South Florida sex clubs revealed

South Florida sex clubs revealed
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There's an unmarked black door at the end of a Pompano Beach strip mall, next to a laundromat and a dollar store and across the street from an Episcopal church. The only hint of what happens beyond the door is a worn sign leaning against a pole near the parking lot. It reads Club Hedo.

Just after 11 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a young couple — a broad-shouldered man in slacks and a petite blond in her mid-20s wearing a polka-dot dress — walks through the black door and into Club Hedonism. It's their first time here, and a few people stare as they amble past the pool table, wide-eyed and a bit nervous.

The clandestine club would fit right into a pleasant snapshot from 1978. There are a disco ball, a wooden bar adorned with Christmas lights, vinyl chairs situated around a few Formica tables, and a parquet dance floor replete with a single metal pole. The young couple sits down on a leather couch. A mix of recent pop songs and older disco plays to the 20 or so people — nearly all between 40 and 60 years old — scattered about the room.

One half of the Trapeze back room, where hundreds of people get naked together every weekend.
Candace West
One half of the Trapeze back room, where hundreds of people get naked together every weekend.
Alan Mostow, co-owner of Trapeze, the largest swingers' club in the nation.
Candace West
Alan Mostow, co-owner of Trapeze, the largest swingers' club in the nation.

Soon enough, though, the couple is invited to join a group of regulars — two men and three women — seated at a table. Susan, a tall, 49-year-old blond in a chiffon dress, locks eyes with the young lady in polka dots, takes her gently by the forearm, and guides her to a chair next to her own.

Like most of the people contacted for this article, Susan asked that her last name not be published for fear that tales of her exploits might make it back to neighbors and co-workers. By day, she's a Broward public school teacher, but on weekends, she puts on a little extra makeup, wears a slightly shorter dress, and comes to clubs like this.

"Are you new to the lifestyle?" Susan asks the couple.

"This is our first time here," the young blond woman says. "We went to another club once, but we didn't do anything."

Susan asks if they want anything to drink. "I have every kind of liquor here," she says. "What do you want?" She fetches two rum and Cokes and a tall, strong pink drink for herself.


The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University estimates that as many as 4 million Americans participate in some form of group sex or couple swapping. With its welcoming beaches, year-round sunshine, and fine appreciation for vices, South Florida has become a mecca of swinging in this country. Couples make sexual pilgrimages here from points all over the world. At least four different swinger cruises depart from South Florida every year. While swingers anywhere can connect through websites and classified ads, South Florida has five on-premises sex clubs (four in Broward, one in Miami-Dade, none in Palm Beach) catering to a variety of different lifestyles.

The owner of Club Hedonism is a large Italian man in his 60s named Franco Monte. He can be found striding through his club with purpose, wearing black slacks, a black shirt, and a thick gold chain. His employees are diligent, because they know he's a perfectionist, and they dare not upset him. Every inch of the club must be spotless. Every employee must embody a delicate blend of attentiveness and discretion. He says he wants people to think of his place as "the swingers' club where everybody knows your name." He wants it to be like Cheers — but where the characters have sex with one another.

And yet, Monte says, "It's about much more than the sex. People can have a few drinks and dance a little bit and get to know each other." Key to the experience, Monte says, is the anticipation of having sex. "A pleasure of the mind," he calls it.

Here's how it works at Hedonism — and the concept is similar at the other clubs:

It's a private, members-only establishment, thereby not subject to public indecency laws or liquor laws. Prices range for individuals and tourists, but local couples pay $100 for a one-year membership, plus an additional fee per visit ($50 on Fridays).

The club is divided into two parts. The front room serves as a nightclub. Guests bring their own alcohol, but mixers are provided, and bartenders make the drinks. There's a small buffet (complimentary with the price of admission) and a dance floor in front of a wall of mirrors.

Then there's a back section. Once visitors get comfortable, they generally move into this area, which is partitioned off into a maze of separate lounges. The "love parlor" has turquoise walls, a red pleather couch and chair, paintings that would not look out of place at your grandmother's house, and porn broadcast on a small TV mounted on the wall.

A massage room and "group playrooms" have industrial carpeting, more vinyl-covered tables and cushions, and sex toys. Walls painted back, white, and purple add a Gothic feel to some of the rooms. A "fantasy suite" includes six queen-sized mattresses. These rooms are where the orgies take place.

Unlike the other clubs in South Florida, which require guests to remove their clothing before going into "play areas," at Hedonism, you can undress — or not — whenever or wherever you like. Early in the night, the back area is quiet and empty. But by midnight, people have limbered up, and the hallways echo with a cacophony of guttural moans.

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fabio.murolo
fabio.murolo

Hi guys,

we agree with Kenny, the clubs in Florida are wonderful!

We met many couples on http://www.swingoo.com (social network totally free) and we came on holiday to Florida and visited many Club We had great days!

Kenny
Kenny

The clubs in Florida are wonderful! We live in Colorado and our home club is Scarlet Ranch. For those that don't understand our choices....sorry. We love life and a great part of our life is in the swinging lifestyle!

Happy Life!

Bill and Joanna
Bill and Joanna

We stayed at the Seagate Swinger Hotel in SOuth FLorida. , It is located at 501 Orton ave in Fort Lauderdale and we had a blast, couples only, adutls only, swinging, sex, and no single men! If you like hot couples and sexy single gals then this is the place for you,

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Luis Mendoza
Luis Mendoza

the only -people that probably would ;object to this are going to be [religious people! if they can be called people!! a better name would --monsters from the depths of [heelll!!!

Trapeze Club
Trapeze Club

I'm glad to see that so many people actually read the article but I think you guys are making assumptions about swingers and swingers clubs that simply aren't true.

Trapeze strives to be the cleanest and healthiest club around and if you read other reviews you'll find that our members are VERY satisfied with their experiences.

If you're interested in coming to the club or want to speak with someone more the atmosphere please feel free to reach out to me.

http://trapezeclub.com/fort-la...

KatieR
KatieR

Sorry, I don't know if I should feel turned on or sick to my stomach.

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Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs

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Guest
Guest

This story makes you people actually want to go to these places?!! Not me.

chicky
chicky

Trapeze must have paid the writer well

Just Curious
Just Curious

Which words did he twist, Anminny? Easy to stay anonymous and throw stones.

Anminny
Anminny

Michael J. Mooney is a scumbag! Nothing but a low life fucking asshole!

Anminny
Anminny

Michael J. Mooney is a bullshit writer who twist every word spoken to him.

Jessie
Jessie

This is hardly comprehensive coverage of swinging in South Florida without covering Miami Velvet. Especially considering it is the ONLY lifestyle club in Dade county.

Dixonpat2007
Dixonpat2007

You people are taking a slow stroll through hell wearing gasoline draws...Just plain SICK...

Raine
Raine

What I found amusing is how most of the people interviewed say they started in their late teens/20s and yet they look down on 20 year olds trying it out. How are they supposed to learn if they like it or not if they aren't allowed to try?

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MAKE MY DAY

Personally I don't give a shit what these people do - if they want to risk getting a painful and often embarrassing, incurable STD - then that is their affair - I live 2000 miles away from S. Florida so I feel pretty safe in my neck-of-the-woods, that I'm not going to meet up with any of these people and put myself at risk - any time in the rear future!! There is nothing like a monogamous relationship to stay clean from sexual diseases!! Maybe they can all join Charlie Sheen's "winners club"!! LOL!!

Bio
Bio

Bunch of pseudo-moral hypocrites post comments here.

Frankfone
Frankfone

Bunch of pseudo-moral hypocrites make comments here.

PJ
PJ

How many 49-year-old, tall blonde Broward public school teachers named Susan are there? I am pretty sure that, even without posting her last name, you just blew her cover. Nice one.

Svlad Cjelli
Svlad Cjelli

Broward County, South Florida..... I hope that whole state rots and falls off! Seriously, though, I have no problem with adults privately blah, blah, blah and whatever. But Florida sucks!

Rick Cain
Rick Cain

Well at least all those pervs are doing it to each other. Hopefully they will restrict their activities to their small inner circle.

Francksasser1
Francksasser1

So is this reportage about vice in south Florida, or advertising for specific sex clubs?? If it is the latter, then this taxpayer subsidized newspaper (all newspapers are now taxpayer subsidized) is owed a fee.

Fevryedyson79
Fevryedyson79

Why Haitian's Have to do with Sex Club That's white people Shit come on. Even though we black uneducated people but, we're not too educate for this kinds of things.

Herpes Helen
Herpes Helen

It's not the sex that worries me, it's the diseases. Asymptomatic herpes sufferers, for example, shed the virus 24/7. Then, HSV sufferers (whether or not genital warts show) are also ready to give others another "gift that keep on giving." The list of STDs goes on and on. As described in the article, there are bodily fluids all over Trampeze's back room, and those poor Haitian cleaners should be wearing proper Hazmat suits.

Pretending -- by the sin of STD-facts omission, as this article does -- that the sex-club goers are simply at play in different-themed venues is puerile reporting, much like discussing mammograms and never detailing the inherent radiation.

The REAL taboo in these clubs is not any sex act; rather, it is the free, out-in-the-open-club discussion that many of your fellow clubgoers are herpetic, for example, and not going to tell you.

Did the reporter query pharmacists in the area of each of these clubs to find out how many Valtrex prescriptions they fill in a month? No, that would take time...and the work of a professional journalist.

BTW, one SF reporter did so, interviewing one SF pharmacist whose store fills over 6,000 Valtrex prescriptions per month.

Enjoy the buffet!

IonOtter
IonOtter

I seriously hope that none of the fundies decide to search for this place and try to picket it, like they do in Arizona. So many people in this country want to shove a Bible in someone else's face, when they should be plopping their OWN face in the Bible.

Drew Vice
Drew Vice

very interesting and enjoyable article.

sullyp101
sullyp101

Were this a gay establishment, this would never have prompted an article.

swingergirl2
swingergirl2

My husband and I belong to a swingers club and it has a "No drugs" policy and if you get overly drunk and cant drive they call a taxi for you. No pressure, just fun. It's not for everybody but my husband and I have a great time there and back at home. We are in our 50's.

shelley
shelley

I would never feel secure enough with myself to do something like this, but for those of you who do, cool. Sounds like (mostly) a bunch of nice people who are into something different. I don't think we can condemn others' choices. There are plenty of horrible monogamous people, as I am sure there are plenty of good non-monogamous people. They're not hurting anyone, and everyone consents, so who cares?

Duke2000
Duke2000

no noubt there's plenty of coke too

guest
guest

Maybe the writer wasn't able to speak to Miami Velvet. Has there been review somewhere of Miami Velvet. We are thinking of going there.

Cherry
Cherry

Shows how ignorant you are! The people that frequent these clubs are at all levels of society. PTA moms, church goers, your neighbor and co-workers....open your eyes.....crawl out from under a rock......narrow minded judging people like you make me sick......

Finallywriting
Finallywriting

Actually, if you live down here, you know: there are probably hundreds.

Tego_centeno
Tego_centeno

why u saying that florida sucks please don't hate nor be a hyprocrite. this state is very sexual and have thousands of beautiful womens so that why there this kinda of clubs that u can explore ur fantasies.

MilitantRubberDucky
MilitantRubberDucky

So you get a check when people do a restaurant review, or report on a sports team? Please. Also, clearly it's an article on vices with local, relevant examples.

Guest
Guest

What???? First of all, you hardly made your point with all that borken speech and secondly you're obviously a racist to think that skin tone has anything to do with anything other than skin tone.

MilitantRubberDucky
MilitantRubberDucky

You are quite right about people being dishonest about STDs when they care more about sex than their sexual partner's health. That's why it is paramount to promote safe sex and education. Most of these people are not uneducated, though, they just make faulty decisions; they know about STDs and some of them are stupid enough to make the decision to take the risk.

IonOtter
IonOtter

Of course there is? And Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, LOTS of Mt. Dew and Cherrywine! Ever have a Cherrywine blowjob? YOWZA!

 
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