Disclaimer: I am a volunteer Beach Ambassador on Haulover Beach Park's designated Naturist Beach Section. This post for FYI.
The name of the park is: Haulover Beach Park. It is a Miami-Dade County regional park. The park is 1.7 miles long. The naturist beach section is on the ocean side at the northern 1/3 mile.
The park is located between the Village of Bal Harbour and the City of Sunny Isles Beach.
The lifeguard service is a Beach Safety operation by the county fire department and the professional lifeguards are trained and EMS certified. There is a county fire rescue station located in the park with ambulance service.
South Florida Free Beaches, the local naturist association's Naturist Beach Etiquette and county park rules prevail. Inapproriate behavior will get you in jail. Parking is on the west side at $6 per car.
The park's address is 10800 Collins Ave. The naturist beach is at about 15001 Collins. The park is divided by Collins Avenue a/k/a State Road A1A. There are two to three bus routes that go through the park, Locally dial 311 for bus route info.
On the south end of park. There is a kite flying shop and area. A dog park area. There is the Haulover Fishing Fleet for deep sea fishing as well as group fishing. Several different boat captains all knowing that sweet spot in the ocean. Call Kelley Fleet.
At the south end, Biscayne Bay side there is a new Bill Bird Marina facility for boat docking. At the north end there is the Haulover Marine Center for boat rentals and launching ramps. The is a boat storage rack and parking for boat trailers.
There are picnic and bar-b-que facilities throughout the park. There is parking for about 3000 cars. The parking lots on the west side do not have wheelchair access to the beach side. There 8 handicap spaces on the east side at the Beach Safety Office location. About 13701 Collins Ave.
South of the naturist beach there is 1.4 miles of deserted quiet tropical beach (clothing designated) with lifeguard service. Unbelievable!
The name Haulover has been attributed to three different events that took place there. First ,the Barefoot Mailman of the 1800s dropped off on the beach side and he "hauled" the mail over to the bayside where there was postal service boat stored for his trip down Biscayne Bay to Lemon City (Miami Shores) and Fort Dallas. (Miami)
Next: During the first half of the 1900s a man named Baker had a boat service facility here and they had to "haul" the boats up out of the ocean to his facility. Thus the name Baker's Haulover and Baker's Cut.
Next. During Prohibition boats from the Bahamas would deliver whiskey to the beach and it would be "hauled " over the sandbar to the bayside where speed boat were waiting to speed north on the Inland Coastal Waterway.
During World War 11 the Haulover sandbar was used as a target practice location for training Navy and Marine pilots.Over 140 airplanes were lost off South Florida beaches and they are still finding wrecked planes off Haulover.
Take you pick. We now "haul" chairs, umbrellas and coolers through the tunnels to the beach.
Happiness is no tan lines!
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