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5 amazing Miami beaches where you can enjoy a little bit of everything / GayCities Blog

5 amazing Miami beaches where you can enjoy a little

At this stage in 2020, we all deserve a getaway–or five!

With its palm-fringed beaches, art deco architecture, and sumptuous hotels, Greater Miami is the perfect getaway any time of year. The winter and spring months offer tropical warmth: the perfect, balmy respite to other parts of the frigid U.S.

Miami also offers choice, whether you’re looking for arts and culture, queer family-friendly outdoor adventures, high-end shopping or somewhere to frolic with your pooch.

Miami is also famed for its vibrant LGBTQ scene. Its LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach’s historic City Hall building is one of the very best in the country, and the destination’s festivals and parties draw visitors from around the world (pre-and post-pandemic).

Now is a particularly great time to plan a visit, as it offers special deals to lure back travelers as the world begins to open back up.

Check out some of our favorite beaches, beach walks, and parks in Miami.

1. Bark Beach at North Beach Oceanside Park

North Beach, Miami
North Beach (Photo: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com)

North Beach Oceanside Park is in the northern part of Miami Beach, from 79th to 87th Street.

It offers a chilled-out, low-key vibe, with the only sound being surf, seagulls, and pelicans. The park also offers plenty of picnic tables for you to safely enjoy takeout food from the local street vendors, with fresh seafood in abundance.

2. Hobie Island Beach Park

Hobie Island Beach Park, Miami
Hobie Island Beach Park (Photo: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com)

This one is great for dogs and owners who love to play together in the surf. Hobie Island Beach Park – also known as Windsurfer Beach – lies on the Rickenbacker Causeway, running from Miami to Virginia Key and not far from the Miami Seaquarium, which also deserves a visit, especially with kids in tow.

Hobie Island Beach Park offers kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboarding, all set against the panoramic (and Instagram-friendly) backdrop of downtown Miami on one side and the vast expanse of the Atlantic on the other. The water is shallow enough here to wade and play, yet another reason it’s popular with families.

3. 12th Street Beach

A rainbow flag over 12th Street Beach, Miami
12th Street Beach (Photo: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com)

12th Street Beach, in front of Lummus Park and Ocean Drive on South Beach, is loudly and proudly gay. Populated mostly by gay men, look for the rainbow flags by the lifeguard stations and you’ll know you have found your outdoor vacation home.

Traveling with kids? This part of South Beach has a reputation for those looking to party. If you want a quieter, LGBTQ family-friendly alternative, check out South Pointe Park Beach (with its play areas and dog park) or the beach at 20th Street.

4. Bal Harbour Beach

If the idea of designer living and upmarket shopping is your thing, head for Bal Harbour Village, at the northernmost end of Miami Beach island. The area is known for attracting the rich and famous with its luxury stores and five-star restaurants.

Bal Harbour Shops offers the likes of Versace, Chanel, Gucci, and Valentino, all spread around a restaurant-packed inner courtyard, with family favorites such as Bianco Gelato.

Bal Harbour’s pristine, white-sand beach is considerably quieter than South Beach and offers boardwalks for walkers and cyclists. The nearby Surfside Beach is another one popular with paddleboarders and kite surfers.

5. Beach Walk

This last recommendation is not a beach per se, but a paved walk that runs from South Pointe Park in Miami Beach’s southern tip, parallel to the ocean along South Beach, stretching north all the way through Bal Harbour and offers people-watching extravaganza.

Along the way, check out the outdoor muscle gym at Ninth Street. Take your pick from the restaurants along Ocean Drive like the Front Porch Café (a popular breakfast and brunch spot), and others such as Havana 1957, offering Cuban-inspired lunch boxes to enjoy outdoors on your journey through this urban beach paradise.

Kids will love the Willy Wonka-ish vibe of Ocean Drive’s Sugar Factory (while adults will appreciate its brasserie and candy-flavored cocktails).

20 Amazing chalets in Austria on Airbnb for your holiday

20 Amazing chalets in Austria on Airbnb for your holiday

Welcome to nature lovers paradise! This magical log cabin located at the edge of a forest creates a haven of tranquility and peace.

Wake up with the sound of the birds, chilling on the outside deck where you can hear the soothing sound of the small waterfall from below the house.

This rustic but modern chalet with a massive garden, where your dogs can run freely, offers all the comfort you need for a relaxing holiday.

A great starting point for nature walks, forest hikes, bike rides, fishing trips, and more. A trip to the Klopeiner See and the Wörthersee is a must!

Ellen DeGeneres thanks ‘amazing staff’ and fans for ‘sticking by’ her while accepting People’s Choice award

Ellen DeGeneres thanks 'amazing staff' and fans for 'sticking by'

Ellen DeGeneres has thanked her “amazing” fans and staff for standing by her after scandal enveloped her TV show.

The comic was forced to make drastic behind-the-scenes changes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sacking three key producers after a damning investigation exposed an alleged toxic work environment and a culture of fear and bullying.

Network executives were reported to have considered cancelling the show amid a stream of negative headlines, including many about DeGeneres – who was accused of being  “one of the meanest people alive” away from the cameras.

Talk show host says she ‘thanks staff for what they do every single day’.

Despite the controversy, the embattled host picked up the best daytime talk show award at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday (November 15), acknowledging the behind-the-scenes issues.

She said: “I am not only accepting this award for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make the show possible.

“They show up every single day, they give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time.”

DeGeneres continued: “I love them all, and I thank them for what they do every single day to help that show be the best that we try to make it every single day.

“I know this award comes from the people, and I say thank you to all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am and what this means to me, it’s more than I could possibly tell you, especially right now.”

She joked of the trophy at the socially-distanced ceremony: “I’m going to wipe it down with Lysol and then I’m going to put it on my shelf.”

Ellen DeGeneres used her show to address claims of bullying. 

In September, DeGeneres addressed the allegations head-on as her show returned from its summer break.

“Welcome to season 18 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show!” the 62-year-old said, ending a months-long silence.

“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.

“How was everybody’s summer? Good? Mine was great. Super terrific!”

Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Getty/Brooks Kraft)

DeGeneres continued: “Let’s get to it. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show, and then there was an investigation.

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

“I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

“The Amazing Randi,” gay magician and paranormal debunker, dead at 92 / Queerty

“The Amazing Randi,” gay magician and paranormal debunker, dead at

James Randi. Via Wikimedia Commons

James Randi–better known by the moniker “The Amazing Randi”–has died. He was 92 years old.

Randi rose to fame thanks to his frequent appearances on The Tonight Show where he performed magic opposite Johnny Carson. Randi also gained a reputation as a master illusionist through appearances on other television programs, including one notable instance where he stayed underwater in a swimming pool sealed in a coffin for 104 minutes, beating the previous record held by Harry Houdini.

Related: Wherein Canadian Magician James Randi, 81, Comes Out

Later in his career, Randi became something of a psychic buster, duplicating the supposed miracles of faith healers and other paranormal gurus. Notably, Randi debunked the “healings” of German televangelist Peter Popoff in 1986. Popoff claimed to have received personal information about his congregants sent by God. Randi showed a video on The Tonight Show of Popoff doing just that…while his wife fed him details via a hidden radio transmitter. The congregation had filled out prayer cards prior to the incident, which Popoff’s wife used to provide her husband with the information. Randi also had a longtime rivalry with Israeli psychic Uri Geller. Randi managed to duplicate Geller’s signature feat of bending spoons, and in one notable Tonight Show appearance, blocked Geller from performing any magic at all.

James Randi came out as gay in 2010, having been moved by the film Milk and the ongoing fight over marriage equality. “I’m gay,” he wrote on his blog. “From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much ‘gay’ about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror.”

He also revealed that he had been in a romantic relationship with his longtime assistant, Jose Alvarez, since 1986; the pair married in 2013.

Randi died of age-related causes October 20, 2020, having survived colorectal cancer and a stroke. For his contribution to entertainment–and to debunking charlatans–we will miss him.

10 Amazing national parks of Hungary. Which one is the best?

10 Amazing national parks of Hungary. Which one is the

The Balaton area in Hungary is well-known and well-visited by Hungarians, as well as tourists. Balaton Uplands National Park is the area on the North shore of Lake Balaton and it consists of 6 different landscape protection areas.

Some parts of this park have been called ‘the most beautiful landscape in Hungary’ by poets, painters, and writers.

In this park, you can find wetlands, grasslands, caves, and weird rock formations.

Of all the Hungarian National Parks, Balaton Uplands probably has the most diversity to offer for visitors. There’s a lot of things to see and do, like underground lakes, Little Balaton lake with all it’s wildlife, the Balaton wine region, castles on top of a lookout hill, …

Balaton Uplands National Park covers a diverse area of more than 570 square kilometers.