Closed in by dramatic cliffs, this designated gay — yet “straight”-friendly — beach is secluded on the Dutch side of the island and is, shocker, clothing optional (not to be confused with Club Orient’s fully nudist beach community that plays towards ma and pa, though gays are welcome there, too). Flaunt your best assets and erase those tan lines by basking in the tropical sun in full glory. Cruising is not uncommon here, both of the piercing-gaze and sailboats-docking-close-for-snorkeling-trips variety. Although tawdry it’s not: Cupecoy is part of a burgeoning condo area where the massive Blue Mall is scheduled to open this year and a Christian Dior Spa already calls home, if that tells you how fancy this beachside ‘hood rolls.
Day: April 12, 2012
Last year, Miami Beach Gay Pride drew 35,000 people, making it the city’s largest single-day event. This year, organizers stretched the event out over a weekend, to accommodate the 60,000 people they expect to attend.
The fourth installment of the event will last four days, from Thursday to Sunday, April 12-15. From dance parties to finger foods to fireworks, the four days are packed with things to do and see. The entertainment ranges from music to spoken word, from kids’ corners to vodka specials.
And that’s the point: The Pride event is a family event, for the LGBT community and for its friends. “There’s sometimes a stigma that it’s all about shocking people — just boys in G-strings throwing beads. But Miami Pride has really evolved in a family-oriented event,” said Chad Richter, vice president of the Miami Beach Pride. “It’s really unveiled into a cultural event for children and families — and it’s free. We get all kind of spectators — they get excited and wide-eyed, at how classy our Pride is.”