Quick Travel Guide: Gay Key West

Key West is just one of those places where anyone can feel comfortable at home. Historically, the island has always been rather open-minded providing an escape for the LGBT community. Ernest Hemingway famously frequented the island and in its glory days, it was quite the place to go for our community. So what makes gay Key West special?

These days, it is still a bastion of gay culture. However, the general opinion about the island is that it is the getaway place for the older gay community. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me they feel like Key West is for older gay people. In reality, it still welcomes a vibrant and diverse group of people each year to enjoy its laid back atmosphere.

The island offers a number of excellent accommodations ranging from your typical high-end hotels to your smaller, more intimate (and sometimes clothing-optional) boutique guesthouses. There is plenty to do on the island from restaurants, to shopping, to museums, to bars and nightclubs.

While we stayed in Key West, I never felt the need to put very many clothes on. In fact, as you walk down Duval Street, it’s common to see people in their bathing suits. The island is just that laid back…no judgement, no care.

Be sure to toast the sunset at least once as it’s possibly one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen. For your convenience, I’ve put together this list of places you may choose to visit after the sunset.

Have fun!

J Harvey

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In 1987, I was born. I'm, naturally, trying to figure it all out. I intend to enjoy every adventure on this journey and am always looking to the future to try to predict where I am headed...but mostly I just enjoy the ride. Photographer, business owner, entrepreneur, agronomist, "chef," uncle, and husband are all terms that describe me. - October 10, 2014: Marriage equality arrived in North Carolina (home). - November 26, 2014: My husband asked me to marry him. - June 26, 2015: Marriage equality granted to all US citizens by SCOTUS. - October 3, 2015: I married my husband. These three life changing events really influenced the creation of this blog. With the advance of LGBT equality in the United States and the world, people have questions. People want to know how, exactly, does a gay relationship work. Sure, there are plenty of stereotypes which provide unsubstantiated "truth," but I think it is vital people really understand that our lives, our relationships, our love is no different then their heterosexual counterparts. In other words, My Normal Gay Life is the chronicling of one normal individual's life (MINE!) who happens to be gay. I hope to demonstrate to the world that LGBT people are no different than heterosexual people. I'm just a normal person and I want my readers to understand my normal. About 90% of what I write is dedicated to travel because, frankly, travel is an important part of my life. The other 10% is focused on my relationship, friendships, career, business, art, sex, and troubles. But travel is definitely the most important part! Think of it as a continuous dribble of stuff that makes my life. I hope you enjoy the ride!

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