LGBTQI Guide to The Palm Beaches
Take a peek at our guide to gay-friendly accommodations, local events, nightlife and entertainment geared towards the LGBTQI community in Palm Beach County.
Situated along 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter/Tequesta, America’s First Resort Destination® offers a proud tradition of hospitality to all who visit. The Palm Beaches’ collection of 39 distinctive towns and cities continue their long-standing legacy as a welcoming and safe destination for the LGBTQI community. From the charming neighborhoods, beautiful beaches, trendy bars, eclectic restaurants, annual events, and elegant accommodations, there is something here to satisfy every style, taste and lifestyle.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Brazilian Court Hotel
— The Brazilian Court (@BrazilianCourt) February 23, 2016
Equally as rich in history and architecture, The Brazilian Court Hotel has been meticulously restored as one of the quintessential Palm Beach and West Palm Beach hotels. The Brazilian Court Hotel offers 80 beautifully renovated studios, one, two and three bedroom suites in Palm Beach featuring luxurious amenities and impeccable service surrounded by lushly landscaped courtyards.
Tucked away in the pristine residential section of Palm Beach, The Chesterfield Hotel Palm Beach is just two blocks north of the world famous Worth Avenue. Designed in the manner of a European bed and breakfast, it features newly-renovated suites, including an 1800-square-foot penthouse with an outdoor deck and Jacuzzi.
— Eau Palm Beach (@eaupalmbeach) March 20, 2017
Eau Palm Beach brings a new sense of style with new-fashioned luxury that is more relaxed, spontaneous and genuine in a setting reminiscent of a Palm Beach estate. Situated on a private beach on seven acres of oceanfront, guests are welcomed with champagne, breathtaking ocean views and cooling tropical breezes.
Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast
Grandview Gardens is Palm Beach County’s leading gay-owned and managed boutique bed & breakfast resort. As members of the LGBT Community Center, Compass, and supporters of various events throughout the year for LGBT causes, Grandview Gardens offers both B&B stays and rental vacation homes for a diverse range of travelers.
Palm Beach Hibiscus
Palm Beach Hibiscus is a hidden tropical oasis in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Conveniently located between City Place & Clematis Street, it’s just a short stroll to movie theaters, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, art galleries, & specialty stores.
— M Brophy (@Team_Brophy) May 6, 2016
Located in Delray Beach, this charming, beach-chic retreat, invites you to relax in contemporary comfort surrounded by 7,000-gallon aquariums, a 2,500-gallon shark tank, and sea-inspired fixtures evoking tropical tranquility. Enjoy luxuriously appointed guest rooms with the finest features, a full-service spa and fitness center, a poolside paradise, six distinctive dining venues, and endless amenities that capture the tranquility of the sea—all in Seagate style.
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— WPBeach Marriott (@MarriottWPB) April 4, 2017
At West Palm Beach Marriott, enjoy innovative guestrooms designed with comfortable décor and deluxe amenities, with ample space to stretch out and stay connected. Sample exquisite eats from Bistro 1001, the onsite restaurant or experience the unique amenities throughout the hotel providing Floridian style with a tropical flair.
— Visit West Palm Bch. (@visitwpb) December 7, 2016
A five-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport, Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown is centrally located within Downtown West Palm Beach. Within steps to popular area attractions, bars and street murals, visitors can also enjoy the vast offerings of nearby CityPlace, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, The Norton Museum and the Palm Beach Zoo.
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— HiltonWestPalmBeach (@hiltonwestpalm) February 26, 2017
The Hilton West Palm Beach is a sleek new hotel located only two miles from Palm Beach and across the street from the city’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment center; City Place. With comfortable guest rooms, alfresco dining options, outdoor yoga classes and a vibrant pool scene, the hotel is great for leisure or business travelers.
WHEN TO GO:
International Gay Polo Tournament: April
— Angela Cruz (@angelacruztube) April 2, 2016
From elaborate tailgate competitions to the constant flow of champagne, enjoy the festivities of the International Gay Polo Tournament in The Palm Beaches, while you show your pride at the themed celebration.
With more than 20,000 attendees, PrideFest of Lake Worth has grown from a small celebration to one of the largest festivals in South Florida, bringing together a community of residents and guests to honor the passion for diversity and growth in community throughout the area.
WHAT TO DO:
Delray Center for the Arts
Delray Beach Center for the Arts provides culturally enriching programs and unique arts and entertainment offerings to both visitors and locals. From musicals and plays, dance and variety shows, Broadway Cabaret, music and concerts, comedy, films, lectures and literary events, the Center’s calendar varies throughout the year.
— Kravis Center (@KravisCenter) February 11, 2017
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts located in West Palm Beach, Florida, is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast, with a growing national and international reputation. True to the spirit in which it was created, the Center is expanding programming by initiating projects on local, national and international levels.
Norton Museum of Art
The Norton is internationally known for its exhibitions and collection of American, Chinese, Contemporary, and European Art – and Photography. From its founding in 1941, the Museum has been acclaimed for masterpieces by Gaugin, Monet, Picasso, and many others.
The Royal Room at The Colony Hotel
Hailed the “best place for Cabaret on the planet” by The Palm Beach Post, the Royal Room at The Colony Hotel features sizzling, song-filled performances by legends and fast-rising performers straight from New York City’s leading Cabarets.
The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum
The Wick Theatre, located in the former Caldwell Theatre, presents spectacular musicals ranging from timeless classics to lesser known shows throughout the year. The Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre is an astounding exhibit of the finest costumes ever brought to the Broadway stage by the most honored and respected designers in the history of the American Musical Theatre.
WHERE TO EXPLORE:
Discover an inviting, funky and hip micro-neighborhood. Located fewer than two miles north of Downtown West Palm Beach, this vibrant area contains restaurants, boutiques, galleries and some of the most creative and interesting merchants in South Florida.
El Cid Historic District
The El Cid Historic District is a high-style waterfront community developed during the 1920′s Florida land boom era. The homes are predominantly large and ornate Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Mission homes, with lush landscaping and unique architectural features. Other styles like Monterey, Art Deco and Colonial Revival are also represented.
— Flamingo Park WPB (@FlamingoParkWPB) November 29, 2016
Flamingo Park is another one of West Palm Beach’s historic neighborhoods. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Flamingo Park features single-family homes built from the 1920s to today. Dozens of houses are characterized as mixture of Spanish Mission, Mediterranean Revival, Frame Vernacular and mid-century Ranch architectural styles.
Although not nationally known as a gay hot spot like Miami, Lake Worth is easily one of the most gay-friendly cities in Florida. Home to Compass, the gay and lesbian center of The Palm Beaches, Studio 205, the only gay themed retail store in the county, and Zoo Health Club, a gym owned by an LGBT couple, Lake Worth welcomes travelers from every lifestyle.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Located in West Palm Beach, Antique Row is a charming district with more than 40 antique shops offering an impressive selection of 17th to 20th century antiques, fine and decorative arts, period deco, vintage and modern furnishings, and much more. All within walking distance, this vast array of quality antiques stores, specialty shops and art galleries are complemented by several award-winning restaurants.
Dina C’s Fab & Funky Consignment Boutique
Owner Dina Capehart offers a curated collection of clothing and accessories dating from the 1940s to the present time by such designers as Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Galanos, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene and Pierre Cardin. She also has a separate men’s boutique.
Serendipity High Fashion Consignment Boutique
This shop, just east of Town Center at Boca Raton, offers couture clothing and accessories from Chanel, Hermès, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Fendi and YSL, among others.
WHERE TO PARTY:
The Bar is located in the heart of the artsy and bohemian town of Lake Worth, Florida. With plenty of parking, flat screen TV’s, a pool table and dance floor, The Bar welcomes everyone for a good time.
H.G. Roosters, located in West Palm Beach, is a staple of The Palm Beach’s gay nightlife. With daily specials, shows and events scheduled every night of the week, it’s always good time at Roosters.
The Mad Hatter Lounge
Just six miles south of West Palm Beach, The Mad Hatter Lounge is one of the area’s most popular gay bars. The friendly neighborhood lounge has a large patio, a pool table and video games, light food and a good mix of cocktails, beers, and wine.
WHERE TO DINE:
Located on Antique Row in a converted 1950’s drugstore, Rhythm Café has been treating the fabulous locals and visitors of The Palm Beaches to the finest, creative, home-style cuisine since 1988. Featuring a tapas-tizer menu, redesigned fish menu, renowned entrees and homemade desserts.
Located in the historical Mango Promenade district in West Palm Beach and just two blocks south of the Norton Museum of Art, Table 26 is a gay-owned neighborhood restaurant in a sophisticated, casual setting. Chef Joe Ferro has created delicious dishes to bring back the basics of Global cuisine. This unique neighborhood eatery has a full-service bar and complimentary valet.
Newly opened Lilly’s Table, located in the town of Lake Park, is a neighborhood gastropub and coffee house. This charming restaurant serves up tapas, daily specials, gourmet coffee and delicious desserts.
Howley’s is a classic ‘50s diner complete with red leather counter stools and a neon glow that lights up West Palm Beach’s Dixie Highway. Known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine, the menu features a wide variety of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
Malakor Thai Café
This sushi and noodle bar in Northwood Village dishes up ample servings of delicious, authentic Thai food., Malakor Thai Café brings the magic of Thailand to the city of West Palm Beach, featuring a colorful indoor space and outdoor garden with a soothing koi pond. Kao Gang, a spin-off of the restaurant, is located north in Palm Beach Gardens.
Sunset Bar & Grille
Sunset Bar & Grill is a hidden gem in the Northwood Village of West Palm Beach. From the outside, the orange and pink hue of the building set the tone for the artsy vibe that follows inside. Decorated to the brim with local art and warm colors, the cozy atmosphere is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends and family.
Hullabaloo is a trendy Italian gastropub on Clematis Street, with an open kitchen, wood-fired stone hearth and a vintage Airstream camper on the patio. The bar serves up dozens of craft beers and microbrews both in the bottle and on tap. There’s also over a dozen hand-crafted cocktails with ingredients and flavors as colorful as the music legends they are named for.