My gay Miami Beach: Facundo Yebne on Florida’s most fabulous city

I’ve lived here since… 2009. I moved to Miami Beach from Argentina so I could start developing my business, but the fun nightlife, amazing people, and the unique atmosphere that permeates Miami Beach were all factors that made it easier to call this incredible place my new home.

I’ve stayed because… I loved the idea of developing my business in a country were the conditions for a young entrepreneur were so much easier that in Argentina. The United States truly is a great place to plan, project, and grow.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Palace South Beach, where I spend most of my Sundays for brunch. I LOVE watching the drag show there, as it is one of the most unique shows in the world.

Miami Beach’s best building is undoubtedly… My Gay Suites, where we developed high quality condos with hotel services for our guests. I may be a bit biased, but the building itself is absolutely beautiful and it stands out amongst the rest of the Miami Beach skyline.

The most romantic place here… is the Beach, where if you’re a morning person you can see the one of the most beautiful sunrises anywhere. Or, if you like the sunset, you’ll see the most amazing one behind the skyline of Miami. It’s an incredible place to roll out a towel and just sit, listening to the surf and enjoying the company of whomever you’re with.

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For culture, you can’t miss… the City Sightseeing Miami tour, the company for whom we are developing a gay night tour that will be a must for gay tourists. Beside all the cultural and historic sites, you will be able to see the history of gay life in Miami Beach.

I shop at… The Shop on Washington Ave or Lincoln road. They have the most original clothes in Miami Beach, and the sales that they have are unbeatable. Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road are also just great places to take a stroll. They are filled with character, people, colors, and tons of shops where you can find pretty much anything you want.

For date night, I head to… Zuma in downtown. They have the best Japanese food in the world and an absolutely incredible atmosphere! Or, if I don’t want to leave the beach, Mr. Chow is another amazing (and authentic) Chinese food spot right next to the beach.

For a day trip, I head to… I’m always partial to visiting Fort Lauderdale, where I can stay at one of the many gay hotels that they have. My favorites are The Royal Palm, The Grand and Pineapple Point.

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Miami Beach’s best-kept secret is… The Cabaret South Beach, a piano bar where all the servers and barmen are amazing singers, and you never stop admiring their talent. It’s a hidden gem that you might have to ask someone about to find, but definitely is an experience you can’t miss.

I’d take a Miami Beach virgin to… the Palace on Sunday for Brunch at 2pm, and then to the Gay Beach right across Ocean Drive. Both exude the spirit of Miami Beach and have extremely unique ambience that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

For a cheap eat I head to… Manolos, an Argentinean restaurant with a few locations, where portions are huge and the food is absolutely scrumptious!

LGBTI people in Miami Beach always look forward to… Winter Party and Gay Pride Miami Beach, the two major events that happen in March and April, where the city is flooded with locals and visitors from all over the world. This year for Gay Pride we had over 130000 people attend the festivities! It was a two-day free event on the beach, and My Gay Miami Beach did its official launch with two roof top parties, a float and a booth at the festival on the Beach. It’s an amazing time each and every year, and certainly is one of the high points of the year in the LGBTI community!

Facundo Yebne is the CEO of gay travel company My Gay Miami Beach. For more information, visit the official website by clicking here.