Thinking about "Moving to Tampa Gay" but want to learn more about the different gayboRhoods the Tampa Bay Area has to offer
Hillsborough / Pasco
With over 6% of its population being LGBT, Tampa has a perfect score on HRC's Municipal Equality. In April 2019, Jane Castor was elected Tampa’s first openly gay mayor.
The GaYBOR District is a coalition of gay and gay-friendly businesses that began on the west end of Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood – is now a 10-year-old presence in this former cigar-rolling, Latin immigrant enclave. Dubbed the “LGBTA Main Street for The West Coast of Florida,” the 12-block area offers a fun mix of shops, bars and restaurants.
The Heights (Seminole Heights, Riverside Heights and Tampa Heights) are all gay-friendly hipster hoods in Tampa with historic bungalows, both large and small. South Tampa is a more upscale neighborhood and nearby Hyde Park, a small neighborhood with high-end bungalows. Downtown Tampa features swanky high-rise condos in Channelside, Harbor Island and upcoming “Water Street”. If you are more interested in new construction in the suburban areas of Tampa Bay, you may want to try Wesley Chapel in Pasco County or the more affordable of area of Riverview.
Advocate named Tampa the 19th gayest city in the US in 2017, Business Insider ranked it the 3rd gayest city for queer singles, and Tampa’s cost of living is 3% below the national average, and Tampa’s purchasing power is 22.7% higher than in NYC, making it an affordable and fun city.
“Senior Advice” ranked Tampa the #10 best city for LGBT people to retire in 2019. Assisted living costs are “low” compared to national figures, and home healthcare costs are “average”, while the overall cost of living is “low” compared to national averages.
Sunny Tampa is close to the popular beach towns of St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Dunedin.
The heart of LGBT St. Petersburg is the historic Grand Central District featuring more than 70 GLBT-friendly businesses, including antique stores, home décor galleries, salons, boutiques, bars and restaurants. The adjacent gayborhood is Kenwood, with its streets lined with Craftsmen-style cottages from the 1920s. Historic Old Northeast was the first developed in St. Petersburg. Many of those fine homes still stand today and provide a deep sense of history and pride for the area. Tropical Shores is a “hidden gem” of a neighborhood just off Old Southeast and is truly a treasure. This is the closest waterfront neighborhood to downtown.
St. Pete also is home to one of the West Coast’s premiere gay beaches, “Sunset Beach”. Located on the southern tip of St. Pete’s Treasure Island, among the string of barrier islands that extends along the Gulf of Mexico to the west of St. Petersburg, Sunset Beach is famous for its strip with beachfront bars and its Sunday beach parties.
St. Pete is much calmer than the party atmosphere of Miami. Stroll along the southern end of St. Pete Beach through the Pass-a-Grille area that stretches 22 blocks where the gay community hangs out. The charming island is also known for its white sand, pink shells, and humble attitude.
Gulfport is Tampa Bay’s "Gay Margaritaville", the ’burb of Gulfport is a bohemian village of pastel bungalows, artists, eclectic shops and outdoor cafes on the Boca Ciega Bay.
Charming and quaint, Dunedin is a historic, small town with a big-city mindset just north of Clearwater. Dunedin has a hip little downtown, a pedestrian-friendly “Main Street”, Scottish heritage and a gay nightlife destination that draws crowds.
Most of Tampa Bay's gay-friendly cities in Florida are quite diverse, and "transitional" neighborhoods can change dramatically in just a few short blocks. It would be wise to use a local LGBT REALTOR® to help you find your next home in just the right area for you!