Located on Florida’s eastern Atlantic coastline in New Smyrna, Apollo Beach is on the Canaveral National Seashore (National Park). Great for beach lovers, it has an endless strip of pristine golden sand and, being more secluded, it is one of the top nudist beaches in Florida. (This should not to be confused with the other Apollo Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast near Tampa!)
Located on a barrier island, Apollo Beach is 10 miles south of New Smyrna Beach. The beautiful soft white sand stretches for 5 miles and is actually made up of crushed coquina.
The beach is washed by strong Atlantic rollers, which means there are strong currents and the potential for rough surf.
The park has 5 dedicated parking lots that fill up fast in the high season (November through April) and once the gates are closed no-one else is allowed onto the beach. There is a parking and access fee for anyone aged 16 and above and the beach is usually open from 6am to 8pm, or dusk if sooner. You need to walk several hundred yards from the parking lot over a ramp to the sand so you need to carry everything with you.
There are restrooms at Apollo Beach but no shops or food stands, keeping this area natural and unspoilt.
If you plan to strip off, naturist sunbathing is only allowed south of Parking Lot 5 at the north end of the beach. Signs are posted showing when you are on the clothing-optional area.
The beach is perfect for long walks along the shoreline, surf fishing, hiking, surfing, sunbathing and ball games. There’s a boat ramp and nature trail from Parking Lot 3. It’s also a haven for wildlife including nesting turtles, gopher tortoises and brown pelicans.
- Good fishing
- Kite surfing
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