The Florida Region of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR-Florida), South Florida Free Beaches (SFFB), the Naturist Society (TNS) and individual Florida naturist activists have worked tirelessly over the last 50 years to expand the amount of public land in Florida that is available for clothing free recreation. Florida has long been known as the “Nudist Capital of North America”, with our high concentration of naturist clubs on the west coast of Florida, especially in Pasco County just north of Tampa. Added to that we now have four outstanding, fully recognized nudist beaches on the east coast of Florida, easily accessed from US 1 or Interstate I-95. To show how far we have progressed, Visit Florida, the tourism arm of the State of Florida now lists Top Nude Beaches and nudist resorts as destinations on their website and recently awarded AANR-Florida with a grant to create an electronic magazine promoting nude recreation in Florida.
It is important to note that these beaches are on public lands and are clothing optional. People from all walks of life, from all over the world, all races, ages and sizes frequent these locales to enjoy the sand, sea and sun. Acceptance is the standard among naturists. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited in most areas. Clean up you trash, take out what you bring in or use the trash containers provided nearby. Do not take photographs without prior permission. These are family beaches and lewd or lascivious behavior is prohibited and will not be tolerated by local authorities. While nudity is fine on the sand, please dress before returning to your car or going to the restrooms in the parking lots.
There are many beaches throughout Florida where locals may on occasion go nude. Unfortunately, many of these areas not officially sanctioned by authorities and if caught you may be cited for indecent exposure. The four beaches that I will discuss here are all officially sanctioned and as long as your behavior is appropriate you can go clothing free without fear of arrest or harassment by authorities.
South Florida is the home of Haulover Beach in North Miami at 1800 Collins Ave. Haulover is the granddaddy of clothing free beaches in Florida. Through the hard work of South Florida Free Beaches and The Florida Naturist Association, Haulover was founded in 1991. The nude portion of the beach is a .4 mile stretch of beach in the north section of the park. While compact the nudist beach attracts 75% 0f the visitors to Haulover Beach Park. The park is owned by the county and there is a $6.00 daily use fee, a dollar of which is donated to support the nudist beach. On a beautiful sunny weekend over 7,000 naturists may visit the beach. The beach is wide and can easily accommodate the crowds. Amenities such as a food truck, chair rental, lifeguards, security, showers and bathrooms are available.
In addition, Haulover prides itself on it’s Beach Ambassador Program. Beach Ambassadors are nudist volunteers who are trained to interface with naturists, lifeguards, police and park personal to maintain a safe environment for all on the beach.
Most nude beaches in the USA are in remote areas, sometimes difficult to access. Haulover is right in the metro area, off of a main thoroughfare, a short distance from hotels and restaurants. Haulover is rated as the top nudist beach destination in the USA and is listed in the top 10 nudist beaches in the world by numerous travel publications such as Trip Advisor and the Travel Channel. The weather is usually picture- perfect year around for nude sun bathing.
Blind Creek Beach
Next let’s head north to Ft. Pierce the home of Florida’s newest clothing optional beach Blind Creek at 5460 South Ocean Drive. Blind Creek is only 4 years old and was the dream of a few local Treasure Coast Naturists. The beach has been rated 4 ½ stars by Trip Advisor and is three miles long, possibly the longest nudist beach in North America. Compared to Haulover it is quiet and pristine, ospreys soar and sea turtles occasionally waddle ashore. It is perfect for walking, shell collecting, sunbathing, swimming, surfing and fishing. Ample parking is free, adjacent to the walk over that leads directly to the beach. On busy weekends there may be a food truck in the parking lot selling goodies. Porta-a-toilets are available in the parking area courtesy of the Treasure Coast Naturists and The Friends of Blind Creek Beach. Yoga classes are held weekly on Saturday mornings. On a busy sunny week end you might find 300-500 naturists enjoying the beach. It never feels crowded. It is protected by the sheriff’s department with frequent patrols and occasional visits by county park’s employees. Treasure Coast Naturists also maintain a Beach Ambassador Program active mostly on Saturday and Sunday. The beach is about 6 miles south of Ft Pierce Inlet where you will find accommodations and restaurants. Check out Treasure Coast Naturists web site for additional information and Blind Creek’s page on Facebook.
Further north in Titusville we come to the southern end of the Cape Canaveral National Seashore. The clothing optional beach is located adjacent to parking lot 13. Newly posted signs lead directly to the naturist beach. The park is located on a barrier island and it was created by an Act of Congress on January 3, 1975. Since ancient times this sliver of land has provided sanctuary to both people and wildlife. Local Native Americans skinny dipped in this area over a 10000 years ago. This is the longest piece of undeveloped sea coast (25 miles) in Florida with over 1000 plant species and 310 species of birds, many of which are endangered. Fortunately, with federal protection it will remain that way for years to come. The John F. Kennedy Space center is located at the southern end of the park. Playalinda Beach in the south has 13 parking lots.
In the northern segment of the park which is accessed through New Smyrna you will find Apollo Beach. Apollo has five parking lots and the clothing optional beach is 100 yards south of the beach ramp at parking lot 5. Signs are also posted at this location. Pit toilets are available in both of the parking lots, the beach is patrolled on a frequent basis by the National Park Rangers and National Park employees. There are no restaurants or accommodations available within the National Seashore; however, they abound in Titusville and New Smyrna. These beaches like Blind Creek are more primitive and very suitable to walking, fishing, surfing, sun bathing and swimming.
So there you have it, these are the four gems of Florida, please come and enjoy them and everything else that Florida offers. Please use them gently and return often.