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“Haulover Beach Park” 5 of 5 stars
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Haulover Beach Park
10800 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
305 947 3525
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Nightlife
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Owner description: Nestled between the Intercoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, this scenic park boasts white sandy beaches, open ocean surf and sweeping dunes.
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Miami
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“Haulover Beach Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Disclaimer: I am a volunteer Beach Ambassador on Haulover Beach Park's designated Naturist Beach Section. This post for FYI.

Welcome!

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!

Enjoy!
Richard Mason
Beach Ambassador
SFFB

Visited November 2012
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“First timers and loved it !!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

My wife and had never been to a clothing optional beach. When we arrived at the parking area ( it is a little difficult to locate) the walk way to the beach is a little creepy especially the tunnel, but when you walk out onto the beach it was great. The beach was clean and the water calm and clear. It took us all of about 10 minutes to get comfortable enough to strip down. People were nice and friendly much more so than south beach (where we ususally go). So I would definately recommend a trip to Haulover at least once in your lifetime!!!!

Visited June 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“A GREAT BEACH WORTH A VISIT ..SPACE AND FREEDOM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Returned for the 5th time to spend a few days break enroute on travel through Miami to rest up and relax on a wonderful beach where clothing is optional. The beach is well maintained and clean as it is swept early mornings and has good lifeguard coverage as well as regular berach police presence. While there are plenty of sunbathers au natural equally there are couples where one is in a swimsuit and one is not as well as those single or with others who are wearing their swim suits. Either way does not appear to attract any special attention and not the stream of passers by who come to see naked people as I found in some other placces. (Likely because Haulover takes either a car, bike or public transport to reach and is not weasily accessible to downtown Miami).The naturist area is clearly designated and the expanse of beach is wide so one can easily locate closer to the surf and slip out of one;s suit without being near the beach walkway along the shrubs at the back of the beach. For those who are really at ease they can stroll right up to the various food stands or the showers. In all a great place to totally relax. In early mornings on arirval in gym shorts I always do my 4 mile jog from the nude section to the end of the beach and back. And best of all the car park all day is only $6 and often there is a patrol car simply sitting in the parking lot which in any case is supervised...in all my trips never any problems or worries.

Visited March 2012
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Bradenton, Florida
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“nicest city beach ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

clean safe and friendly people this is in few words again for the fifth time my experience with this beach. Troopers are present to stop nuisance and shrewd people so you can enjoy arelaxed day at the beach , really thank you to the people in charge

Visited November 2012
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“Is this where I take it off :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Outstanding!
Clean, fun, relaxing.
Everyone is very respectful.
The nicest people you could ever meet.
Has to be one of the top beaches in the World.
A must "see" :---)

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