Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gays Gone Wild: Ready to Shake the Winter Blues? Skip Those Straighter-Than-Thou Spring Break Bashes and Get Your Groove on with the Gays

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gays Gone Wild: Ready to Shake the Winter Blues? Skip Those Straighter-Than-Thou Spring Break Bashes and Get Your Groove on with the Gays

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FORT LAUDERDALE-MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

Bashes

South Florida Pridefest, the state's biggest, hits Lauderdale March 10-11. Miami's sexy and sassy gay and lesbian film festival runs April 27-May 6. The sizzling after parties and cocktail mixers are as entertaining as the films themselves.

Beaches

The stretch from Fort Lauderdale to South Beach simply swims with gay sand spots. Must hits are Lauderdale's Sebastian Beach and 12th Street on Miami's South Beach; between lies the queerish north end of clothing-optional Haulover Beach.

Boy-spotting

Gorgeous gay-guy glimpses are South Florida givens, Concentrated queer congregations tend toward Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive. and Lincoln Road in SoBe, and Wilton Manors in Lauderdale.

Bonus

Just 40 miles apart. the gay enclaves Lauderdale and Miami converge for two saucy spring break destinations under one sunny umbrella. clothing-optional Haulover Beach.

KEYWEST, FLORIDA

Bashes

Local gay hot spots band together from late February to early April to create Gay Spring Break 2007. Expect 18 and over beach and toga parties, wet T-shirt contests, offshore cruises, and a huge street dance party in mid March.

Beaches

It's all about "Liz Taylor," local speak for Fort Zachary Taylor Beach; the moniker alone proves the positive permeation of pink-think on the place.

Boy-spotting

The heaviest concentration of homo haunts straddles the blocks on either side of Duval Street in Old Town, but with oodles of us all around, Key West is virtually one big gay zone.

Bonus

On Saturday. hop on the country's only gay and lesbian trolley tour for a vibrant history of the mainland's southernmost city.

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Bashes

Dual Dinah Shore rosters feminize P.S. March 28 to April 1, just before the infamous White Party rearranges the circuitry April 6-9.

Beaches

None per se (despite rumors of a gay nude beach at the nearby Salton Sea), but there are pools aplenty. If you demand the real thing, Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean are just 2% hours away by car. …

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