Topless and Nude Beaches in Miami

If you're planning on visiting Miami to explore one of its numerous beaches but are looking for a place where it's socially acceptable to go topless or nude, South Beach and the more southern beaches of Miami offer a safe place to wear your birthday suit.

Still, it's not technically legal to be nude on most beaches in Florida, so be careful if you're planning on going topless at any beach in Miami. You should also put back on your shirt before exiting the beach back onto public boardwalks or into restaurants and stores as most places have a zero-tolerance policy for nudity of any kind.

While many South Beach hotels also allow topless sunbathing by the pool, a few do not allow it. You can always ask the hotel about their policy. 

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    The Legal Grey Area of Going Topless in Miami

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    Being nude in Florida is not technically legal, except in designated nude areas. The official Florida state ruling on nudity in public places comes from State Statute 800.03, which states that a person cannot expose "sexual organ in any public place...in a vulgar or indecent manner." However, it also states that the statute "shall not be construed to prohibit the exposure of such or the person in any place provided or set apart for that purpose."

    What this means for the average hopeful nude beachgoer is that nudity in and of itself is not a violation of this statute—only vulgar, sexual acts are prohibited. The many cases that have been brought before the Florida Supreme Court and its lower courts have determined that nudity alone is not lewd, lascivious, or indecent exposure.

    So, although nudity is not technically legal on undesignated beaches in Florida, as long as you're not being vulgar in your naked state, law enforcement will not ticket you for deciding to go topless on one of Miami's many beaches. Still, you should always wear clothes when walking to and from the beach to avoid any unnecessary confrontation with law enforcement or offense to local residents and other tourists casually walking down the street. 

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    Haulover Beach

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    Completely nude sunbathing is allowed at only one beach in Miami. The North end of Haulover Beach is Florida's only legal “clothing-optional” stretch of beach—so if you truly want to avoid any tan lines, then this is the place to go. When visiting Haulover, make sure you are in the section that allows nudity, as there is another section that does not.

    The four-tenths of a mile stretch of beach that serves as the clothing-optional portion is located at the north end of Haulover Beach Park but plays host to over 70 percent of the beach's visitors, pulling in up to 7,000 people on the busiest and brightest days of summer.

    With plenty of nearby accommodations and dining establishments centering your trip to Miami around Haulover's nude beach is a worthwhile endeavor if you want to experience a more clothing-optional vacation.

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    Other Topless-Friendly Beaches Near Miami

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    Toplessness is generally accepted around Miami and as far north as Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, but Fort Lauderdale frowns on the practice in general. In Miami, South Beach attracts visitors from around the world—especially Europe—and these tourists bring a culture of acceptance toward exposed breasts.

    Both Miami and South Beach allow toplessness, but they are also both kid-friendly beaches so full nudity is discouraged. The very top of North Beach is also extremely friendly toward toplessness and is more quiet and secluded than the more popular south beaches.​

    When it comes to taking your top off on the beaches of Miami, a general rule of thumb is to look around and see what other people are doing. If you see a few people without tops, you'll know that no one really minds if you take yours off as well.

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    Hotels and Pools That Allow Toplessness

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    Hotel Victor, the Standard Miami, and the Delano South Beach Hotel in South Beach, as well as the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Sunny Isles, all provide fantastic opportunities to go nude or nearly nude in a semi-public area.

    Hotel Victor has a clothing-optional co-ed spa and sauna, but it does not allow topless sunbathing at the pool. Instead, you'll have to head across the road to South Beach to bare your breasts. Similarly, the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort is close to Haulover Beach ​but doesn't allow naked sunbathing by the private pool.

    Meanwhile, the Standard is home to Lido Spa and a rambunctious pool scene featuring nightly parties, topless sunbathing, and a coed sauna. The pool scene at the Delano is also topless-friendly and features poolside drink service and a DJ that takes the party long into the night.