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Florida Beaches Guide - Apollo Beach

Apollo Beach 411

North of Canaveral National Seashore, near New Smyrna

  • Beach type: Secluded – hidden local gem.
  • Beach Geography: The beach is more than eight kilometers long with sands made up of crushed coquina shells. Be aware of the potential for rough surfs and strong ocean currents.
  • Ease of Access: Road access. Make sure to not to confuse this beach with the City of Apollo. Apollo beach is accessible via New Smyrna into the north end of Canaveral National Seashore.
  • Extra Costs: Admission to the beach is $3 per person per day for those over 16 years of age. During the summer the beach is open from 6am – 8pm and during the winter until 6pm.
  • Beach Amenities: Restrooms are available near the parking lot, but forget about showers, payphones or running water. Be aware that nudity is only permitted south of the last parking area (lot #5). However, lot #5 closes for 24 hours before and after shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. If you wish to have more privacy, travel further south down the beach.
  • Special Note: Apollo beach is a safe haven for beach bums in the buff.
  • Geo-locator: Where is Apollo Beach? Apollo Beach (the Beach) is not to be confused with Apollo Beach (the city) on the Gulf side.

With or without clothes?

no tan lines at Florida's Apollo BeachNo tan lines here! Experience the feeling of freedom and go buff on this bare-all island. To access the nude beach area, the most northern section of Apollo beach near crossover #5 is all for nudity. The beach has recently posted signs telling visitors when they are about to enter an area where they may encounter nudity. Parking is very scarce here, so arrive early to avoid a long, long walk.

Local Activities

Swimming, sunbathing and relaxing on the beach are the standard at Apollo Beach. Try a guided walk or canoe trip along the coast of Canaveral National Seashore and discover natural and aquatic life such as sand dunes and sea turtles. If you like to golf, the New Smyrna Golf Course offering a top-notch 18 holes with 6500 yards of play.

Area Attractions & Events

Take a hike on Canaveral National Seashore’s Castle Windy Trail, or the Eldora Hammock Trail.

protected sea turtle nesting groundsEnjoy a guided fishing trip to Mosquito Lagoon where you will find some of the best fishing in the area. Discover sea turtle nesting grounds and how the temperatures affect whether hatchlings are male or female.

Area Events

Check out the New Smyrna area or the Edgewater area for a calendar of local events and activities if you’re planning to be in the area for a few days

Nightlife and Accommodations

As Apollo Beach is deep within the Canaveral National Seashore National Park, select camping areas are offered on Canaveral National Seashore, so book early. You’ll find hotels and motels in nearby New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, Orlando and Daytona. Check out what’s available by exploring Booking.com.

Riverview Motel, New Smyrna Beach (courtesy of tripadvisor)For your nightlife after visiting Apollo Beach, you’ll need to head into the surrounding communities to find the rhythm that makes you dance. Whether you’re influenced by the Cuban, Spanish or rock n roll vibe, opportunities abound with unique pubs, clubs and live concerts.

For an upscale unique accommodation suggestion, book a unique room with the Riverview Motel in New Smyrna Beach, a historic Victorian-style hotel overlooking the Indian River and the lively Flager Ave with unique bars and restaurants. You’ll be close by the activities   

Apollo Beach (Space Coast) Weather

Space Coast weatherThe Atlantic side of the Florida coast differs distinctly from the inner gulf coast. This Atlantic side will more often be affected by winds buffeting off the ocean, thereby affecting water currents, tidal effects and undertows. More prone to the harsh effects of hurricanes, it’s amazing how 100 miles from Gulf to Atlantic side changes the weather patterns. Summertime temperatures can reach well into the 90's ‘F where winter temps are milder with highs reaching 70 ‘F and lows dipping to 40 ‘F range. Water temperature fluctuates between 65°F (coolest December through March) peaking to 80°F in the heat of July and August.

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This Apollo Beach is the northern end of Canaveral National Seashore and is nowhere near Tampa. It is accessed by driving south from New Smyrna Beach (where accommodations are available) on HWY A1A. The nude area is the far SOUTHERN end of the beach... where the road ends. The beach continues empty for several miles south until it reaches Playalinda Beach.

Naturism is the great human equalizer. It's about accepting yourself and others for who you are and not what you look like, own, or wear. It's about de-stressing, relaxing, getting back to innocence. When I sit on my back deck in the morning or evening, contemplating my surroundings, I really feel close to God. I feel my batteries being recharged. The world is full of surprises and the secret naturist, who tends to explore country side and other areas not usually explored by 'normal' people and who also present an attractive target by being naked, tend to attract all manner of interesting creatures, many of which are intend on biting, stinging, eating and generally making life a misery for any unfortunate who passes by. Naturist looks like you and I and come from all walks of life. You will find it to be a relaxing lifestyle that is free of the daily stress we all experience. Enjoy our clothing free lifestyle!

you are confusing the 2 apollo beaches in florida. yes, one is a nudist beach, and is located on florida's EAST coast, near cape canaveral. the other Apollo Beach is a community on the WEST coast of florida, and is just south of tampa. they are 2 very different places!

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