Number of rooms: 8 rooms & suites
Rate range: From $95 USD (per room per night)
Owned/Managed by: Coral Reef Guesthouse
Frank Hagerty and Bruce Simpson
Clientele: Exclusively Gay Men, Clothing Optional
Step through Coral Reef Guesthouse coral-pink doors into a private world. Drink in the turquoise waters of our sparkling pool and 12-man Jacuzzi, and the emerald greens of our lovingly-tended courtyard landscape. Scan our sun-drenched, clothing-optional patio, and mentally reserve a favorite lounge chair – maybe next to the guest who's smiling hello? Enter your clean, fresh, colorful room or suite, unpack, and feel the last of your tensions melt away.
From the moment you've arrived at Coral Reef Guesthouse, Meet The Innkeeper you know you're in for some friendly, relaxing, tropical fun. Your hosts, Frank and Bruce, have seen to it that Coral Reef offers everything you'd expect from comfortable, informal, and intimate gay accommodations. But it's their warm hospitality, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail that you'll feel and see in every corner, and that will make your stay truly a cut above. No wonder we're attracting discerning men from around the world!
Established in 1997, Coral Reef Guesthouse is located on a quiet street in upscale, residential Coral Ridge, near the Intracoastal Waterway. There is plentiful, designated free parking in front of the property. A ten-minute drive (or a little longer, on one of our complimentary bikes) takes you to gay Sebastian Street Beach or, in the other direction, the heart of gay Fort Lauderdale: Wilton Manors. There, on Wilton Drive, you can hobnob with the locals, while browsing a variety of gay bars, shops, and eateries.
A pleasant, ten-minute walk brings you to Fort Lauderdale’s acclaimed Galleria, with numerous restaurants and shops, as well as Saks, Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. Borders Books, with a waterfront café, is just as near and stays open late. Venture across the Middle River Bridge to the Gateway Shops, more restaurants, and the Gateway Theater, our local independent (gay) cinema.
Everything else you've come for – state parks, downtown shopping and dining, Las Olas and River Walk strolling, and a host of nighttime hotspots – is close, too. Thirty minutes will take you to the nude beach at Haulover Park, and 45 minutes, to the neon-lit shores of Miami's South Beach.
Our staff is your personal concierge: we're happy to give pointers, suggestions, and info about anything you might need. Find the latest local listings publications and travel magazines, along with a computer station and internet access, just off the pool area. That's next to the kitchen, where you can help yourself to light afternoon snacks, and a tasty, plentiful, continental breakfast.
Aren't you more relaxed just thinking about your visit? Come join the other men already charmed by Coral Reef's casual, attentive sophistication. We're here to help you make hot and happy memories, under the Florida sun and stars!
Coral Reef Guesthouse is located fifteen-to-twenty minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, in Coral Ridge, a peninsula which sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Middle River. We are on 13th Court, between Bayview Drive to the east and Middle River Drive to the west, seven blocks north of Sunrise Boulevard. Coral Reef are close to these common map landmarks: George English Park, Sunrise Bay, Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area, and the Galleria Mall.
From the Fort Lauderdale International Airport
Exit airport following US-1 North approximately 5 miles to the curving bend at "Sears Town". Stay right. US-1 (Federal Hwy) curves right (East) and becomes Sunrise Blvd (838). Stay in right-hand lane for one mile until you see signs indicating A1A-BEACHES (Sunrise Blvd-838 East). Pass the Gateway Theater, then 20th Avenue, then move toward the left lane. Cross over water (the Middle River); pass Borders Books on the right. At the Bayview Drive traffic light, turn left. Drive North on Bayview Drive, passing 12th Street, 12th Court, and 13th Street. 13th COURT is the next left. Coral Reef is the fourth building on the right (North) side of 13th Court; look for coral-colored double doors, at no. 2609. Designated parking spots are marked "Coral Reef". Use the phone at the gate to let the guys know you've arrived!
From The Florida Turnpike or I-95
Exit at Sunrise Blvd (838) East. Travel 1 mile from I-95 or 4 miles from Florida's Turnpike. You'll see signs indicating both Sunrise Blvd (838) and US1 (Federal Hwy) – they overlap (and are the same road) for a distance. Stay right, following signs/lanes marked A1A-BEACHES, 838/Sunrise Blvd East (do not take US1 south). Continue a mile until you pass the Gateway Theater, then 20th Avenue, then move toward the left lane. Cross over water (the Middle River); pass Borders Books on the right. At the Bayview Drive traffic light, turn left. Drive North on Bayview Drive, passing 12th Street, 12th Court, and 13th Street. 13th COURT is the next left. Coral Reef is the fourth building on the right (North) side of 13th Court; look for coral-colored double doors, at no. 2609. Designated parking spots are marked "Coral Reef". Use the phone at the gate to let know you've arrived!
From Miami International Airport:
Take I-95 North approximately 25 miles, past Davie Blvd (736), past Broward Blvd (842), to the next exit at Sunrise Blvd (838) East. Travel appx. 1 mile. You'll see signs indicating both Sunrise Blvd (838) and US1 (Federal Hwy) – they overlap (and are the same road) for a distance. Stay right, following signs/lanes marked A1A-BEACHES, 838/Sunrise Blvd East (do not take US1 south). Continue a mile until you pass the Gateway Theater, then 20th Avenue, then move toward the left lane. Cross over water (the Middle River); pass Borders Books on the right. At the Bayview Drive traffic light, turn left. Drive North on Bayview Drive, passing 12th Street, 12th Court, and 13th Street. 13th COURT is the next left. Coral Reef is the fourth building on the right (North) side of 13th Court; look for our coral-colored double doors, at no. 2609. Designated parking spots are marked "Coral Reef". Use the phone at the gate to let know you've arrived!
Coral Reef Amenities:
• Quiet, Central Location
• Heated Pool
• 12-Man Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Clothing Optional Environment
• Designated Free Parking
• Private Secure Grounds with Flowering Tropical Gardens
• Deluxe Continental Breakfast
• Daily Housekeeping
• Beach Towels
• Video and Reading Libraries
• Computer with Online Access
• Wireless Internet, Poolside and Pool-View Rooms
• Massage Services Available, Including Swedish and Sport
• Complimentary Bicycles
• GREEN HOPPER Electric-Shuttle Service
to/from Wilton Manors
Coral Reef eight, non-smoking rooms feature private bathrooms, and a breezy, bright, colorful style. Appointments include:
• Air Conditioning and Heat
• Cable TV with DVD/CD Players, and Radio
• Refrigerator or Full Kitchen
• Private Phone with Free Local Calls, Data Port and Voicemail
• Ceiling Fans
• Wooden Hangers
• Hair Dryers
• Iron with Full Size Ironing Board
• Luxurious Beach Towels
Standard Guest Room (104; 105)
Standard Queen Room, Nr.104
Tucked away along a semi-private garden walkway, this room, in canary green and yellow, features a Queen bed and dresser with an Arts & Crafts feel, new, tropical fabrics, and mini-refrigerator. There's a large, windowed bathroom with glassed-in tub-and-shower combo.
Standard Queen Room, Nr.105
Consider this end-room a hideaway, nestled off a corner of the pool area with a garden-walkway view through private, canopied windows. Stock up the mini-refrigerator, freshen up in the bright, windowed bathroom with roomy shower, and make yourself at home.
Deluxe Guest Room (101; 103; 107)
Deluxe King (Wireless Access), Nr.101
Water cascades soothingly outside this gracious end-unit room, with lush views of our pool, freshwater pond, and waterfall garden. Comfortable for a single night or for a longer respite, this room features a stately, dark-walnut King bed, a matching dresser with plentiful drawers, and a large closet with mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. A roomy, windowed bathroom, with deep tub-and-shower combo, add to the sense of space… and possibility!
Deluxe Queen (Wireless Access), Nr.103
This airy, poolside room features a bright, direct pool and Jacuzzi view; comfy, Queen bed and dresser with large mirror; mini-refrigerator; and white-tiled bathroom with glass-door shower.
Deluxe Queen (Wireless Access), Nr.107
With one of our best pool and Jacuzzi views, this generous deluxe room welcomes you with a four-poster Queen bed and sizeable matching dresser, a large, south-facing window, and a walk-in closet. Pluses include a comfy chair, mini-refrigerator, and light, windowed bathroom with full-size shower.
Studio Suite (102; 108)
Studio Queen (Wireless Access), Nr.102
Settle into this spacious poolside studio, with separate, open kitchen, including stove, oven, microwave, under-counter refrigerator, toaster, coffee-maker, and all the pots, pans, dishes and flatware you'll need! There's a counter with stools for sharing a snack, a cozy sitting area with sofa for lounging, and sliding doors which open onto a table and chairs just for you, along the rear garden walkway. Both the main sleeping area, and the windowed bathroom with shower, share a scenic pool and waterfall view. Topping things off are a large-scale Queen bed and matching dresser, a good-size closet, and recessed lighting throughout.
Studio/Two Double Beds (Wireless Access), Nr.108
Cheery yellow and coral complement this sunny end-unit studio with three, light and leafy exposures, including a wall of south-facing windows overlooking the pool and Jacuzzi. There's room to spread out, with two double beds and large matching dresser; a bright, white-tiled, windowed bathroom with shower; and a kitchenette with stove, oven, microwave, and mini-refrigerator, as well as pots, pans, and tableware: whip up something special for lunch or dinner! Off the dining area, a French door leads to a semi-private patio, with umbrella-shaded wrought-iron table and chairs, chaises for lounging, and a spacious garden environment, with your own gurgling fish pond. Settle in for an outdoor snooze, and evening’s adventure, or a long session with… your favorite book!
Elite Suite (106)
Elite King Suite (Wireless Access), Nr.106
Make Coral Reef a true home-away-from-home in this bright and airy, centrally-air-conditioned one-bedroom apartment, with a wall of south windows facing the pool and Jacuzzi. Invite friends into your living room, with its white-washed rattan furniture and fresh, tropical fabrics. The windowed dining area and kitchen lie beyond, with stove, oven, microwave, and side-by-side refrigerator – you'll find all the pots, pans, and tableware you need to be the host with the most!
Off the kitchen, relax in your ample, private courtyard with umbrella-shaded wrought-iron table and chairs, a couple of chaises for private sunning, and plenty of well-tended greenery all about.
The large, separate bedroom features a comfortable King bed, a pool and Jacuzzi view, walk-in closet, and cheery, windowed bathroom with full-size shower. It's definitely the Suite Life!
Meet the Innkeeper
For Bruce Simpson, running a guesthouse in Fort Lauderdale is a natural fit. It's the perfect opportunity to unite thirteen years of hospitality and corporate-events experience with a variety of personal passions — like meeting people from all over; working and living in a vibrant gay community; keeping up on design and landscaping (both at the guesthouse, and via local cultural institutions); and, of course, enjoying an active, outdoor life alongside a warm, blue ocean.
"I know what I like, when I travel", Bruce points out. He understands the importance of details and anticipates what people need to feel comfortable – hallmarks of a good host. And, he adds, "We have a great staff that enjoys being here as much as I do."
Count on Bruce to take a personal interest in your vacation, and to add a little more warmth to your already tropical visit.
Location: Coral Reef are on 13th Court, between Bayview Drive to the east and Middle River Drive to the west, seven blocks north of Sunrise Boulevard. Coral Reef are close to these common map landmarks: George English Park, Sunrise Bay, Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area, and the Galleria Mall.
Hotel facilities:Quiet, Central Location; Heated Pool; 12-Man Jacuzzi/Hot Tub; Clothing Optional Environment; Designated Free Parking; Private Secure Grounds with Flowering Tropical Gardens; Deluxe Continental Breakfast; Daily Housekeeping; Beach Towels; Video and Reading Libraries; Computer with Online Access; Wireless Internet, Poolside and Pool-View Rooms; Massage Services Available, Including Swedish and Sport; Complimentary Bicycles
Room facilities: Air Conditioning and Heat; Cable TV with DVD/CD Players, and Radio; Refrigerator or Full Kitchen; Private Phone with Free Local Calls, Data Port and Voicemail; Ceiling Fans; Wooden Hangers; Hair Dryers; Iron with Full Size Ironing Board; Luxurious Beach Towels