According to numerous travel publications, Haulover Park in Miami Beach, Florida, is one of the world's best nude beaches. First opened in 1948, Haulover Park seems to continue to impress naturists thanks to its beauty, location, and the laid back and fun atmosphere you'll find here.
Haulover became very popular as a clothing-optional beach when the revenue-hungry county looked the other way as they collected fees from naturists to use the beach. However, too little clothing became too much of an issue, and a reasonably fair solution was to limit clothing-optional access to the northernmost 800-yard stretch of the beach.
Haulover Beach Park is located in the 10800 block of Collins Avenue in North Miami Beach near Sunny Isles Causeway (SR #826) and Highway A1A, between lifeguard towers 12 and 16. The beach is open every day from sunrise to sunset, and the only fee you'll have to pay is five dollars for parking. Facilities include restrooms, showers, concessions, picnic tables, and lifeguards that are on duty while the park is open.
The History of Haulover Park
It is believed that Haulover got its name from an early fisherman in the area—a man named Baker—who would regularly "haul" his sponge boat from Biscayne Bay over the thickly wooded dunes to the ocean at this spot. Mention of "Baker's Haulover" appears on maps as early as 1823, and the practice of hauling over was passed along through later generations of fisherman.
One of two public beach parks in Miami-Dade County, Haulover Park includes 177 acres and 1.4 miles of beachfront. Originally acquired by the Dade County Commission in 1940, when it was called North Beach, construction wasn't completed on facilities until after World War II. Haulover Park was completed and renamed in January 1947 and opened to the public the following year in 1948.
However, the northern section of the beach wasn't designated as clothing optional until 1991, when a Dade County ordinance was signed to allow families to bare their skin. Unfortunately, Florida's state laws do not generally allow public nudity, so Haulover Beach remains one of the only places in Florida where beachgoers can sunbathe nude.
Activities and Things to Do
The north end of the beach that's designated for naturists has been partitioned off out of the view of families and others who do not wish to swim and sun without clothing. Haulover Beach is preferable to close-by Sunny Isles Beach because of its access, parking, expansiveness, and amenities. Go if you can overlook (and not be tempted to look over) at the buff crowd.
Along with picnic areas, restrooms, and lifeguards, Haulover Beach is full of amenities and things to do. The beach is ideal for surfing as well as swimming and laying out as well as enjoying a picnic, but it's important to note that all flotation devices have been banned from Miami-Dade County beaches since the early 2000s.
Cruising down the beach's bike path is another great way to spend a warm afternoon; Electribike Miami offers daily and weekly bicycle rentals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and can be found in the south picnic area adjacent to the bark park. Another popular activity you'll find at Haulover Beach is kite flying. Known as one of the best places in South Florida to fly a kite, Haulover Beach Park is also home to Skyward Kites, which has been in operation since the early 80s and has one of the largest collections of kites, windsocks, and wind spinners in Miami.
On Tuesdays, you can also attend the weekly Food Truck Roundup from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Bill Bird Marina, which features an assortment of local food truck vendors as well as live music and entertainment that's perfect for the whole family. However, pets and glass containers are prohibited from attending this event.
Additionally, fishing enthusiasts can cast a line in designated areas along Baker's Haulover Cut and the shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway on the bayside, but guests must have a valid Florida fishing license to fish and no fishing is allowed in the swimming areas.
Haulover Nude Beach Tips
- While there are no laws to prohibit cameras or electronics with camera capabilities, nude etiquette demands no pictures be taken without permission.
- Carry a towel (or two) to use when sitting in public areas, such as benches.
- Sexual activity and public displays of affection are strictly prohibited and enforced.
- Nude sunbathing is prohibited in any undesignated area of Haulover Beach
- Haulover Beach is a gay-friendly and adult-oriented beach, but families are welcome to use this stretch of designated clothing-optional beach, too.
- If you do bring children to the beach, be sure to explain proper etiquette for nude beachgoing and remind them not to stare at other guests.
- National Nude Week each July is a great time to celebrate naturism at Haulover Beach, and the park usually hosts a festival of some sort over the course of the week.
- Remember to pack extra-strength sunscreen, especially if you are not used to sunbathing in the nude; sensitive skin in your bikini area is more prone to sunburn that parts of your body regularly exposed to the sun.