Summer in South Florida has already been a hot one, so you might as well view some eye candy and have some fun while you’re sizzling.

The organizers of Key West’s “Tropical Heat” event hope you agree. The event is in its sixth-year and is produced by the Key West Business Guild. 

Tropical Heat runs for a long weekend — from August 15 to August 19 — at several locations featuring many events designed to appeal to a variety of types and tastes.

“Tropical Heat features decadent diversions on both land and sea,” organizers said in a news release. “The roster includes themed pool parties, snorkel and sandbar cruises, appearances by entertainers and late-night gatherings at the island’s LGBTQ bars and nightclubs.”

The fun begins at 5 p.m. on August 15 with an official kick-off party at the Island House Resort, located at 1129 Fleming Street. The “Neon Party” will follow at 10 p.m. at the restaurant and bar Mangoes, located at 700 Duval Street.

Other events include:


August 16 

  • Clothing-optional pool party at the Equator Resort; noon, 822 Fleming Street.
  • Blackout Party at Saloon One, 10 p.m., 504 Petronia Street.

August 17

  • Afternoon pool party at the Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval Street.
  • Village People — Traffic Light dating party at Alexander’s Guesthouse, 1118 Fleming Street.
  • Glow Party at the Side Bar, 504 Angela Street.

August 18

  • 13th annual Toga Party with contests at the Equator Resort; 7 p.m.

August 19

  • Pool party at Island House, noon.
  • Traditional Tea Dance at LaTeDa; 4 p.m., 1125 Duval Street.

Closing events include dance parties at clubs in the “Pink Triangle,” an area of LGBTQ bars, entertainment clubs and shops around the 700 block of the renowned Duval Street. 

Tropical Heat all-access VIP passes are available for $99 each, or attendees can pay individual cover charges for specific events. 

More information, including VIP passes, is available at

The Key West Business Guild also produces “Follies,” “Pride,” “Womanfest,” and the “Headdress Ball.” Dan Skahen is the executive director.

The nonprofit KWBG is devoted to “promoting Key West to LGBTA travelers.” The organization’s work helps to attract about 250,000 LGBTA travelers annually, earning Key West the “well-deserved reputation as one of the most appealing gay-friendly destinations in the world.”