I cannot think of a better place to start a cruise than on the south part of Miami Beach, known as "South Beach".
South Beach offers many gay/lesbian owned and operated guesthouses, all at an excellent value. Here you can feel free to be yourself. If you enjoy the beach, I would highly recommend the 12th street area, locally called " the gay beach on 12th". This area of Miami Beach offers a wonderful opportunity to just soak up the rays and enjoy the views of the many beautiful people on the shore, in the water, and rollerblading along the beach.
If you are the type that prefers to relax at a local cafe, and enjoy conversations with old friends and new acquaintances Ocean Drive (directly behind Miami Beach) is the place for you. The majority of these cafes are open air in quaint Art Deco styled buildings, some of which offer rooms to rent in addition to simply serving delicious food and beverages.
When the sun sets, the action begins, on several of South Beach's primary streets. The main streets that you will find the action on are Washington Street, and Collins Avenue. On one of these streets you are sure to find a bar or club to suit any interest. If you are looking to just walk and hold hands, Lincoln Road is the place for you. Lincoln Road offers a minimal amount of bars, and a few upscale indoor cafes as well as some great shopping.
Men, do not miss the following bars: "Score"; "Liquid"; "Twist"; and "The Laundry Bar" (here you can even clean your shorts while cruising).
Ladies, check out: "821" (on Lincoln Road) and Friday nights at "Splash" in South Miami.
For those of you men who are looking for something a little more on the wild side, don't miss "The Loading Zone" located on Alton Road.
Whatever you choose, I would recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights to experience this wonderful part of town.
Gay men can find more information of happening events at www.hotspotsmagazine.com, and Ladies, don't forget to get your copy of "The Fountain" once you arrive in South Beach.