Let's say you're headed to Florida and sunbathing is top on your list...sunbathing without clothing, that is. The Central Florida Naturist group can help you learn more about the latest laws and regulations concerning nudism if you are heading to Florida's beaches.
Central Florida Naturists
Headquartered in Orlando, the Central Florida Naturists is a local watchdog group that remains current on legal code regarding going nude, especially as it pertains to Central Florida's unofficial nude beaches, Apollo Beach and Playalinda Beach, located along the Canaveral National Seashore in Brevard County.
Central Florida Naturists, formerly known as the Space Coast Naturists, was founded in 1992 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of clothing optional beaches in Central Florida.
What Does the Law Say?
Here is what the Florida courts have decided about going nude in the Sunshine State according to Florida Statute 800.03.
It shall be unlawful for any person to expose or exhibit his sexual organs in any public place or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or so to expose or exhibit his person in such place, or to go or to be naked in such place. Provided, however, this section shall not be construed to prohibit the exposure of such or the person in any place provided or set apart for that purpose.
The Florida Supreme Court and lower courts have repeatedly ruled that mere nudity (as in sunbathing and skinny-dipping) is not in violation of this law.
About the Naturist Movement
Naturism is also sometimes called clothing-optional, skinny-dipping, nudism, or clothes-free. Naturists participate in non-sexual social activities wearing their "birthday suits."
Naturism is formally defined as “a lifestyle in harmony with nature expressed through social nudity and characterized by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment,” according to the International Naturism Federation.
More Naturist Organizations in Florida
Bare Buns Bikers: If you love riding and you enjoy the nudist life, or you love one or the other and are interested in mixing the two, then the veteran owned and operated nudist bike organization, Bare Buns Bikers, is for you. The organization is a member of the American Association for Nude Recreation and The Naturist Society.
Sanibel Naturists—Southwest Florida's largest nudist club was founded in 1983. It was a charter member of the American Association for Nude Recreation and is associated with The Naturist Society. The club is privately owned and has beach parties at a private beach several times a year and organizes trips to other nudist resorts or nude beaches.
The Island Group is the longest running nudist club in Florida founded in 1948. The club operates a non-profit day resort, fully owned and operated by club members in Florida's Pasco County, which is colloquially considered “nudist country," not far from Tampa.