Swinging Through South Florida's Underground Sex Clubs

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's 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.

Club Hedonism in Pompano Beach can be easy to miss. From the outside, it's just an unmarked black door at the end of a suburban strip mall.
Candace West
Club Hedonism in Pompano Beach can be easy to miss. From the outside, it's just an unmarked black door at the end of a suburban strip mall.
Alan Mostow, co-owner of Trapeze, the biggest and best-known swingers' club in the country.
Candace West
Alan Mostow, co-owner of Trapeze, the biggest and best-known swingers' club in the country.

Soon enough, though, they're 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 the 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Like most of the people contacted for this article, Susan asked that her last name not be published for fear that tales of her exploits might make it back to neighbors and coworkers. 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 the 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." 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 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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21 comments
longtrail60
longtrail60

I have been to swingers club if you don't have a lady with you single guys don't have much of a chance

bigjuicy720
bigjuicy720

So how do I find these clubs and are they all swingers clubs or is there a sex club for just a single guy wanting to fuck

lizlovesmail
lizlovesmail

Club Secret in Kissimmee Florida is definitely worth checking out. 2 dance floors, lounge area, massive playrooms, midnight pool party's, full bar and best of all no reason to drive home. Club Secretalso has an adjoining 135 room hotel so the party can continue! 

Book your stay and cum & play with some of Central Florida's hottest swingers!!!

lrsenne07
lrsenne07

What I would like to know is if this "lifestyle" is supposed to be so great than why do these people not come out and say who they really are?  Why all the secrecy?  Sorry I don't buy into it.

Swinglifestyle
Swinglifestyle

Multiple clubs, great response, Keep swinging people

Frank and Jessica
Frank and Jessica

Club Hedonism is mediocre and tired.  We just stayed at the Seagate 2, at the Lorelei on 501 ORTON AVE.  It's a swinger hotel, swinger resort very close to the beach and all the night clubs.  We really enjoyed the nude sunbathing and nude swimming and we met some very hot couples who enjoyed swining and the lifestyle.  There was a great complimentary barbecue and a sex room, play room on premise.  The best part of our stay though was all the hot swinger couples we met and all the sexy single ladies who loved to have sex.  For women, it was a bisexual, lipstick lesbian paradise. We also enjoy the fact there were no SINGLE MALES!  That made our stay even ten times much better.  The Seagate in Fort Laudrdale is a great swinger, lifestyle vacation and if you have the chance check it out!

www.seagaters.com

Itzach Stern
Itzach Stern

I have heard that sex clubs and that awesome atmosphere and ambiance really captivated my thoughts and convinced me to go back again.

sumisa en madrid

dancilhoney
dancilhoney

From what we saw sex clubs madrid was cheaper than any other clubs but the club is really nice good music and an awesome set up! Will definitely back there again.

J45guitar
J45guitar

Never before has the phrase, "Oh, for cryin' out loud!" been more appropriate. 

hc
hc

my favorite part of this article is when the author tries his best to delicately describe a situation in which a woman on returning from the privy having just cleaned cum from her snatch finds her fat naked husband in the mist of what was most likely a drug induced pulmonary embolism, only to then describe this whole old, fat, white, republican, orgy scene (poor haitians cleaning white geezer spooch off of vinyl... gotta be some kinda fuckin' slavery) as a loving and nurturing place where people come together after a crisis. funniest part of the story. digging through trash receptacles full of cum and latex to find wedding bands is also pretty fuckin' funny and sums up the social as well as cultural ethos of south florida.

cheers to you sick motherfuckers. may the tides rise up and sweep you away.

Daughter
Daughter

Greetings Mr. Mooney,

I am emailing you today regarding the recent article you wrote on Trapeze. I am the daughter of Maurice, the main chef at Trapeze. When my father informed me that he was going to be interviewed by you, I was delighted at the prospect of reading this article because I knew that the focus would be in part on the quality of the food he prepares for Trapeze. While I can neither comment on the accuracy of your depiction of Trapeze nor your overall experience, I can affirmatively highlight a few unfortunate misstatements you made in the article particularly in your overemphasis of my father’s nationality rather than the quality of his food. In at least two occasions in your article, you described the main chef merely as the “Haitian man”. Rest assured, I have no issue with you identifying him as Haitian because after all we are proud Haitians. However, it saddens me that you chose to accentuate that particular fact over his actual role at Trapeze. Many who have frequented Trapeze can attest to the fact that Maurice is an exceptional chef with over 15 years of experience. Accordingly, any reference to him in your article should have focused more on the quality of his food not merely on his nationality. What relevance does his nationality have to do with his job as a chef? He neither cooks nor specializes in Haitian food. I am certain you would not find it necessary to repeatedly remind the readers of the Chef’s nationality if he were of a different background. Hence, such reiteration provides room for other inferences, which I am sure was not the intent of this article. As a lawyer in training, I believe that we have long past those days where one’s nationality or background can overshadow the product of one’s skills. I will not speculate as to why you chose to highlight my father’s nationality, but a reasonable mind may infer that it was for negative implication. Personally, I would have loved to keep this article as a memory of the first time my father’s name ever mentioned as a Chef, but I regretfully have to defer it for another occasion where my father is not turned into a non-descript caricature.

Now, with respect to the demographic of the Trapeze’s Kitchen and Cleaning employees, you inaccurately dubbed most of them as Haitians. Not True. You will find that Trapeze is a very diverse workplace where the employees are from various racial and ethnic backgrounds: Whites, Hispanics, African Americans, and yes a few Haitians. Again, I am puzzled by the excessive emphasis on “Haitian” and this behooves me to question the underlining message of this article. Sincerely,

Trapeze Management
Trapeze Management

Thanks so much for covering the lifestyle in this edition of the paper. We are aware some time has passed since the writer visited and just wanted to update that while the condoms on the floor would signal to some that this was one hell of a party, it sounds gross. We have since corrected the problem and invite you to come check out the cleanliness of our back room, if you can take your eyes off of all of the hotness surrounding you that is.

Android Phones
Android Phones

Swinging is a dangerous lifestyle. Sexually transmitted diseases are on the high.

HankyShanky
HankyShanky

Great depiction of both the fun and the dangers of "the lifestyle." Swinging is like any other part of life. Alot of great people and a lot of annoying assholes too.

Craig
Craig

well sign me up

lrsenne07
lrsenne07

@hc AMEN.  Sick people if you ask me.  That is why they hide behind only their first names.  If you are so proud, then say it loud!

bigjuicy720
bigjuicy720

I hate pple who get pissed over a racial remark fuck race shit i don't believe in races

lrsenne07
lrsenne07

@Android Phones I couldn't agree more.  My "ex" tried to recruit me to this garbage a few years ago.  I did not know he was a swinger, but had met many of his creepy friends.  None of them had anything going on for them and they all just seemed to be a bunch of sex addicts.  The fact that people try to normalize this "lifestyle" is sick.  Needless to say I did not stick around..

 
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