 23 miles of wide, sandy beaches, you’ll always find something fun to do, whether it’s water sports, exploring the Riverwalk, or simply enjoying a walk along the beachfront promenade. Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, Gay Ft. Lauderdale is the perfect place to be yourself and embrace your true identity.
Many of the pedestrian-friendly boardwalks and areas like Las Olas, FATVillage, and Wilton Manors are dotted with European-style cafes and coffee shops, wine and craft beer bars, DJ-helmed rooftop restaurants, and more laid-back dining options like delis and smoothie bars, if you want a quick grab-and-go snack for the beach.
Along Fort Lauderdale Beach, hotels open up to farm-to-table eateries championing Florida’s finest farms (and fish!); world-class steakhouses sourcing prime cuts from across the country; and swanky Japanese eateries helmed by celebrity chef-trained teams for an atmosphere that’s cosmopolitan yet coastal chic.
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With an average year-round temperature of 76°F / 25°C and 3,000 hours of sunshine, this tropical paradise is the ideal destination for all four seasons. 24 miles of Atlantic coastline beach line the shores of Greater Fort Lauderdale in eight beachside cities, each with its own distinct personality and charm.
EMBRACING DIVERSITY HAS FUELED POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGHOUT HISTORY. GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE SHOWS HOW INCLUSION PROMOTES A STRONGER, VIBRANT COMMUNITY. SUPPORTING THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY TESTIFIES TO THE BELIEF THAT DIVERSITY ENRICHES OUR LIVES TO CREATE BETTER INDIVIDUALS AND CITIZENS. LET’S CONTINUE TO OPEN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS, MAKING GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE A WELCOMING, INSPIRING, AND JOYFUL HOME.
The city is primarily residential with a blend of natural outdoor spaces and shopping and dining options, providing residents with everything they need without leaving the city. Wilton Drive is lined with unique shops and restaurants showcasing Florida Pride. Wilton Manors also hosts several festivals and celebrations throughout the year to encourage the formation of strong bonds between residents and business owners.
If you’re looking for a local experience, Greater Fort Lauderdale has you covered, too. Las Olas Boulevard — Spanish for “the waves” — has been aptly called “style mile” for its tree-lined thoroughfares of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Think Tommy Bahama (which has an attached bar and restaurant), Yeti, Warby Parker, Lilly Pulitzer, Edward Beiner and art galleries.
No matter the time of year, Greater Fort Lauderdale always has something going on. From eyes to the sky for a thrilling air show to our sparkling waterways for an epic holiday boat parade and internationally known boat show to world-renowned music, fashion, and film festivals, we have something for everyone.