HAULOVER BEACH PARK
(Map by Florida Naturist Assc.)
south of the built-up area of Sunny Isles lies Haulover Park,
maintained by Miami-Dade
County Parks and Recreation, which contains one of south Florida's
most beautiful beaches--a mile and a half stretch that draws local
people and visitors alike. Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway
and the Atlantic Ocean, it has pristine white sand shores, open
ocean surf, various shaded picnic facilities, beautifully landscaped
sand dunes, and concession stands. The beach is ideal for surfing
as well as swimming. The entire beach is guarded by well trained
lifeguards, who will inform beach patrons of existing weather
and surf conditions. Across the street from the beach, Haulover
Park has a full-service
marina, restaurant (presently closed), tennis courts, family
9-hole golf course, sundries shop and kite shops.
unusual name comes from the days when virtually all transportation
here was on the water. This narrow strip of land is located at the
upper reaches of Biscayne Bay. In order to service bay side villages,
a Mr. Baker built a ramp to haul boats over the sand dunes from
the Atlantic to the bay, hence reducing sailing time considerably.
At that time there was no other entrance to the bay until Cape Florida,
10 miles further south. The haulover appears on maps as early
marina is interesting to visit, as this is the headquarters of the
venerable Kelly Fleet.
Since 1957, they offer shared and private half-day, full-day and
night fishing trips at very reasonable prices. If you want to come
face to face with a pelican, this is a great place to do it. Try
to get there when the boats leave, or better still when they return.
They clean out the fish and throw the entrails to the birds, who
go berserk. On the sward between the marina and A1A you will find
the amazing Skyward
Kites store. There you can get fantastic kites from US$ 5.00
up. It is also the location for the Miami
Dragon Boat Race, held every second weekend in November.
south end of Haulover Park, as well as the beach across the Haulover
Inlet at Bal Harbor, are probably the best surfing
beaches in this area, though it's no North Shore Oahu!
you park or get off the bus at the far north of the park, you will
come across an unusual sign: Attention. Beyond this point you
may encounter nude bathers. This is Miami-Dade County's only
optional naturist beach, and one of the few in Florida. About
a quarter of the park is designated as clothing optional, so if
you are after an all-over tan, this is the place to be. If you are
just coming all this way to see South Beach models or the lifeguard
in the nude, think again.
All-day parking is $5.00 per car. The parking lots open at about
sunrise and close around sunset. No overnight parking is allowed.
There are pedestrian tunnels under Collins Avenue leading from the
parking lots, as indicated on the map.
North parking lot is the first choice for the clothing-optional
beach. If this lot is full, go about 0.3 mile south on A1A past
the entrance to the boat ramp to parking lot 1, and park at the
north end of this lot.
(119) Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins
Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Every 12 mins.
(120)Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins
Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Limited stops. Weekdays only. Every
Beach Park - Sunday
Beach Park - Monday
up close. Haulover Marina
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