Gays Gone Wild!
…the subtitle “Another Gay Sequel” movie about a bunch of cute gay guys heading to Fort Lauderdale for their gay Spring Break at a gay resort presided over by Ru Paul and Lady Bunny…
Whilst the movie is good old fashioned fun trash, it does depict quite a raucous gay side of Fort Lauderdale, which lets face it, we all love from time to time. However, Fort Lauderdale also caters to the many of us who don’t always want their summer gay vacation to be all about crazy wild parties and instead want a chilled, laid back environment where we can spread our wings and be ourselves.
And when we say spread our wings, we do mean it literally! This is one place in the world with some of the best gay clothing-optional resorts, gay owned guesthouses and male only hotels. In this article we’ve bundled together our wealth of experience staying at some of the best gay resorts in Fort Lauderdale and summarised it to aid your next FL Gaycation planning.
The Grand Resort and Spa
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All those cuties you’ll meet over at Wilton Manors will at some point have made it through the doors of the good ole’ Grand Resort…these guys are so on point with their marketing, having sponsored and even featured on Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The rooms are spacious with all the amenities you’ll need, but our top tip, try to bag yourself one of the suites. It comes with its own private Jacuzzi and divine outdoor shower….one could simply IMAGINE all the frivolous parties one could (ahem!) host here…!
The Grand Resort includes a pool right by the front as you come in from the main doors. This is the beating heart of the place – note, no nudity here…save that for round the back where there’s an entire clothing optional courtyard and Jacuzzi. Gym bunnies will love the humble gym – don’t come here expecting a massive fitness studio, but it’s got enough equipment to keep the pecs firm and the biceps pert…
Pineapple Point is as grand as it is exquisite. The gay resort is spread over six buildings covering more than two acres of land. On our first few days we kept getting lost, each time bumping into a new hidden private pool or Jacuzzi! There is however a large central pool area, which is the heart of the Pineapple’s social scene amongst guests – facilitated by the afternoon Happy Hour. We made a whole bunch of new friends here, whilst still being able to feel like we were living our own private gay jungle fantasy with no one else around – it’s so big here, you just get that feeling!
Other perks of Pineapple Point include a well stocked gym, a homely feeling in the “Great Room” where breakfast is served, and massage therapy studios. Even if you’re not staying here, fear not, you can purchase a Day Pass.
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In terms of location, Pineapple Point is in the Victoria Park area of Fort Lauderdale, ie equidistant between the gay bars of Wilton Manors and the gay beaches of the city – both a short Uber away.
We’re not joking about the Adam & Steve fantasy – although, that could easily become plural here if you catch our drift – 8 man Jacuzzi and steam room guys, just saying…! Cabanas also has a full service men’s day spa and two heated pools. The Tiki bar by the Jacuzzi is the resort’s social heart where you can casually bump into that cute guy you were eyeing up at the breakfast buffet earlier…
The staff are incredible! Not only are they welcoming, they create an air of familiarity between guests, which makes you feel you’re part of a big gay family. This is probably our favorite thing about our stay at Cabanas.
In terms of location, you’re a short Uber ride to the gay scene of Fort Lauderdale in Wilton Manors as well as to the gay Sebastian beach.
Just like Grand Resort, the location of Cheston House is pretty sweet as you’re around 10 minutes walking distance to the beach and a short cab ride to Wilton Manor. The rooms range from the most simple guest rooms, to a more complete apartment-style rooms with fully equipped kitchen. They’re all super clean with plenty of space to hang your outfits and bring a few friends back from the pool for a more intimate conversation!
Communal facilities at the Cheston include a 24-hour heated, obligatory gym room, and continental breakfast. Party boys who strolled in late will appreciate the late check out offered…we sure did! The only downside of Cheston House is that whilst it’s very clothing optional here, it is surrounded by taller buildings that look into the communal spaces, so take care of that! This is made up by the thick lush tropical plants around the garden areas, which give quite a generous amount of privacy.
The 3 buildings are all connected with garden pathways, which makes it pretty convenient to get lost amongst this tropical maze… Or just head over to one of those large hot tubs! In terms of location, the Worthington is 2 blocks to the Sebastian gay beach – that’s roughly around 5-10 minutes of sashaying the streets of FL. For Wilton Manors, it’s a short cab ride away.
We found the overall vibe at the Worthington to be chilled and fun during the day, then in the evening it got quite exciting as the boys got ready for a night out at Wilton Manors – a fun gay sisterhood quickly forming…