White Party Week Miami Planning Guide

By @ 10/27/13 in Correspondent, David DiGiacomo, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Jace Harper

Jace Harper

The annual White Party Week Miami (November 27-December 2) is fast approaching. ManAboutWorld correspondent David DiGiacomo is a regular attendee. He brings us this update and his top 8 insider tips for navigating this incredibly fun event. Before you go, be sure to download ManAboutWorld’s Miami Guide (in the January/February 2013 issue).

Frank Wagner, a successful gay businessman, created South Beach Miami’s White party week for Health Crisis Network a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS service organization in 1985. White party week is a series of fund raising parties leading up the main even “White Party.” benefitting Care Resource (http://www.whiteparty.org/events). White party raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for Care Resource (careresource.org .)Partying to help our community? What can be better then that! It is not too late to get tickets for these events though unfortunately the host hotel National Hotel is sold out! Tips:

  1. Get the VIP event pass! It includes open bar and with the price of the drinks at these events it practically pays for itself. Do this ASAP the 4 and 5 day VIP passes are already sold out! This pass as well as other ticket options and event info can be found at whiteparty.org
  2. Purchase a round trip shuttle pass, which takes you from the host hotel (National Hotel) to and from the parties. Some of the parties are a little too far to walk especially the Friday night party at Space (downtown Miami).It will be less expensive then taking a cab! Bonus, the shuttle is a great place to meet cute guys!!
  3. Since National Hotel is no longer and option (sold out) check out Dreams hotel south beach, 11th and Collins, it is centrally located and close to the gay beach.
  4. Check with your tax preparer/accountant since profits go to a charity organization you may be able to write off your party tickets.
  5. Make sure to pack your suitcase up early Monday before going out since there is a party after Swan Song(Twist) at Mekka Monday night, check out is usually at 11am if your leaving Tuesday and you may be stumbling back to the hotel around that time!
  6. The gay beach is at 12th st and is definitely the place to be during the day(speedos are the norm) except for Saturday when there is a pool party at National hotel. 12th st beach is also where the muscle beach party will be held on Sunday.
  7. Palace bar located on 12th and ocean(Gay beach) is a great place to grab a drink when it gets too hot on the beach and is also where tea will be held after Muscle Beach Party. Get there early for Tea, its not a big place and will get VERY crowded.
  8. Not a gay bar but I personally always pop into Wet Willies (760 ocean drive) they have literally hundreds of flavors of slushes made with grain alcohol. They definitely hit the spot on a hot day, but be weary they will sneak up on you! The food is decent also.


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