With its perennially perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index, one might consider the whole city of St. Pete a gayborhood – but some neighborhoods stand out for being historically LGBTQ+ enclaves. These include the Grand Central District, which stretches along Central Avenue between 16th and 31st streets and is lined with fun boutiques, antiques shops, restaurants and bars – many of them LGBTQ+-owned.
Just to the north, Historic Kenwood is the area’s residential counterpart, where you’ll find at least one B&B catering to the LGBTQ+ community.
North of downtown, Historic Old Northeast is full of lovingly restored bungalows (alongside newer mansions), a few of which have been converted to places to stay. Here, you’ll also find coffee shops, restaurants and several waterfront parks.
Then there’s eclectic and super-LGBTQ-friendly Gulfport, a laid-back waterfront community where you can check out local art at galleries and events, join a game of pickup beach volleyball or sip a margarita at a spot overlooking Boca Ciega Bay.