Warm up in a seaside city with a gay scene as vibrant as its sandy beaches

Are you sitting at work, snow boots on, dreaming of warmer climes? The polar vortex of 2019 is making this a winter to remember, but not for any good reason. Nobody who goes to work in below-zero temperatures can be blamed for staring at their computer screen saver, with a photo of an island tropical paradise surrounded by waters so blue, and giving serious thought to the meaning of life.

Maybe planning a trip to an island in the South Pacific is out of reach, but why not warm up someplace a little closer? The southern coasts of Florida are escaping the freezing temperatures and offering reliable sun, and temps are usually warm enough to take a dip in the ocean. And the gay scene here is as vibrant as the white sand beaches.

First stop on our tour of southern Florida: St. Petersburg, in the fantastic Tampa Bay area.

Here are 5 steps to soaking in the sun on the Gulf of Mexico…

Check in

GayStPete House

Tropical Gay Paradise Hotel
4505 Fifth Avenue North St Petersburg

Go to the beach

Have a lovely dinner


Dining al fresco
204 Beach Dr NE Saint Petersburg

Have a drink, see a show

The next day, get some culture

The Dali Museum

Museum dedicated to Surrealism artist
1 Dali Blvd St. Petersburg

By Daniel Renzi

h/t: Queerty