LGBTQ+ Friendly Travel Guide to Coral Gables, FL

LGBTQ+ Coral Gables FL
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Coral Gables, Florida, greets the LGBTQ+ traveler with a blend of subtropical allure and Mediterranean-inspired elegance. Here, you find more than just amazing architecture and tree-lined avenues, it’s where the gay community finds a warm welcome amidst the city’s chic charm. Combining culture, history, and a genuinely inclusive community, Coral Gables is a uniquely Floridian experience with a twist that resonates with queer travelers. Check out our guide to find the most welcoming places and LGBTQ+ friendly experiences in Coral Gables.

How to Get There: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Getting to Coral Gables, located in the Miami metropolitan area, is a unique travel situation as it doesn’t have its own airport, bus terminal, or train station. To reach this city, travelers must initially arrive in Miami, the heart of transport connectivity.

Planes: The primary airport serving Coral Gables is Miami International Airport (MIA), which is about 6 miles to the northeast. There are numerous domestic and international flights into and out of Miami.

Trains: Amtrak provides rail service to Miami, with the nearest station located about 5 miles from Coral Gables. From the station, you can take a taxi or rideshare service to Coral Gables.

Automobiles: Road trips are a great way to see the scenery and make stops along the way on your own schedule. Interstate highways such as I-95 and I-75 connect Florida to other cities and states,

Buses: Budget-friendly transportation that allows you to “leave the driving to us,” bus companies, including Greyhound, have service to Miami. The Miami bus station is located near downtown, where you can take local transit, a taxi, or rideshare to Coral Gables.

Cruise Ships: For those arriving by sea, the Port of Miami, one of the largest cruise ship ports in the world, is a short distance from Coral Gables. Travelers can transfer by taxi or rideshare.

How LGBTQ+ Welcoming Is Coral Gables

Coral Gables, with its close proximity to Miami, is a welcoming destination for the LGBTQ+ community. Here, inclusivity is part of the city’s fabric. From the cafes lining Miracle Mile to the ambience of the Venetian Pool, every space feels like an open invitation for all, regardless of who you love or how you identify. From bookstores that host queer authors to cafes where rainbow flags hang subtly in the window, the message is clear that all are welcome here. The city’s approach to gay friendliness is like its Spanish architecture, understated, elegant, and deeply ingrained.

Pride Events in Coral Gables

While Coral Gables doesn’t host its own pride festival or parade, you can check out all of the pride events near and around Coral Gables in our Miami Road Trip Guide.

History Of Coral Gables

Often referred to as “The City Beautiful,” Coral Gables was one of the first fully-planned communities in the United States, masterminded by George Edgar Merrick. Merrick envisioned a city inspired by the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, which is evident in its elegant stucco buildings, ornate plazas, and lushly landscaped avenues. The development of Coral Gables was part of the Florida land boom of the 1920s. Today, Coral Gables is a city of historic landmarks, cultural institutions, and a thriving business district, while still retaining its original grandeur envisioned by its founder.

Historic Coral Gables
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LGBTQ+ Friendly Places to Stay in Coral Gables

Quaint bed and breakfasts, cozy cottages, boutique or budget-friendly hotels, whatever accommodations suit your fancy, there are plenty of choices for the queer traveler. Check out some of our favorites. 

Loews Coral Gables Hotel – In the heart of Plaza Coral Gables, just four blocks from the iconic Miracle Mile, the Loews Coral Gables Hotel is a luxury stay experience. Guests can enjoy amenities like a spa, fitness center, and pool. Plus, its location makes it convenient for a bit of shopping or grabbing a bite nearby.​

Courtyard by Marriott Coral Gables – A great spot for exploring the area, close to local attractions and dining options, the Courtyard is located in the heart of the Historic District. The hotel offers a comfortable stay with all the necessary amenities, perfect for travelers looking for convenience.

Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables – The Biltmore in Coral Gables is a bit of an icon. Stepping into this place feels a bit like a walk back in time, with its classic style and grandeur. It’s a mix of old-school charm and modern comfort. If you’re into golf or spa days, this is the hotel for you.

Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables – Hotel Colonnade mixes up modern comfort with a touch of style. It’s smack in the middle of Coral Gables, so you’ve got easy access to local shops and eateries. The rooms are cozy, perfect for kicking back after a day out and about.

Recommended Restaurants In Coral Gables

With everything from classic American dishes to authentic international flavors, you can enjoy Italian, French, Asian, and Latin American foods, alongside seafood places and steakhouses. The dining scene has both casual and fine dining experiences, making it easy to find whatever you’re in the mood for in a dress up or dress down style.

Restaurants of Coral Gables
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Graziano’s – Bringing a taste of Argentina to Coral Gables, when you walk in to Graziano’s, you’re greeted by the sight of a fire pit and two large grills cooking up meat the Argentine way. The restaurant’s location near the business district means it’s always buzzing with activity.

Bulla Gastrobar – Bulla Gastro Pub is a local favorite downtown, and is known for its Spanish cuisine. Located near Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon, it’s a great place to enjoy authentic Spanish dishes and a laid-back, neighborhood atmosphere. 

Zitz Sum – Asian-inspired with a twist, and located in a historic building, Zitz Sum combines Japanese food with Italian ingredients and techniques, making for an unconventional dining experience. It’s a small, 30-seat restaurant with an intimate and inviting feel. 

Fiola – Fiola is upscale Italian dining at its finest. The restaurant has a sparkling interior with white tablecloths, dark hardwood floors, and an open kitchen. While it’s known for its seafood and raw bar, house made pastas and prime-cut steaks are also on the menu​​.

Things To Do & See In Coral Gables

Whatever you’re looking to do, you can find it in Coral Gables. You can explore art galleries, museums, parks, and botanical gardens. The city is loaded with Mediterranean Revival architecture that you can take in through walking tours. And, if you’re up for sporting activities, there’s bowling, golf, swimming, and boating. 

PinStripes – PinStripes is a fun spot where bowling and bocce meet great eats. You can hang out with friends as you roll strikes or toss bocce balls. The menu’s got a bit of everything, so there’s something for everyone. Go for the games and stay for the food and laughs.

Venetian Pool – Coral Gables’ historic swimming spot, is not your average pool. The Venetian Pool has waterfalls and caves, making it feel like a diving exploration. Great for a hot day, you can take a dip, lounge around, or just enjoy the sights. 

Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theater – From plays to musicals, the Actor’s Playhouse has a bit of everything. It’s a great spot, perfect for a night out enjoying some local talent. Plus, it’s right in the middle of town, so it’s easy to grab dinner or a drink.

Actor's Playhouse Coral Gables
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Coral Gables Trolley – When your feet have had enough walking, the Coral Gables Trolley is a convenient and fun way to get around town. It stops at all the major spots, and best of all, it’s free. Riding it is a great way to see the sights without having to worry about parking. 

Where To Shop & Stroll In Coral Gables

The shopping scene in Coral Gables is as relaxed as it is eclectic. You can wander from store to store, finding everything from local shops to popular retail outlets. The streets themselves are great to explore, with buildings of different architecture styles that make each turn a new discovery. 

The Miracle Mile The Miracle Mile is like Coral Gables’ own mini main street, lined with all kinds of shops and eateries. It’s a great place to window-shop, find a new outfit, or grab a bite. The whole area has a chill vibe, making it perfect for a relaxed day of shopping or strolling.

Coral Gables Farmers Market – This farmers market is a fun Saturday morning spot where you can grab fresh produce, tasty treats, and local crafts. It’s outdoors, so you get to enjoy the sunshine while you shop. Don’t miss the homemade goodies – they’re a must-try!

Shops at Merrick Park – The Shops at Merrick Park is an open-air mall, with a mix of high-end and everyday shops, so there’s something for every budget. Not up for shopping? Then, grab a coffee, sit by the fountain, or just walk around and check out the sights.

Alahambra Circle Coral Gables
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LGBTQ+ Friendly Bars, Clubs and Nightlife In Coral Gables

While most, if not all bars and clubs in Coral Gables are LGBTQ+ friendly, there are no exclusively gay bars here. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can head over to Miami. For the best LGBTQ+ nightlife there, check out The Best Gay Bars in Miami.

The Globe – On Saturday nights, The Globe is the place to be for jazz lovers. It showcases mainstream and Latin jazz, blues, reggae, afro-Cuban, and just about every genre in between. So, kick back with a drink, catch up with friends, and enjoy the laid-back yet upbeat, jazzy vibe.

Copper 29 – Known as the best bar and late night spot in Coral Gables, Copper 29 is located on the Miracle Mile. Enjoy craft cocktails, entertainment, dancing and live music. Be sure to check out their Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas and sangrias.

Annual Events and Festivals in Coral Gables

The season for street festivals peaks the first weekend in March, so plan your trip accordingly. From local arts to cultural celebrations, and everything in between, Coral Gables has a festival or event for everyone. Here are some of the best.

Beaux Arts Festival – Celebrating art that transforms the city into a colorful outdoor gallery, festival goers can explore artworks from paintings to sculptures by local artists.

Carnaval on the Mile – A music-filled street fair that takes over The Miracle Mile, the Carnaval is a celebration of all things Miami. It features live bands, art, kid’s activities, and food, giving you a taste of local culture and fun.

Tour of Kitchens – A different kind of event where you can peek into some of the most beautiful and well-designed kitchens in Coral Gables. This self-guided tour not only showcases amazing home designs but also treats you to food demonstrations and tastings.

Coral Gables: “The City Beautiful” Especially for the LGBTQ+ Community

For the LGBTQ+ traveler, Coral Gables embraces you with its laid-back, friendly attitude. You find that everyone is treated like they’re part of the neighborhood, as if to say, “When you’re here, you’re one of us.” As you get to know the city, you notice it’s the little things that make it special for the queer community. It’s where you can strike up a conversation with almost anyone and feel like you belong. People don’t just talk about being inclusive here, they live it. So, when you’re looking for a place where you can just be yourself and enjoy life, Coral Gables is worth a visit.

**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

Events are subject to change. Please check the events webpage for updates and schedules.

ChatGPT or another AI writing platform may have contributed to the writing of this article.

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