As the world waits for the Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality, South Florida has already been a place where committed couples of all kinds can find fun and acceptance in Key West. For the last several decades, Key West has been a prime destination for LGBT couples to celebrate their relationships, from new lovers to couples who have shared a life for decades.
This world-famous lesbian destination used to be, wait for it, a cigar factory. Now its open to straight couples as well, but Pearl’s is still thought of as a classic lesbian B&B. It’s also pet-friendly and green, and in 2010, Pearl’s Rainbow won a “Curvy Award” from Curve Magazine for the best lesbian-owned hotel.
Looking for a lesbian-owned and operated eco-friendly charter company? Look no further than Venus Charters, run by Captains Karen Luknes and Debra Butler. Venus Charters, established in 1997, features everything from daily dolphin watching and fishing charters, at-sea romantic LGBT commitment ceremonies (including up to four people). Pets are also welcome on board. Plus, if you catch your own fish, Karen or Debra will clean and filet your fish so that you can take it to a Key West restaurant.
Big Ruby’s Guesthouse
Gay and clothing optional, this resort is centrally located to Mallory Square and has won many travel awards. With a spa, pool, and sun yard, Big Ruby’s is only a few steps from the shops and local color of bustling Duval Street.
The Island House
Out Traveler called The Island House “the best gay resort in the world” and PlanetOut.com agreed that this laid-back and relaxed, classic resort is also clothing optional.