HAULOVER BEACH PARK
Haulover Park Map
(Map by Florida Naturist Assc.)
Immediately 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.
The 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 as 1832.
The 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.
The 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!
If 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 legal clothing 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.
The 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.
S (119) Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Every 12 mins.
T (120)Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins Ave. at 17th. St. to Aventura Mall. Limited stops. Weekdays only. Every 15 mins.
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Haulover Beach Park - Sunday
Haulover Beach Park - Monday
Pelicans up close. Haulover Marina
Kites. Haulover Park
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