Miami on a Budget

Author: , February 21st, 2014

South Beach, Miami Gay TravelWith a reputation for glamor and parties, it’s not surprising that a trip to Miami can be hard on your wallet; those cocktails and cover charges add up. However, with just a few adjustments, you can save yourself a few dollars without missing out on the fun. Here’s how.

Know (and Avoid) Peak Travel Times

Miami is busiest from January to April when the rest of the country is suffering through winter. In other seasons, the beaches are just as inviting (and less crowded), and prices are usually lower. For example, one of Miami’s chicest properties, the Epic Hotel is offering rates starting at $440 per night in February but come July, the rate goes down to $230. Similarly, starting rates at the Delano South Beach go from $526 in February to $348 in July.

It also goes without saying that, unless you have your heart set on attending, you’d best avoid Miami during high-profile events, such as Art Basel (December 4 – 7) or the Winter Music Conference (March 21 – 30), when affordable hotel rooms are rare.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: South Florida to Start Off the New Year

Author: , January 10th, 2014
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Grand Resort, FloridaAnytime is a great time to visit Florida but when the temperatures are falling all over the rest of the country, it is THE time to head south for the wonderful life that South Florida offers. We have been driving to South Florida in January for 13 years now.

We always stay in Ft. Lauderdale at the Grand Resort and Spa, www.grandresort.net and it is always perfect. We meet a lot of the same guys that comes down at the same that we do. Quite a few of the guys this time are from London, South America, Paris, Canada and all parts of the U.S.

They do everything perfectly at the Grand and that is why their guests keep returning year after year. Casey the owner and all of the staff including J. D., Bill and Paul are so professional. They have consistently been rated as one of the very top gay resorts in the country.

Taboo RestaurantThere are two special restaurants in the area which are always on our list of places to dine. One is the Ta-boo Restaurant in Palm Beach. It is located right in the middle of Worth Avenue and just a block from Neiman-Marcus. Their address is 221 Worth Avenue and their website is: www.taboorestaurant.com.

Besides being the perfect place to see and be seen it is also THE place to dine. We have been dining there for the past 13 years and always have a perfect dining experience. The ambiance, food, food presentation and the service are always impeccable!

They just happen to have the finest server in all of South Florida. Luiz has been on their staff for many years and does everything possible to make sure that you have a perfect dining experience. He really needs to start a school to train servers. Be sure and always ask for one of his tables when dining there. THANKS Luiz for being so professional! Ta-boo has been in business since 1941 and under the current ownership, Franklyn DeMarco and partner Nancy Simmons since 1990. They certainly know how to operate a restaurant perfectly. The photo shows Ray with server, Luiz.

Versailles RestaurantThe other restaurant is in Miami called Versailles which is the most famous Cuban restaurant in the world! Check out their website at www.versaillesrestaurant.com. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant itself is beautiful and extremely unique. The service is great and the food is to simply die for!

If you have never tried Cuban coffee before, this is the place to try some. They have a huge menu and you always want to try things that you have never tried before. Their desserts are homemade daily. In an adjoining room they have a bakery shop filled with some of the finest desserts that we have had and you can get these to go. A huge chocolate mousse is only $2.50. Their address is 3555 S.W. 8th St. in Miami.

Auntie MameWhen traveling, it is always great seeing old friends again and making new ones. We always enjoy seeing our dear friend, Auntie Mame who is one of the finest female impersonators in Florida. She has performed on sea cruises as well as New England, New York, Ptown, Palm Springs, California and all over Florida.

Pedro IrigonegaryWe dined with the noted and SUPER Lawyer, Pedro Irigonegaray from Kansas. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

He is VERY involved with the Kansas Equality Coalition and is a VERY strong supporter for the Gay and Lesbian rights. We have been friends of his for over 25 years. Besides being a very professional attorney, he is also one of the most considerate and entertaining gentlemen that we know. He and Janet are a terrific couple to be around. Every state needs a Lawyer like him for the Gay and Lesbian Community.

Naomi at the World Erotic Art MuseumAnother dear friend that we always enjoying seeing is Naomi Wilzig who owns the World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach: www.weam.com She has devoted her time, energy and money to the Gay and Lesbian community for years. In addition, she owns one of the finest and most interesting museums in the country. Be sure and visit her museum whenever you are in South Florida.

The dozens of bars and restaurants in South Florida are overwhelming. There is always something going on and the restaurants serve a huge selection of almost anything that you might crave. Shopping in South Florida is NOT for the faint hearted. Palm Beach has Worth Avenue which is on a par with Rodeo Drive in California. You literally can find anything there from the finest selection in clothing, antiques, jewelry and anything that tickles your fancy.

Bars and nightclubs seem to come and go from coast to coast a lot. Here in South Florida, you can always check out www.hotspotsmagazine.com in advance to see what is happening in the nightlife around town. They also have listings for restaurants and events going on around the area.
January, when the weather is cold where you live, come on down and enjoy the beach, the ocean and the warm weather!

Donald and Ray

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Miami Sizzles for Gay Travelers

Author: , January 6th, 2014

Miami Beach Gay TravelDuring the cold snap a couple of weeks ago, I found myself at 3 a.m. waiting for a SamTrans bus at the temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, wishing I had dressed warmer. A long-sleeved shirt, sweater, jacket, and scarf were not enough. But relief would come soon. I was heading to San Francisco International Airport to catch an early flight to Miami.

In a reversal of fortunes, the next bus stop at which I found myself was outside the Miami airport. I found myself stripping off layers of clothes as I searched for a shady place to wait in 85-degree weather.

Ultimately, the year-round warm weather is what lures most people to Miami, but there are plenty of things to see and do there even if you are not much of a beach person. The greater Miami area is home to a rich cultural history and natural attractions that keep visitors returning every year.

Authored By Ed Walsh – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Exploring Miami Beach

Author: , November 13th, 2013

Miami BeachWhen a mention of the term “Miami” is made, the first thing that comes to one’s mind happens to be the beach. Mile-long stretches of sparkling water at the edge of the golden sand with its exotic collection of celebrity-studded hotels frequented by tanned tourists wanting to revel in the non-stop nightlife of Miami, these glamorous images get surpassed only by the ironic reality of the situation. Extending from the South Beach to the North Beach, Miami is a legendary resort destination that has set high the golden standards for hospitality and has yet constantly renewed and renovated to catch up with the latest wave of expectations from its visitors.

1. Miami Beach and its visual distinction

The beaches in Miami offer more than just the traditional sun and sand and encompass world-renowned art galleries, first class hotels with world-famous nightlife, a dining facility that is second to none, designer shopping destinations and a totally unique style of architecture that sets it apart as a region that is visually distinctive from the rest.

Authored By Leo Josh – See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

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Discovering Gay Miami

Author: , September 15th, 2013

South Beach, Miami Gay TravelIt’s hard to believe that in fewer than 100 years, Miami has grown from a small village to an important city on the world stage. The railroad, a land boom and dreams of living in paradise brought hundreds of thousands of people here in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and the city we know today grew from those roots.

In World War II, the U.S. military made Miami a key city in the war effort, and the sailors and airmen would continue to make an impression on the area for the next 50 years. A creative and inspiring generation popularized architectural trends such as Art Deco, and the generation after created the genre of Miami Modern (MiMo). The designers still live here today and continue to impact how Americans live.

As time went on, the Bahamians immigrated to Miami, then the Cubans, and still the Haitians, as well as countless others, giving Miami an unmistakable Latin and Caribbean flavor. Miami grew onwards and outwards, up the coast and out to the Everglades. People wanted to live the pastel “Miami Vice” dream; they wanted to thank the Golden Girls “for being a friend.” In the last few decades, Miami has been firmly established as a world leader in work and play, real estate and relaxation, finance and fashion, a reputation that continues to this day.

Authored By Mike Halterman – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Going Gay in Miami

Author: , September 3rd, 2013

Miami BeachWhen it comes to creating a romantic getaway, nothing beats a tropical vacation, where sea breezes blow gently over white sands while you sip on a fruity concoction. Equally important is finding a place where you and your partner are free to express your feelings without the fear of homophobia. Enter Miami, the tropical destination that welcomes LGBT couples with open arms. Best of all, you don’t even need your passport!

“The areas of South Beach” to Greater Miami and the beaches “have a very gay-positive culture,” said Karen Brown, executive director of the Miami Beach LGBT Visitor Center. (http://www.gogaymiami.com) “It is probably one of the sexiest destinations in the world. You don’t lack for anything you want to do, from recreational activities to good places with great drinks and wine lists and spectacular views, with no fear of judgment.”

In Miami, South Beach’s 12th Street Beach is legendary. This gay beach is ground zero for sunbathing, people watching, volleyball and assorted canoodling. For sunbathing au natural, head 30 minutes out to Haulover Nude Beach, to the north. Active types can hit Key Biscayne for windsurfing or snorkeling, or biking. Rent a DecoBike, Miami’s official rent and share bike program, or explore South Beach’s Art Deco district with a Bike and Roll guided tour.

Authored By Winnie McCroy – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Beaches, Bliss and Beyond – Gay Miami

Author: , August 18th, 2013

South Beach, Miami Gay TravelIf you’ve ever seen “The Birdcage” you probably have an image of Miami as a 24/7 drag queen fabulous party, all drinking hot-boy-fest wonderland – and that’s just before noon.

While the decadent element of ’90s Miami, and South Beach in particular, is still visible on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, and in the drinks served at the outdoor, mist-blowing restaurants, this South Florida playground has grown up and taken on a more mature look (like most of us). Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend on the beach or fast-paced cultural and nightlife city experience, Greater Miami and the Beaches offers a head-spinning mix of world-class lodging, dining, culture, shopping and eco-tourism. Miami Beach’s Gay Chamber of Commerce GoGayMiami.com will help steer you in the right direction.

South Beach today is a melting pot of ethnicities. The understanding and combatable mix of gay and straight is even better than the weather.

Authored By David Toussaint – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Miami Gay Film Festival Starts This Month

Author: , April 16th, 2013

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film FestivalLooking for some sizzling hot fun this month? head down to Miami for the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival! Passport Magazine reports:

Now that Pride is over in Miami, you can still head down and enjoy the white-sand beaches, delightfully warm weather, and beautiful people, but this time, forget the colorful parades and late-night parties and trade it all in for a movie ticket and gallon-size popcorn for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Try not to opt for the sun all day or you’ll be missing one of the nation’s top LGBT film fests. From April 26-May 5, you can enjoy movies that will warm your heart, inspire you, and just plain entertain.

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Miami Beach Will Host the World Out Games in 2017

Author: , March 2nd, 2013

World Out GamesIt’s official – Miami Beach has won out over Reykjavik to host the World Out Games in 2017. Gay Star News reports:

After site visits to both cities, delegates from as far afield as Los Angeles, Mexico, Manchester, Australia and Tonga gathered together for final presentations, deliberations, and a vote – which has ultimately gone the way of Miami Beach. Paul Brummitt, chair of the selection committee, was excited about the quality of both bids: ‘Both cities have sent amazing bids, and their presentations really dazzled delegates.’ The World Out Games are one of the world’s largest LGBT multi-sports events and are held every four years. The events are run by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA).

Up next – the Gay Games 2018 decision.

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Winter Party Coming to Miami March 6th

Author: , January 31st, 2013

Miami Beach Gay TravelThis March 6 -11, leave it to the Florida sunshine to melt away the Winter blues with the annual Winter Party in Miami! Throwing together a series of parties to show off the pulsating beats of this eternal, sunshine-filled haven, Winter Party is world famous and attracts the hottest DJs and sexiest crowds.

With additional events planned for the beach too, there is no reason not to grab some of your besties and let the warm breezes of Miami take you away! Or, grab a couple of cocktails and check out the fellow partygoers from the comfort of your lounge chair!

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