Gay Tampa – Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 10th, 2019

Gay Tampa - The Nomadic Boys

Tampa is a lot of fun and very gay friendly!

It has a young and diverse population due to the large community of students, expats and the strong sports culture with two notorious home teams: the “Tampa Bay Lightening” hockey team and the Tampa Bay Bucaneers” American football team.

All gay travellers to gay Tampa will find something to love about the city, in particular the GaYborhood in Ybor. For general inspiration, check out our best things to do in Tampa guide. Meanwhile, this is our detailed gay guide to Tampa focusing on the best bars, clubs, places to stay and more.

The gay neighbourhood of Tampa is based in the city’s historic district called “Ybor City”, specifically along 7th Avenue. A coalition of businesses in the area created a LGBT Chamber of Commerce business group called “GaYbor”, from which the gay neighbourhood of Tampa affectionally takes its name.

In GaYbor, you will find the main gay clubs, bars, bathhouses of Tampa, as well as a number of boutique and vintage shops like La FranceIn the evening, especially on weekends, 7th Avenue comes alive as the crowds hit the gay bars like Bradleys and Honey Pots (see more below).

The GaYborhood is also home to Tampa Pride, which takes place on the last weekend in March with a Diversity Parade. Also look out for the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festivalheld every October.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Ten Things to Do in Gay Tampa – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 3rd, 2019

Gay Tampa - The Nomadic Boys

Tampa is a city packed with so many things to do for couples of all ages. We spent 4 days here and never once got bored.

There is always something happening in Tampa, with a festival to celebrate almost everything, like a Greek Festival, Italian, festivals for Margarita cocktails, cigars, cupcake and even a Mac & Cheese festival! The most famous is the Gasparilla pirate festival in January, which celebrates José Gaspar, a Spanish pirate who used to roam and plunder across the Gulf of Mexico.

For the latest events taking place in Tampa, check Visit Tampa Bay’s website, as well as the Visit Florida website. For romantic inspiration, continue reading below for our 10 coolest things to do in Tampa for couples, based on our first hand experience.

1. A stroll through history in Ybor City

Ybor City is Tampa’s historic neighbourhood, once home to a prominent cigar industry. It is named after Vicente Martinez-Ybor who in 1880 selected this spot as the base for his industry. Back then, this was a tiny isolated village. Mr Ybor attracted thousands of immigrants, mainly from Cuba, Italy and Spain, who came here to work and subsequently developed a strong Latino culture here. At one point, Ybor City become a prominent base for Cuban revolutionaries like Jose Marti and Paulina Pedroso.

After Mr Ybor’s death in 1896, his cigar industry thrived, reaching a peak in the 1920s, when there were more cigar factories in Ybor City than in Cuba. Sadly it started to decline after the Great Depression hit in 1929, and also due to the growth of the cigarette industry. This led to a mass exodus of people between the 1930s-1980s from Ybor City. However since the 1980s, Ybor City has had a huge renaissance, becoming not only a hotspot for tourism, but a popular nightlife area with an excellent gay scene on Seventh Avenue.

We highly recommend taking a walking tour with a company like Ybor Walking Tours to learn more about Ybor City’s fascinating past.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Tampa Bay Targets LGBT Tourists

Author: , December 6th, 2014

Tampa Apple MapsTo have and to hold and to hitch it up in the Sunshine State: That’s the honeymoon-swoon allure of a new Visit Tampa Bay ad campaign created in anticipation of Florida soon eradicating a ban on same-sex marriage.

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled that a stay in the state’s ban on same-sex nuptials will be lifted Jan. 5 because of the ban’s unconstitutionality.

If that holds up, Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s nonprofit tourism branch, would “almost immediately” court betrothed-minded LGBT folks with its glossy new “To Have and To Hold” blitz. There will be matrimonial-specific print ads in the Northeast, the Middle Atlantic, Ohio and Texas; digital ads in Chicago and Dallas; and, a microsite listing local events, hotels and services.

By Sean Daly – Full Story at the Tampa Bay Times | Tampa Gay Travel Resources

Discovering Gay Tampa, Florida

Author: , October 1st, 2013

Florida mapTampa has been one of the largest cities in Florida ever since the railroad reached town in the 1880s and businessmen such as Henry B. Plant made their mark on the city with their contributions to the city via land and architecture. The Spanish, Cubans and Italians helped grow the Ybor City district of Tampa into the cigar capital of the United States by the early 20th century, by extension putting the entire city on the map.

It wasn’t all smiles for the bustling city, however, as the money that the cigars brought in ended up sustaining one of the largest Mafia operations in the country, and Tampa almost fell to the violence fueled by organized crime. By the 1960s, the cigar industry dried up, and so did much of Tampa’s influence nationally.

Tampa rebuilt itself as a family tourist destination with the grand opening of Busch Gardens and its subsequent success in the 1960s. The city also became well-regarded statewide for education with the steady growth of the University of South Florida. The 1970s brought an NFL franchise to Tampa and many millions of dollars in revenue with it. Finally, after decades of neglect, Ybor City blossomed again, this time as a nightclub district.

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

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Lesbian Travel: Tampa, Florida

Author: , February 22nd, 2013

Tampa Lesbian NightlifePlanning a visit to Tampa Bay?  Autostradde has you covered with their Queer Girl City Guide: Tampa, Florida. Ria at Autostraddle reports:

I have lived in Tampa all of my 20 long years and have traveled a lot in my life, but still always classify Tampa as the best place to call home. When most people think of Florida cities, they seem to think Miami, but always seem to forget about Tampa who just sits up here located on the water like “hey guys I’m pretty fab too!” Tampa is totally fun and fierce and fabulous and is super gay and then there is the beach and you are located like an hour and a half away from Disney! In addition, people living in Tampa are often lovingly called Tampons which is amusing and also the perfect label for this lady-loving city.

Looking for lesbian night life?

Not gonna lie, the first thing I check for when I am traveling to an unknown city is the club scene. Because come on people, dancing with the ladies is fun! Thankfully Tampa has a pretty good lesbian club scene, so your needs to get out and party are pretty much covered.

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Travel Tips From the Locals

Author: , May 30th, 2012

Washington DC Gay TravelSix former Atlantans offer travel tips to their new cities

The GA Voice caught up with five six gay former Atlantans who now live in other cities to find out what they are up to now and to get their tips for visitors to their new cities.

Happy traveling.

Jon Arge, artist, Asheville, N.C.

When did you move to Asheville and what goals/dreams are you now pursuing while living there?

I relocated here in October of last year completely by accident. I came up for a few days to visit one of my oldest friends, and earliest collectors, who had bought a house here a few years ago. He was then leaving for the rest of the year on business so he asked if I might stay on and house sit.

Full Story from The Georgia Voice

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Featured Property: Mansion House B&B, St. Petersburg, Florida

Author: , October 10th, 2010

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Tampa/St. Petersburg Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Mansion House B&B - St. Petersburg, FloridaThe historic Mansion House I and MHII are mirror-image arts and crafts houses built in 1901-1904 – we’re celebrating our centennial in 2001! We’re a traditional B&B inn in the heart of beautiful St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast and the arts and entertainment district, The QuARTer. Just two blocks from one of the loveliest natural harbors, the Vinoy Basin and the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, Straub, and Vinoy Parks – the perfect place to see the sunrise, take a run, rollerblade, bike or walk.

Mansion House was the home of the first mayor of St. Peter, David Moffett. It was built by one of the movers and shakers of this area, A.F. Thomasson and his wife, Phoebe Mackie. MHII was built by Julia Kemp and her husband, a noted physician in town. Each room is furnished differently – mostly antiques and rich woods.

A few of our local attractions:

Straub and Vinoy Parks: A 5 minute stroll where open air concerts and festivals are held regularly.
Museum of Fine Arts: Providing outstanding examples of world art in an inviting, elegant setting.
St Petersburg Holocaust Museum: The fourth largest Holocaust museum in the country.
Fort Desoto Park: Besides the glistening 7-mile stretch of beach, the park offers outstanding opportunities to view wildlife.

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Author: , August 7th, 2010
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Florida BeachWith all the television, radio and newspaper media telling the whole world about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of tourists are thinking that the coasts of Florida are all oily.

WRONG!!!! We have received dozens of emails from readers asking about the Florida coasts. The coast line of Florida is still as beautiful as ever!

Forget what you have heard. We recently flew down for a visit to both coasts and everything is perfect and we do mean perfect!

Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaThe east side of Florida including Jacksonville, Daytona, Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami are fabulously wonderful.

The west side of Florida is equally as great including Naples, Ft. Myers and the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area.

Most gays usually go to Ft. Lauderdale where there are dozens of gay resorts, or they go to the St. Petersburg/Tampa area.

Flamingo Resort, St. Petersburg, FloridaWith the opening of the new Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, more and more gays are going there now. The Resort has 130 rooms.

Others prefer the smaller coastal cities such as St. Augustine, Daytona Beach on the east coast or Naples and Ft. Myers on the west coast.

The favorite for many, many years was Key West. How we wish that we had been going to Key West back in the 1960’s!

With the straight cruise ships landing in Key West, it has changed somewhat, but it is still a very unusual place to visit.

It is hot everywhere in the country this summer so head down to the Florida beaches and take advantage of their beautiful sandy beaches. Actually we enjoy going to all the beaches in Florida.

Ft. Lauderdale is one of the most popular destinations for gays all over the country since it has so many things to see and but don’t forget the rest of the beaches in Florida. GO visit the coasts of Florida this summer and enjoy yourself!

Before traveling to Florida this summer, here are great websites to check out:

and for our leather friends:

and of course ALWAYS check out anyplace where you are traveling by going to

Don & ray - Gay TravelersAlways 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 and visit their website at