What's in a name:
It is believed that Haulover got its name from an early fisherman in the area a man named Baker who would regularly "haul" his sponge boat from Biscayne Bay over the thickly wooded dunes to the ocean at this spot. Mention of "Baker's Haulover" appear on maps as early as 1823. The practice was passed along through later generations of fisherman.
The controversy that clings to the area is that of nude sunbathing. Haulover became very popular as a clothing-optional beach when the revenue-hungry county looked the other way as they collected from the fee-paying naturists. However, too little clothing became too much of an issue and a reasonably fair solution was to limit clothing-optional beach access to an 800-yard stretch of the 1.3 mile beach. However, if nudity or the gay scene is personally offensive, avoid the area.
During National Nude Week each July, the festivities are held at Haulover.
Is it legal?:
Information presented on this page does not mean that Florida law allows nudity in public places. There is a Dade County ordinance that allows one to expose naked flesh legally and without fear on this marked stretch of beach only.
Could I take my family?:
The north end of the beach has been partitioned off out of the view of families and others who do not wish to swim and sun without clothing. Haulover Beach is preferrable to close-by Sunny Isles Beach because of its access, parking and expansiveness. So go if you can overlook (and not be tempted to look over) at the buff crowd.
Haulover Park is located in the 10800 block of Collins Avenue in North Miami Beach near Sunny Isles Causeway (SR #826) and Highway A1A.
There is a vehicle entrance fee of $3.50.
Sunrise to sunset.
Facilities include restrooms, showers, concessions and picnic tables. Lifeguards are on duty.