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The 12 best gay resorts in the USA

Stefan Arestis
The 12 best gay resorts in the USA

Oh, America The Great! Larger than life. The land of dreams. Beloved for many reasons… Its towering skyscrapers. Its dazzling celebrities. Its incredibly good food…

But if there’s one thing we feel the USA deserves special recognition for, it’s the amazingly gay resorts!

Every time we stay in a gay resort in the USA, it's like getting to sample a tiny slice of pink Heaven. There’s something about being tucked away within a resort or guesthouse with fellow gay people that just feels special. Whether or not it’s all-male or clothing-optional, we always manage to have an exceptional time and always make a whole new bunch of friends.

Throughout our travels in the good ‘ole US of A, we've had the opportunity to stay in some pretty stunning gay resorts, particularly in South Florida, which has some of the most famous ones. In this article, we've whipped up our list of the 12 absolute best gay resorts in the USA that we think you’d also love.

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What is a gay resort?

What is a gay resort you ask? A conservative’s worst nightmare!!

In the literal sense, it’s a complex where gay men go to relax, party, and enjoy a vacation. Often, you’ll find they are filled with semi-nude (or fully, depending on which one you go to) men. Most of the time there is a swimming pool area, with further amenities like spa studios, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a bar.

They are often very sociable and integrated, with events and open spaces that encourage guests to get to know each other.

Usually found within the boundary lines of some fabulously gay American city, we’ve noticed more and more resorts sprouting up in more rural landscapes in recent years. So, whatever your vibe is, there is definitely an ideal option for you.

The Worthington is one of the most popular gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale.
A gay resort is like the best gay pool party you've ever been to!

Are all gay resorts clothing-optional?

The short answer…no! But a fair number of them are.

It’s all dependent on where you stay. Lots of gay resorts allow you to be in your birthday suit throughout the entire establishment. Some gay resorts have specific areas where you can disrobe. Others are swimsuit-optional only.

It is very easy to figure out whether a resort is or isn’t. Most of the time, the website will have it splashed across its homepage – after all, it’s a pretty sweet marketing ploy right? Or else, when you arrive, staff will tell you if it's allowed, and where you can/cannot go au naturel. Or failing all that, it will very quickly become abundantly clear when you walk through the front door and see some schlongs hanging around the area!

Many gay resorts in the US are clothing-optional and you'll easily be able to find this out
“Don't worry darling, you only need to get your kit off if you want to!”

01

Pineapple Point Resort

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The beautiful gardens and pools at Cabanas, a gay guesthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In a nutshell


  • Luxurious clothing-optional, male-only resort
  • Offers a day pass for non-guests for $25
  • Massage therapy studios
  • Drinks on the house during Happy Hour

You know what they say about pineapples… they are the ultimate libido lifer. And just like the fruit, a taste of this gorgeous gay resort is succulent, revitalizing, and will leave you feeling super titillated!

Pineapple Point is our favorite gay resort in the USA. As soon as we walked through the front entrance of Pineapple Point Resort, we were struck by the tropical influences. There was lush foliage, palmetto plants, hanging trees, swinging hammocks, sun decks, and pineapple décor aplenty.

The clothing-optional policy also helped create the illusion that we were all chilling deep in the wilderness, far away from straight civilization.

This especially rings true during the evening Happy Hour where beer and wine are on the house. Everyone comes together and just enjoys the gay fantasy life. This is why we also rate Pineapple Point as one of the best gay resorts in Fort Lauderdale.

Other ways to unwind include a visit to the massage therapy studios, where you can embrace the tranquil environment with its use of soft candlelight and soothing music. Pineapple Point is located in the downtown area of Fort Lauderdale. It’s only a 10-minute drive to gay Wilton Manors, where all the main gay clubs and bars of Fort Lauderdale can be found.

Hosts Judd and Phil are super sweet and chatty. They treat their staff like family, which helps make the atmosphere around the resort feel even more warm and open. They also serve up a scrumptious continental breakfast each morning, which helped set us up for our days of, well, total relaxation!

Prices at Pineapple Point start from $199 per night:


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02

The Hacienda at Warm Sands

Palm Springs, California

The Hacienda at Warm Sands is a cosy and luxurious resort in Palm Springs

In a nutshell


  • Luxurious Clothing-optional gay resort
  • 1:1 staff to guest ratio
  • Small number of guests for a quiet getaway
  • Incredible mountain scenery

The Hacienda is the perfect gay clothing optional resort for those in need of a quiet getaway in palm Springs.

A bit smaller than other gay resorts on this list, it is by no means one to overlook. They boast an incredible variety of fabulous amenities, plus a 1:1 staff to guest ratio, so every visitors’ needs are met in quick succession.

There are two clothing-optional swimming pools and a hot tub for you to unwind in. The impressive San Jacinto Mountains that surround the resort, mixed with the use of heavy lush foliage décor, create the illusion that you are tucked away in a secret location. Though for when you are up for a little action, you only need to take a 4-minute Uber drive to the bustling gay Warm Sands. There you will find loads of gay bars, clubs, and restaurants to enjoy.

There are only 9 suites available at any one time, so we recommend booking as far in advance as you can. For a honeymoon, we recommend splurging on the deluxe suite as it gives an incredible panoramic view of the mountains.

Prices at The Hacienda at Warm Sands start from $239 per night:


03

Island House

Key West, Florida

Island House is a fabulous gay resort in Key West that's clothing-optional and men-only!

In a nutshell


  • Men-only Clothing-optional resort
  • 24-hour café
  • Incredible pool parties
  • Premium cocktails at Happy Hour

Island House knows a thing or two about infamyafter all, it’s the most well-known gay resort in Key West, arguably in all of Florida too!

From the legendary gay pool parties (which are more like an epic sausage fest if you ask us!) to the popular Happy Hours, where even the most premium of cocktails are free, staying at Island House is an unforgettable experience.

The entire gay resort is fully clothing-optional (except for the gym), meaning you can basically disrobe once you walk in the front door. Though if you aren’t up for doing so, it’s totally cool. There is a wide mix of guests here, some go full schlongs out, some stick to a bathing suit, others stay fully clothed. It’s up to you.

Most guests only go fully nude whilst hanging around the swimming pool or visiting the steam room/hot tub areas. You can also enjoy a wonderfully relaxing outdoor shower area. The 24-hour café is where you can take shelter from the sun and enjoy conversation with fellow guests.

In terms of accommodation, you can choose between a basic room with street views or a more lavish luxury superior suite, where you can enjoy space spread across two floors and a private porch. For the gay bars of Key West, Island House is just a 15-minute walk away.

Prices at Island House start from $135 per night:


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04

The Grand Resort and Spa

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Grand Resort is one of the best gay guest houses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In a nutshell


  • Clothing-optional areas
  • Nude parties
  • Spa studio
  • Close proximity to beach

Grand by name, grand by nature!

This gay resort is one of the most popular and well-known in all of Fort Lauderdale. This is particularly due to its connection with RuPaul’s Drag Race, serving as the show’s sponsor in the early seasons… though it’s not responsible for that season 1 filter, we promise!

We particularly love it for how diverse the guests are. Fellow patrons come in all shapes, ages, and sizes, so everyone feels welcome. Especially around the pool area where it feels like one big celebration of being quintessentially queer. There is a spa studio where you can enjoy a professional massage (pro tip: get the deep tissue, it’s to die for).

It’s around 10 minutes walk to the main beach area, perfect if you feel like sneaking away for a few hours during the day. Hop into a cab and you're in the heart of the gay scene of Fort Lauderdale in Wilton Manors in around 10-15 mins.

The gay resort holds events throughout the year, including a nude party. So, if you are planning a stay, be sure to check out their event page for what is coming up.

Prices at The Grand start from $188 per night:


05

Santiago Resort

Palm Springs, California

Santiago Resort is a gorgeous and luxurious resort for gay men in Palm Springs

In a nutshell


  • Men-only and Clothing-optional
  • Outdoor showers, firepit and spa
  • Massive swimming pool
  • Luxurious rooms and suites

This gorgeous Palm Springs gay resort is all about the outdoors. From the outdoor spa and hot tub to the garden showers, this gay clothing optional gay resort is all about the experience of being au naturel in nature. We just love the added décor of tropical-inspired furniture and the use of arid colors throughout the resort adds to this wilderness fantasy.

The Santiago Resort contains a massive swimming pool, where all the guests tend to gather to chill. This is where you can unwind, make friends, and soak in some good ol' vitamin D! We always find it so much easier to make new friends in these areas. The lush scenery and frolicking around in the pool help break the ice, and it becomes easy to start a conversation with anyone.

There are four different room options to choose from, including an incredible suite that has a private patio. The more basic rooms are still very spacious, modern, and well-equipped for a short stay.

The hosts, Kent and Bill, are exceptional at what they do. They head up an amazing team who are super kind and chatty. Together, they all work super hard to ensure their guests are looked after to the fullest.

Prices at Santiago Resort start from $159 per night:


06

The Big Coconut Guesthouse

Wilton Manors, Florida

The Big Coconut Guesthouse is a fabulous gay resort in Fort Lauderdale right by the beach

In a nutshell


  • Intimate Clothing-optional gay guesthouse
  • Fun daily Happy Hour
  • Centered in the heart of gay village
  • Spacious and cosy rooms

The Big Coconut Guesthouse is one of the friendliest places we've stayed in. It's one of the smaller gay guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale, but just as fabulous!

David and Marty are the super cute couple behind this guesthouse who do such a fantastic job of giving the place a strong homely feel.

It is located just down the street from the massive Holiday Park, where we loved going for our morning runs. The Wilton Manors gay scene is a short 10 minute Uber ride away, and the gay beach around 15 mins.

Particularly popular with the older gay population, The Big Coconut is by no means exclusive to any age group. All are welcome and made to feel just as special as anyone else.

The rooms are spacious yet cozy, with the upper-tier options containing full-sized kitchens and wet bars. You basically never have to leave the place!

There is an evening Happy Hour, which of course, guests take full advantage of. It’s the time when we were able to meet our fellow patrons and bask in the sweet Floridian air while enjoying a cheeky cocktail or two.

Prices at The Big Coconut Guesthouse start from $149 per night:


07

Alexander’s Guest House

Key West, Florida

Alexander's Guesthouse is a clothing-optional gay guesthouse in Key West open to all kind of fun, with a mix of gay men and women

In a nutshell


  • Gorgeous gay guesthouse
  • Inclusive of all genders
  • Complimentary breakfast and evening cocktail
  • Gorgeous, Conch-style building

We don’t like to pick favorites…. (whispering) but Alexander's Guest House is easily one of our favorite gay guesthouses in Key West.

Set in an exquisite 3-story building, which dates back to the 1800s, the hotel’s gorgeous design reminded us of houses you’d see in old movies. The white shutters and patios echo the suburbia of yesteryear – and yet inside, it couldn’t be slicker and more modern. With spacious rooms, high roofs, and plush furniture; it’s ever so cozy. It also sits on a quiet street in Key West’s Old Town, so it's a great option if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.

We woke up to a beautiful tropical breakfast each morning, where we’d either be treated to an assortment of artisan bread, egg casserole, French toast, or quiche. They also served freshly brewed coffee and island-style iced tea throughout the day. There's even a daily cocktail happy hour in the aptly named Pink Monkey bar.

To hang out, there's a pool in the center of the property, along with a spa and Jacuzzi. There is also a designated clothing-optional section in the upper sun decks, optimal for privacy and sunbathing.

In terms of guests, it is open to both men and women, gay or straight. Yet it considers itself a gay guesthouse – in fact, we would consider it ‘hetero-friendly’ more than anything.

Prices at Alexander's Guest House start from $285 per night:


08

Frog Meadow Farm B&B

Newfane, Vermont

Frog Meadow Farm is a stunning gay B&B in Vermont with lots of wonderful activities for gay men to enjoy

In a nutshell


  • Nude yoga classes and gay massage
  • Not clothing-optional beyond those specific activities
  • Country gardens, hiking trails, swimming pond and hot tub
  • Delicious and complimentary daily breakfast whipped up by Dave

Frog Meadow Farm is a quaint gay B&B retreat, based in the Vermont countryside town of Brattleboro. Voted #11 in Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns in America“, Brattleboro is a town that is well known for its progressive values and LGBTQ acceptance.

The peaceful grounds of Frog Meadow Farm make you feel so safe and secluded, that it’s just like being in a bubble. Whether you're enjoying some massage therapy or participating in a clothing optional yoga class, you’ll feel soooo revitalized after a stay here! Across the grounds, you’ll have access to a wood-fired hot tub, gym, swimming pond, and a 63-acre hiking trail.

Every morning, co-owner Dave prepares a complimentary full country breakfast for all the guests, perfectly setting them up for the day. He and his partner Scott are the faces of this gay resort and take the time to become personally acquainted with each of their patrons.

There are 6 types of rooms, with the Frog Meadow Suite serving as the most coveted spot. It includes its own private two-man Jacuzzi bath and is decorated with exquisite American country-style accent tiles. Another option is the adorable Brook cottage, situated outside of the main building, and is more on the magical, romantic side.

Prices at Frog Meadow Farm start from $195 per night:


09

INNdulge

Palm Springs, California

INNdulge is a fabulous gay resort in Palm Springs that's close to all the gay bars and clubs

In a nutshell


  • Clothing-optional gay male resort
  • Sociable atmosphere with pizza nights
  • Swimming pool and 12-man hot jacuzzi
  • Close to many gay bars and clubs

Anything good is worth INN-dulging in, right?

In what is considered one of the best-rated gay resorts in all of California, let alone Palm Springs, INNdulge is a party-centric, all-clothing optional, all-male resort.

The hosts and staff are always around to attend to any request, helping to make the experience into something very special. Whether you're soaking up in the 12-man Jacuzzi or enjoying the Thursday pizza night, there is never a dull moment to be had! The social hours are often the most enjoyable experience for guests as it breaks the ice between patrons, who otherwise may feel shy trying to interact.

INNdulge is just a short five-minute drive from the Greater Palm Springs area, which is a gay mecca with lots of bars and clubs to sink your teeth into.

The rooms here are spacious and comfortable. If it weren’t for the erotic artwork on the walls, we’d say it was the kind of room your mum would approve of!

Prices at INNdulge start from $197 per night:


10

Stowaway

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Stowaway is a charming gay guesthouse in the well-known gay destination of Provincetown

In a nutshell


  • Gay owned guesthouse
  • Everyone is welcomed
  • Close to beach and market
  • Free bikes for exploring

A charming gay guesthouse located in the gay-friendly Provincetown, a place famous for its fabulous beaches, artistic spirit, and its large LGBTQ community – sounds like heaven to us!

Stowaway welcomes all, gay or straight! They stress that those staying here need to stay open-minded and accepting of all too. This is made apparent from the numerous Pride flags they proudly fly from their rafters.

Outside, there is a generous amount of space for guests to hang out and relax. Lay back in the hot tub or sauna and take a simple stroll through the lush gardens. Inside, there are two lounge areas for you to have some prime ‘me’ time. The beach is less than 250 feet away for those who fancy a splash in the sea or some sunbathing.

There are just 6 guest rooms, all of which are super luxurious, containing an ensuite and TV (preloaded with Netflix and HBO access). Those staying on the second floor will also have their own private balcony.

Prices at Stowaway start from $325 per night:


11

Vista Grande Resort

Palm Springs, California

Vista Grande Resort is one of the best gay resorts in Palm Springs with beautiful gardens and even a waterfall

In a nutshell


  • Lavish Clothing-optional gay resort
  • Centered in the Warm Sands district
  • 2 swimming pools and a 16-person spa
  • Lush and relaxing gardens

Vista Grande is a lavish gay resort, with cascading waterfalls, exquisite gardens, and an enchanting lagoon. The breathtaking San Jacinto mountains serve as an ever-present backdrop to the stunning scenery.

Standard rooms are modestly decorated, comfortably spacious, and affordable. If you opt for a suite, you’ll enjoy artistic design, living room and kitchen area, with breakfast delivered to your door each morning.

Explore the fabulous spa area, steam room and hot tub. The gay owned property also contains two swimming pools, each heated to a lovely 90 degrees. For meals, there is a charming dining hall, where you can get a continental breakfast each morning. Clothing is optional throughout the resort, adding to the natural aesthetic.

It’s based near the Warm Sands district, where a short cab ride will take you to lots of gay clubs, bars, shops, and restaurants. The staff are wonderful and attentive, with many guests opting to extend their stay due to the kind and caring nature of the team.

Prices at Vista Grande Resort start from $163 per night:


12

Hotel Gaythering

Miami, Florida

Hotel Gaythering is the coolest gay exclusive hotel in Miami with an incredible spa

In a nutshell


  • Clothing-optional spa with steam room, sauna and hot tub
  • Karaoke, trivia games, and bingo night
  • Free shuttle bus trips to gay nude beach spots
  • Free bikes available too

With vintage-inspired décor, some pretty racy events, and party spirit, Hotel Gaythering is what you get if the contents within a gay man’s head exploded onto a building. This is also our favorite gay hotel in Miami.

Hotel Gaythering is perfect for everyone, even LGBTQ travelers on a budget as they offer shared accommodation, complete with a 64 sq. ft private unit with partition walls. They describe this as the ‘anti-hostel’ option as it saves you money on where you sleep, whilst still allowing you access to all the amenities. Those who are happy to splurge a little can still enjoy being in the lap of luxury with the suite options, with super handsome king-sized beds and flat-screen TVs.

The sauna and steam room areas are where you can meet fellow guests, with most men taking full advantage of the clothing-optional policy! They also host regular karaoke and trivia game nights in the bar, often hosted by local drag queen legends. The Happy Hours take place from 5 pm each evening, with discounted drinks.

In terms of location, Hotel Gaythering is right in the heart of the gay scene of Miami and a good 20 minute walk to the main gay beach of Miami on 12th Street. The hotel also organizes free shuttle bus trips to Haulover Beach – one of Florida's most famous gay nudist beaches.

Prices at Hotel Gaythering start from $153 per night:

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practiced as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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