Topless and Clothing Optional Beaches and Resorts in S.W. Florida
Sarasota County's North Lido Beach used to be a popular nude (clothing optional) beach, but being unclothed is now prohibited at all public beaches in both Manatee and Sarasota counties (Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, and Anna Maria Island). Although it is rumored that several sandbars and smaller islands around the Intercoastal Waterway sometimes act as an impromptu clothing optional beach. There is no overnight camping allowed on any of these sandbars or beaches.
A word of warning: "Public Indecency" is against the law in most Florida counties, even though a few Florida beaches have earned reputations as skinny-dipping hot spots.
Nude, or clothing optional beaches:
Apollo Beach. Close to Tampa and Ybor City. North part of Canaveral National Seashore, 20 minutes from Tampa. Naturalist swimming is not legal here, but, locals seem to look the other way if you keep a low profile. Most naturalists will scamper a few miles down the beach to more barren areas.
Playalinda Beach parallels Canaveral National Seashore approximately two hours Northeast of Tampa. Sunbathing without your bikini is also not legal here, but this patch of heaven is just secluded enough to wear your birthday suit and go unnoticed (most of the time).
Gulf Islands National Seashore. In the Florida Panhandle, near Pensacola. GI National Seashore invites clothing optional bathers to play on its long stretches of empty beach.
Haulover Beach. One of the most beautiful and populated clothing-optional beaches. Don't be surprised to see thousands of sunbathers letting it all hang out on the half mile stretch of pure white sand.
The Caliente Resort and Spa is the Tampa Bay Area's Clothing Optional Resort. Located in Land O Lakes, Caliente is over 100 acres of clothing free fun for that exhibitionist in you. The resort includes condos, hotel rooms, restaurants, boutiques, swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and spa services, multiple tennis courts and even nude disco dancing! Located 20 miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida, on Highway 41 in Land O' Lakes.
Paradise Lakes Resort is a 72 acre private, clothing optional hotel and resort just north of Tampa, Florida. Paradise Lakes features over 100 hotel rooms; many of them poolside, an upscale restaurant, a rocking nightclub, a Key West Bar at poolside, fitness center, a day spa / hair salon, and a boutique. Ask for your FREE 1-Day Pass - Paradise welcomes visitors to take a FREE* tour of the tropical resort to see what Paradise is really like. After the tour you can stay for the day and experience the clothing optional lifestyle.
Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort is in Loxahatchee Florida. Year-round events including pot luck dinners, drum circles, weekly DJ dances, camping, mid-winter festivals, climbing towers, childrens activities.
Of course, if you are in the Sarasota area on a boat, you can cruise to more deserted areas such as Cayo Costa or Palm island where you can drop anchor, and drop trou.
You might, at certain times of year, find yourself very secluded at Ft. DeSoto park, just north of the Skyway bridge.
Average summer temperatures at these beaches range from 81 to 95 F.
For more information, check out the American Association for Clothing Optional Recreation website.
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