For even the most relaxed of couples, weddings can become a stressful affair. In contrast, the honeymoon is truly magical and anxiety-free – all the paperwork and preparation is done, so now you can finally sit back and enjoy your new union.
If you’re a South Florida native, an LGBTQ honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale could be the perfect way to celebrate your marriage. Learn about the best Fort Lauderdale resorts and what to do in the city in this guide!
Where to Stay
Fort Lauderdale’s moderate weather is a goldmine for beach-loving visitors who don’t want to travel out of the country. It also happens to be home to some of the most eclectic, one-of-a-kind accommodations in Florida. Below are a few romantic hotels to consider for your LGBT Florida vacation.
When celebrating your LGBTQ honeymoon, there are many men-only hotels in Ft. Lauderdale. Get your gay on – completely free of judgment – at one of the following locations:
Pineapple Point Guest House & Resort
One option is the Pineapple Point Guest House and Resort, which is a luxurious tropical resort perfect for a male-exclusive gay Fort Lauderdale honeymoon. Each room boasts a charming nature-forward design with hints of art deco. Equipped with jacuzzis, hammocks, a massage studio, and stunning ocean views, this resort is the place to be!
Grand Resort & Spa
Among other famed Florida men-only hotels is the Grand Resort & Spa. Avid sunbathers will enjoy this Fort Lauderdale hotel, as its rooms are only a few steps away from the beach! Plus, guests won’t get better customer service anywhere else. Online reviews hail resort staff as highly attentive and prompt.
The Grand Resort’s penthouse room offers an unforgettable stay and many amenities for those with a low budget – including an ocean-view terrace and jacuzzi for an adults-only evening.
The Cabanas & Spa
Just down the road from The Grand Resort, The Cabanas & Spa is the only men-only spa and hotel in Wilton Manors. Because of its central location, this property is convenient for dining and shopping – everything is within walking distance.
The hotel has a European flair, and travelers can take advantage of its waterfront guest rooms. Athletic guests can even enjoy an afternoon at the Wilton Recreation Center’s tennis courts!
All-Gender Fort Lauderdale Honeymoon Resorts
If you or your partner don’t identify as male (or if you simply want more diverse accommodation), there are still plenty of other options for the rest of the LGBT alphabet.
Many romantic hotels in Fort Lauderdale such as B Ocean have much value to offer, regardless of your gender. Those open to non-male-exclusive South Florida beach hotels will enjoy B Ocean’s chic rooms and stunning beachside pool deck.
If you’re after something more luxurious, B Ocean’s deluxe rooms are equipped with cable TV, a coffee maker, WiFi, and more. You can even order breakfast in bed – no need to leave your room!
Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale beach
An on-the-beach resort, the Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach is perfect for honeymoons. Located near Las Olas and its fantastic venues, a room at this hotel is the best of both worlds – you can spend the day shopping or taking a dip by the pool while enjoying easy access to the city at night.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Finally, one of the most romantic hotels in Fort Lauderdale has to be the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. This luxurious accommodation boasts freshly renovated oceanside rooms, a memorable oceanfront dining experience, and thrilling water taxi rides.
Where to Eat
If your love language is food, there are a few restaurants in Fort Lauderdale that belong on your honeymoon to-do list. For other restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, check out our Where to Eat in South Florida Guide.
Take one look at this restaurant’s mouthwatering dishes, and you’ll understand exactly why we recommend Heritage. This upscale restaurant serves delectable Italian food, and the menu is rich with more delicious choices worth its prices.
The mushroom pizza and short rib panini are two of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, don’t worry – at this hip, modern, and romantic venue, there is something for everyone on its extensive menu. No wonder it proudly boasts a five-star rating!
If we had to describe Casablanca Cafe in one word, it would be “enchanting.” The building itself is a treasure, as it’s an authentic two-story Spanish-style home. Its feudal themes make it feel like you’re dining across the world, without the need to travel out of the country!
This Fort Lauderdale Beach restaurant is famed for its elegant entrees, such as Linguini Del Mar. If you’re a bigger fan of the land than the sea, you might love the Filet Mignon or Walnut Chicken.
Rosie’s Bar & Grill
Rosie’s Bar & Grill is ideal for those who want to enjoy a romantic meal over the finest cuts of meat. Here, you can proudly celebrate your marriage over a giant plate of wings without judgment and with total privacy.
If you’re feeling adventurous after your meal, take a stride down the promenade to catch an awe-inspiring drag show!
What to Do
Regardless of your preferences, there’s something for everyone in Fort Lauderdale! Try these activities to take your honeymoon to a new level.
Tropical Sailing: Cast Away the Day Sunset Cruise
If you enjoy watching sails flow in the wind as you take in the sunset, this upscale Ft. Lauderdale evening cruise is for you. It comes with an exciting view of the city beaches, a delectable champagne toast, and more.
Keen Fly Helicopter Tour
Taste of Las Olas Food Tour
Why not explore some of Fort Lauderdale’s best cuisine with a food tour? The Las Olas food tour is undoubtedly a memorable couples’ experience. Over a few hours, you can enjoy the taste of the sea and have an experience unlike any other!
A couples’ massage in Ft. Lauderdale can’t get more luxurious than at the W Hotel’s AWAY Spa. The acclaimed Ft. Lauderdale hotel has impressive amenities, and its fourth-floor location has a fantastic view of the pool below.
What to Bring on Your LGBTQ Honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale
No matter how well-equipped your hotel might be, you’ll want to come prepared. Consider packing these things with you when you travel:
Sand Free Beach Blanket
Though you’ll probably have resort chairs to lounge on by the pool while sipping daiquiris, you should still pack a beach blanket. After all, not every towel you find in your hotel room will be beach-friendly. Instead, this sand-free beach blanket folds up small and comes at a great price!
While you could enjoy a massage in the many resorts in Fort Lauderdale, there’s nothing like a massage from your new spouse. If you’re planning a romantic adults-only massage, be sure to pack some relaxing lavender massage oil.
If you want to show off your honeymoon to friends and family, having an action camera can come in handy. A waterproof design is a lifesaver if you plan to have many adventures in the ocean.
Towel Bandit Beach Towel Holder
Don’t you just hate it when your beach towel slips off your chair? You can “strap it on to keep it up” with this uniquely designed Towel Bandit beach towel holder. The convenient, stretchable straps will keep your towel snug on your chair while basking under the sun!
What Else You Should Know
As an oasis for LGBTQ couples, the Ft. Lauderdale area is one of few places you can celebrate your marriage without judgmental glares. With your peace of mind guaranteed, it’s not hard to make a honeymoon in Fort Lauderdale memorable.
Whether spending time together at a beach bar or participating in the area’s many adventures, you won’t be disappointed. You can make your Fort Lauderdale holiday even better by keeping these tips in mind:
- Research your destination: Before traveling to an unfamiliar place, gather as much information as possible. Find out what the weather will be like during your travel dates and pack accordingly. Don’t forget to read up on what guests have to say about the area, rooms, service, amenities, and other activities at your hotel.
- Shortlist several romantic hotels in Fort Lauderdale: You don’t want to book the first Fort Lauderdale hotel you find. Consider whether you prefer a view of the beaches, immediate access to the pool, or other in-room amenities. By knowing what you want – and doing your due diligence – you can perfectly tailor your holiday to your preferences.
- Don’t base your decision on price: Put your preferences first and budget second when deciding between romantic hotels in Ft. Lauderdale. While it can be tempting to base your decision on good deals, planning an activity-filled holiday you’ll never forget is more rewarding in the long run.
Book The Best Honeymoon Hotels In Ft. Lauderdale At Excellent Prices!
Ft. Lauderdale has no shortage of romantic hotels for your honeymoon – even as a member of the LGBTQ community. You won’t have any trouble finding a luxury hotel with stunning beach views, world-class service, delicious food, gay-friendly activities, and more!
If you’re having trouble picking just one option, explore our other guides on what to do, where to stay, and what to eat in South Florida.
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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, 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.