Apollo Beach

What a difference a bay makes

Apollo Beach, Florida, is part of the 24-mile Canaveral National Seashore, an ideal place to get close to nature. While nude swimming is illegal here, it's a long-standing tradition that locals tolerate if you keep a low profile. Most nudists find walking a few miles to more deserted areas of the beach worth the effort to keep the peace.

Outdoor Focus

Area Attractions

From mid-November to early April, endangered manatees migrate to Mosquito Lagoon and the warm waters around the Tampa Electric Company facility. Hike the Turtle Mound trail, which leads to the top of a Timucuan Indian Mound, or Eldora trail, which leads to a turn of the century settlement along Mosquito Lagoon.

Area Events


Nearby in Tampa, Ybor City's 7th Avenue is closed to cars on weekends. The pedestrian-only zone springs to life thanks to reggae, jazz, rock, blues and the fun-seeking party crowd.


Backcountry camping is permitted November through to the end of April, but requires a permit. Various hotels and motels are available in nearby Tampa, Titusville and Orlando. Check with the Apollo Beach Chamber of Commerce for up-to-date details. Nudists can find naturist-friendly accommodations in Daytona Beach.

Need to Know

Nature-lovers and nudists feel at home at Apollo Beach. If sea turtles and seashores appeal to you, check out these Apollo Beach vacation options.

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Posted on 12/27/2015 7:08:00 AM by Anonymous
Your author is obviously very misinformed and is confusing the town of Apollo Beach, which is near Tampa, with the unofficial nude beach of the same name located on the Atlantic Ocean which is much farther than 20 minutes from Tampa. Please get your facts right!
Posted on 9/13/2014 7:28:00 AM by Anonymous
ill be at the apollo nude beach on the east coast(new symnara) on 1/6 and 1/7 of 2014. anyone need lotion rubbed on :> mike
Posted on 12/17/2013 7:33:00 AM by Anonymous
i love being nude
Posted on 12/17/2013 7:26:00 AM by Anonymous
Florida's East Coast Beaches are 20 min from Tampa ONLY via Space Shuttle! And since the magnificent craft are all retired, now one must contact Mr. Elon Musk for travel at such velocities. Suggest you visit Daytona Beach, New Symrna Beach, or Titusville instead.
Posted on 10/21/2013 3:40:00 PM by Anonymous
Does anyone know of a nude or semi nude beach close to St. Petersburg/ Clearwater/ Tampa area? Thanks :)
Posted on 5/24/2013 9:11:00 AM by Anonymous
Yeah. Went to canaveral with the kids and was surprised by the nudity. If they weren't with us , my wife and I would have loved the privacy that the stretch of beach offered. Instead , my daughter was surprised by what she described as "old butt". Lol. Unfortunately we left prematurely.
Posted on 2/27/2013 8:09:00 PM by Anonymous
Posted on 1/30/2013 7:31:00 PM by Anonymous
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Posted on 9/26/2012 7:38:00 PM by Anonymous
By the way, if you stop to see the Bleor ( ? ) house be prepared to deal with mosquitoes!!!!!!
Posted on 7/14/2012 3:14:00 PM by Anonymous
Just got back from there, very nice place, not too many people with most being couples. The one BIG problem is parking! Very limited spaces and make sure you only park in marked spaces or you WILL be towed! We didn't even go 200 feet before we came across naked people, just make sure you go south from the access ramp. The park ranger drove by on a quad and didn't bat a eye about the nudity so go with confidence you will be left alone as long as you behave yourself!
Posted on 7/14/2012 2:39:00 PM by Anonymous
To the person who wants directions to the correct Apollo Beach on the east coast of Florida, it is very easy to get to, it just takes a while. Make your way to New Symrna Beach, Fl and find Lytle Ave aka 1A aka South Causeway and take that to the beach. This becomes A1A aka E 3rd Ave. This will bear to the right and go south. It becomes A1A / S Atlantic Ave. Take this all the way to the park entrance. Pay the ranger $5.00 and drive all the way to the last parking lot (southern most end of Apollo). With your clothes still on, walk to the beach, turn right (south) and walk down about 1000 feet to where you see the other people without clothing. There you may disrobe. Enjoy!
Posted on 4/30/2012 9:12:00 AM by Anonymous
This page has some incorrect information on it. The Apollo Beach that is part of the Canaveral Seashore is legal to sunbathe naked on. But it is on the east coast of Florida, south of Daytona. It is a three hour drive from Tampa all the way to the beach. The Apollo Beach near Tampa is in south Hillsborough County, on the west coast of Florida. It was once also a legal nude sunbathing beach but in more recent years that has gone away and you can be fined and even arrested. Don't get the two mixed up. Apollo East Coast is a wonderful clothing optional beach. Please follow all the rules so we don't lose it.
Posted on 4/30/2012 8:57:00 AM by Anonymous
As I have recently been there, I was told it was a LEGAL location because it is in an official state park.... it is on the EAST coast south of New Symrna Beach. Very nice beach. Everyone was very discreet. Sea shells were very amazing as they were mostly whole.
Posted on 4/12/2012 4:07:00 PM by Anonymous
I want to say again that there are two Apollo beaches (I just found that out!) One is near Tampa and just west of HWY 41 and that one is in a commercial/residential area--no nudity there!!!!! The Apollo beach where nude is sometimes found is on the EAST shore of the state near Cape Canaveral. Now, having said that I've never been there but want to go. Can someone give specific instructions on how to get to the area where we might find other nude sunbathers? Thanks
Posted on 1/3/2012 1:06:00 PM by Anonymous
Canaveral National Seashore is 20 minutes from Tampa in a jet.
Posted on 10/10/2011 6:46:00 PM by Anonymous
This review is completely inaccurate. There are 2 Apollo Beaches. The Apollo BEach that is located 20 minutes from Tampa and Tampa Airport is not a nude beach. Apollo Beach is hardly a beach by Floridan standards . This Apollo BEach is a suburb with houses, families and master planned communities. The location is a nice proximity to Tampa; however, not at all an appropriate place for sunbathing. The other Apollo Beach is located near Daytona; howevver, upon entering the guard gae, I asked where I would find the nude section. The guard not so kindly, let me know that the possibility of being photographed was great. As well as, families, children, etc. mmight very well be walking by. I am looking for a non dramatic, peaceful place that I can improve my tan and ultimatley, be compleely relaxed.
Posted on 9/27/2011 12:12:00 AM by Anonymous
Canaveral National Seashore is on the east coast of Florida. Tampa is on the west coast, they are hundreds of miles apart. It is at least a 3 hr. drive,not 20 minutes as posted.It is a beautiful park, well worth a visit. The nude section is all the way on the north end parking lots.
Posted on 8/25/2011 10:57:00 PM by Anonymous
This is a VERY incorrect description of Apollo Beach. There are two Apollo Beaches: one just east of Tampa (about 20 minutes); the second on the north portion of Canaveral National SeaShore near New Smyrna Beach; opposite side of the State.. The Apollo Beach in Tampa is primarily a commercial area with private homes, the golf course you describe, Nighlife in Ybor City is about 3 hours by Interstate 4 west from Apollo at Canaveral; not 20 minutes away. In the Canaveral Apollo Beach, there is NO REAL ESTATE for sale (NONE). ALL the 'for sale' property in at the Tampa Apollo Beach. Someone really needs to rework this artical and the associated advertisments. I grew up in Tampa next door to the Apollo Beach Developer's family, and I go to the Canaveral Apollo Beach about once each week year round now that I live in Orlando.
Posted on 12/8/2010 10:47:00 PM by Anonymous
Apollo Beach is south of Tampa on Florida's west coast. Canaveral is on the opposite side of the state.
Posted on 11/22/2010 4:50:00 PM by Anonymous
more than 20 min to Tampa, Orlando is about 1 hour from the east caostbeaches and Tampa is another hour west
Posted on 9/18/2010 11:31:00 AM by Anonymous
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