Undeveloped and undressed
Playalinda Beach (sometimes written as Playa Linda or Playa Lynda) lies along Canaveral National Seashore approximately two hours Northeast of Tampa. While nude bathing isn't legal here, this stretch of beach is secluded enough to remove your bathing suit unnoticed. Undeveloped, this paradise isn't just for nudists. Nature lovers will also enjoy its untouched beauty. To protect this fragile environment, stick to the boardwalks that run from the parking areas to the beach.
- Canaveral National Seashore: Year-round, you can learn about the fragile eco-system and wildlife with guided walks and canoe programs.
- Mosquito Lagoon: Despite the name, it's worth a visit. You might be lucky enough to see dolphins, manatee, herons, ibis, egrets and other shore birds.
- Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Spend a day wandering 140,000-acres of estuaries, marshes and coastal dunes. When you tire, take a rest in palm and oak hammocks.
- Manatee Arts Festival (March): It's worth the drive to this two-day festival of arts and crafts. Hands-on activities make this a family-friendly activity that will entertain adults and children alike.
- Manatees at Mosquito Lagoon (mid-November to early April): Kids of all ages will catch a thrill when they spy these friendly giants. Visit the manatee viewing center for a close-up look.
Nearby New Smyrna Beach's Flagler Avenue and Canal Street offer a host of hot eateries, clubs, pubs and nightlife for every taste imaginable.
Backcountry camping is limited on Playalinda Beach and requires a permit. Nearby Titusville, New Smyrna Beach, Orlando and Daytona Beach offer ample accommodations for all. Nudists will be pleased to hear Daytona Beach offers some clothing-optional accommodation. The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Division can help with specific Playalinda lodging requests.
Need to Know
- South portion of Canaveral National Seashore, near Titusville and New Smyrna Beach and Cape Canaveral.
- Average summer temperatures range from 81to 91 F.
- Average winter temperatures range from 61 to 75 F.
- Lifeguards are stationed at Parking Area 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day).
- Self-contained chemical toilets
- Note: No running water, showers, concessions or public telephones
Eco-friendly and clothing-optional beaches make Playalinda a nature-lover's delight. If going au naturelle turns you on, check out our Playalinda Beach vacation ideas.
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