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.
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.
Just north of Clearwater is another small town called Dunedin. Like Gulfport, this small town has lots of LGBT-owned businesses. The town is well-known locally for it's craft beer scene, great restaurants and TD Ballpark, where the Toronto Blue Jays have their spring training.