*THE* Clothing Optional Beach in the U.S.
Haulover Beach feels like *the* clothing optional beach in the United States that really has its sh*t together (read: this does not necessarily mean it’s always the best choice for everyone). Located on the north end of Miami beach (denoted by lots of signage and pink lifeguard huts), it happened to be the location for our first social nude experience and we think it was the right choice. While there seems to be much debate on whether beaches or clubs/resorts are “better” for the first-timer and we see merit to both sides of this argument, we think beaches are at least more accessible and less intimidating to your average newbie. Haulover in particular is not only unique because of its relatively urban setting (think South Beach) within a major city, but also for the amenities offered. Parking is well established and relatively inexpensive (I think it was $6 for the day when we went?), beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent on the beach itself (cash only — but there is an ATM at the restaurant adjacent to the parking area), and there is a food truck that actually pulls up onto the beach itself and sells burgers, salads, water, soft drinks, smoothies, and more (BYOB if that’s your thing — technically I believe alcohol is prohibited on the beach, but never known to actually be enforced as long as use is subtle and behavior is under control). In addition to the service staff and lifeguards mentioned above, another thing that sets Haulover aside from most clothing optional beaches is the presence of the Beach Ambassadors (a program orchestrated by South Florida Free Beaches). They are not only familiar, friendly faces and great resources for your FAQ, but serve as a neighborhood watch of sorts that has helped to keep the beach in good standing with local authorities over the years, and serves as a first line of defense in educating beach-goers and reducing the amount of undesirable conduct from people who may be there for the wrong reasons. That said, it does not mean the beach is perfect. Given its location and ease of access, it will still attract a small share of creepers, fluffers, and fully-clothed people who will stand there (or walk the beach) to gawk at the nudies, but they are generally largely outnumbered by the wholesome good natured folks that are present for all the right reasons. In closing, Haulover is a great choice and for many is regarded as the gold standard of clothing optional beach operations in the United States. It is a sight to behold and many wonderful experiences have been had. That said, it is definitely quite the scene unto itself, and on popular days with glorious weather you can expect to be packed in pretty close proximity to your neighbors, whereas other beaches (like Blind Creek for example) are often far more spread out, less noisy, and more “peaceful”. Regardless of your personal preference, if you haven’t been there before and you find yourself in the Miami area, Haulover is definitely worth a visit.