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South Florida’s Best Nude Beaches

April 3, 2012 9:00 AM

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(Source: CBS)

(Source: CBS)

For some, it makes no sense to have sun, sand, and a bathing suit. If you’re among those who prefer to dispense with clothing when you head for the beach, South Florida offers some limited ways to enjoy that freedom, including the only official, legal, nude beach in the state of Florida.
haulover beach South Floridas Best Nude Beaches

(Source: CBS)

Haulover Beach

10800 Collins Avenue,
Miami, FL
(305) 947-3525
www.hauloverbeach.org

There is only one, official, legal, clothing-optional beach in the state of Florida, and this is it. The pristine white beach is among the best in South Florida, but only part of the mile-and-a-half stretch is set aside for those who prefer to sunbathe unclothed. That area, at the north part of the beach, is clearly marked to prevent people from being surprised by their neighbor on the sand disrobing. The entire beach is protected by lifeguards, and it also offers a host of amenities including various shaded picnic facilities, beautifully landscaped sand dunes, and concession stands. The beach is ideal for surfing as well as swimming.

south beach1 South Floridas Best Nude Beaches

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South Beach (Lummus Park)

Washington Av@11 St
Miami Beach, Fl.
(305) 673-7577
www.visitsouthbeachonline.com

When people think of Miami Beach, this is the beach that comes to mind. Located in the heart of South Beach nightlife, hotels, and clubs, this not an official clothing optional beach. However, the large number of European visitors has led to a high tolerance for topless sunbathing, so it’s not unusual to see bathers in various stages of undress on the sand and in the water. All-over nudity would likely get you in trouble, so be a bit discreet and you can likely come close to an overall tan. And who knows, with the high number of film and commercial shoots in South beach, the person on the sand next to you working on that tan might even be a supermodel.

hobe sound refuge South Floridas Best Nude Beaches

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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

13640 Southeast Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
(772) 546-6141
www.fws.gov/hobesound

Located on Jupiter Island about 90 minutes from Miami, Hobe Sound is a quiet beach enclave, home to the multi-million dollar homes of celebrities. Because of the type of neighborhood, Home Sound tends to be a bit more off the beaten path, and parts of the beach are secluded. While it’s not legal to disrobe here, naturists report discreet nude bathing is generally tolerated, especially in the area of the Wildlife Refuge. Even though Hobe is not officially designated as a nude beach, naturists can enjoy the island’s isolation in peace, provided they use the proper precautions.

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