I'm told that the clothing optional section of Haulover is the only municipal nude beach in the country and that its atmosphere is the closest we have to the clothing optional beaches in Europe.
I googled information about Haulover and directions to it. My wife and I went in mid-March on a sunny, breezy Sunday when the temperature was around 80. We approached from the north on A1A. At about noon, we came to the northernmost parking lot , the best for the nude beach, but it was was full. We continued south to the second lot, paid $6, and found a parking space near the north end.
There's a wide path between the dunes and the parking lots, with entrances to the beach spaced along it. We walked north and shortly came to the sign at an entrance warning of nude sunbathers ahead, so we took that. That took us to the southern end of the beach, so we walked a short way toward the middle and chose a spot on the sand next to lifeguard stand 13. I removed my shirt and bathing suit. (A nude beach is a place where you can take off your clothes and no one notices.) The temperature was quite comfortable.
There must have been a couple of thousand people on the .4 mile stretch of beach. Most seemed to be in couples or groups. Ages seemed to range evenly from college-age to very senior. We saw no children. The gender mix seemed to be about 55% men and 45% women. Most of the men were nude--maybe 90%. Most of the women were at least topless, but maybe half of them kept their bottoms on. Unlike a nudist camp, there were oglers. Maybe 5% of the men seemed to be there just to look at naked women and fantasize. These creeps detracted somewhat from the pleasure of the experience, but they were harmless and the women just ignored them.
I walked to the "commercial" area behind lifeguard stand 14. I rented an umbrella and lounge (my wife wanted to lay on her towel) for $22, and bought sub sandwiches for a reasonable price.
The sand was coarse, not at all like the smooth white beaches in other parts of Florida, but it was OK. Walking along the beach at water's edge was heavygoing, however. The water was a great temperature for swimming. Restrooms were along the path off the beach, so I had to put my suit back on to use them.
We stayed more than 4 hours and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
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