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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.
- Canaveral National Seashore: Ranger-guided walks and canoe trips will take you to gorgeous views while you learn about the dunes, sea turtles and sea shells.
- Horseback riding: Most riding requires a permit, but is allowed from November through to the end of April.
- Apollo Beach Golf Club: This course has water on every hole and sports salt-tolerant paspalum grass.
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.
- Manatee Arts Festival (March): This two-day arts and crafts show brings more than 100 exhibitors from around the world. This family-friendly event has children's entertainment and hands-on activities.
- Sea Turtle Watch (June / July): This popular event requires reservations, but it's worth the planning to view the giant sea turtles that nest along Apollo Beach and learn about their role in the environment.
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
- North part of Canaveral National Seashore, 20 minutes from Tampa.
- Temperatures range from 81 to 91 F in summer.
- Average winter temperatures range from 61 to 75 F.
- Boardwalks from parking areas to the beach to protect the fragile wilderness and sand dunes from foot traffic
- Lifeguards stationed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Parking Area 1 (Memorial Day through to Labor Day)
- Self-contained chemical toilets
- Note: No running water, showers, concessions or public telephones
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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