Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore is located on a barrier island off the east coast of Florida that features unspoiled beaches and over 100 middens—heaps of shells, broken pottery, and discarded arrowheads left by the Timucuan Indians who were the area's first known inhabitants. The park also features remnants of a deserted Florida town. The Eldora Statehouse has been converted to a museum to tell the story of the land speculators who settled on Mosquito Lagoon after the Civil War. Eldora was abandoned after a freeze killed off the citrus crops. The launch pads of Kennedy Space center can be seen across the lagoon, marking another boom era in Florida's history.

—B. Stanton, NPCA









July 16, 2015

someone in an earlier post said everyone knows about the nude beach.... NO they do not! Thank God my grandkids weren't with us!! There are NO signs ANYWHERE!! There should be signs! We are not from this area and had NO idea!!!

New resident

July 4, 2015

First time I went to this beach was a few months ago. I parked at parking lot 4 and was walking down the beach picking up shells. I was "greeted" by who thought they were the welcoming committee apparently, standing there naked. They heckled me for wearing a swimsuit. I felt violated by these 2 rude naked men. I asked them if this was legal and they said yes. I turned and walked the other way. I have now learned that this does violate florida Statute 800.03. Why isn't it enforced? And if enforcement is not chosen, why isn't there a sign warning people? I brought family to the seashore but warned them that we couldn't walk south. What if I hadn't know before and took my grand kids there? I have also heard stories of lewd behavior of gay men and heterosexual exhibitionists on this beach. But I'm supposed to turn my head and just say live and let live? Does this really comply with the Florida statue and also of the National parks philosophy of setting a standard for the future generation? Come on people, this is not appropriate.


February 23, 2015

There are only 2 Nude beaches in the entire state of Florida. Apollo Beach and Haulover. You've got the entire coast of Florida. That's 1350 miles. Go walk on one of those and leave us alone. Nobody "accidentally" goes to the only parking lot out of 5 that always has a wait to park. You were there to see what it was all about. Now go home and leave us alone.


October 19, 2014

They want it, let them have their little area. I am also a combat Marine. It it disturbs Anonymous so much, let him stroll the Jacksonville Beaches. This is not, and has nothing to do with vise. Retire fella and let the world be.


September 2, 2014

I have known about the nude area and purposely stayed away however, last weekend my under aged son who is an avid hiker and camper wanted to explore Klondike Beach. (North of Playalinda) My 32 years of military service which includes a combat disability has earned me a pass to our great National Parks. With no other route onto Klondike we were forced to walk through the nude area if we were to comply with the Backcountry Regulations and enjoy this National Treasure. There are 14 very specific Regulations that the park rangers firmly advised us to comply with. Why are the nudists allowed to violate the Florida Statute 800.03? It shall be unlawful for any person to expose or exhibit his sexual organs in any public place or on the private premises of another, or so near thereto as to be seen from such private premises, in a vulgar or indecent manner, or so to expose or exhibit his person in such place, or to go or to be naked in such place. I am not offended or care if people want to walk around naked however, there is a contradiction of compliance in this case. My desire would be to provide hikers an alternate back country route that takes you around parking area 13 and puts you out on Klondike Beach.


August 17, 2014

I am a veteran paratrooper, and though I myself wouldnt care to go nude in public (more than once anyway) I support the extended freedom of those who wish to. Land of the free, and home of the brave enough to go naked. Who cares! Let them have a place to go frolic in the sun and sand...there are plenty of beaches to enjoy in Florida, you dont have to go to this one, or even these two particular parking areas.


April 14, 2014

I too am a US Marine but I didn't fight so that everyone can do as they please. Anonymous has a right to his opinion and he's right...there are no signs posted to warn the unsuspecting and there are laws on the books prohibiting public nudity. I've witnessed homosexual sex acts as well as heterosexual sex while walking down #5, before I knew about the nudity, and have even been hit on by homosexuals. To me that is extremely inappropriate. I have as much of a right to be there as anyone...enforce the law or put up a fence and signs up to separate the nudity and to protect their privacy and patrol the beach for lewd behavior...or prohibit nudity all together. Live and let live doesn't apply here.


February 8, 2014

To Anonymous. What side of the seashore did you enter the seashore. The North, Apollo beach or the South, Playalinda Beach. They do not connect. There are 5 parking lots north, and 13 south. 5 in the north and 13 in the the south are traditional nude beaches, been there for decades. There were signs at 5 north beach but they were removed and there has been a push to get them put back up. Since it has been this way just leave the nudists alone. We have 16 out of 17 beaches to go to. I think you are a jerk for acting like you are special for being a police officer. Go to the other beaches and leave the nudists alone. Educate yourself of the difference between simple nudity and sex. I have little respect when anonymous is used as a name. if you want to play the title game I am a retired US Marine and a disabled combat veteran. I am not impressed by you. I fought so everyone has rights. That includes a couple of nude beaches at the end of the road. Live and let live.


October 18, 2013

To Anonymous, As a regular beach goer to CNS and Playlinda, specifically, I understand how surprising it could be to see nude sunbathers on the beach and I am sorry that someone spoiled your visit. The North end of the beach (parking area 13)has been "unofficially" clothing optional since the mid 1940's and there used to be signage in that area, paid for and posted by those who frequent that area. The former park director had the signage removed. Since the crossover at parking area 11 has been closed, the area used by naturists has expanded toward parking area 12 as well. Most people who go for that reason know this and do not fully disrobe South of the crossover at parking area 12. Typically the clothing optional area is much busier than any other area and may account for more than half of the visitors (and revenue) to the park. Again, I am sorry to hear that someone was inconsiderate enough to fully disrobe in an area where that is not common practice and would be considered offensive.


September 8, 2013

First time to the park on Sat 09-07-2013 and was very disgusted. My wife and I went to the end at parking area 5 and while standing on the walkway a man came walking up the beach nude. When we asked the park rangers about this they advised there was nothing they could do about it, as there was no state law against it. I am a retired police officer from Jacksonville, Fl and work vice and organized crime for years. I suggest they look at florida Statute 800.03. Unless the area is set apart for nudity you can not walk around with your sexual organs exposed. If the park is not going to enforce this law they should post signs and at least warn people about this practice. We observed other families in the area with children and one should be exposed to this without prior knowledge. If post people could at least make a choice as to weather or not they want to go to this area and run the risk of being exposed to this behavior. I fully intend to pursue this and contact state law makers, local law enforcement, the Nation Park Service Administration in reference to this incident.


February 2, 2013

We (the family) have visited the Park: Canaveral National Seashore. We understand that the first reason that manatees are killed are caused by boats propelers. We understand that the area (Turtle Mound and Mosquito Lagoon) is protected. We do not understand, however, why there were so many speed boats running crazy over the lagoon. The private small planes flying above, add to the noise created already by the boats engines. Along the lagoon edges, we collected in just 10 minutes a whole big bag with human made trash: beer bottles, cigarette butts, baby pampers, plastics, etc. I am compasionate and I feel sorry for the defendless marine creatures. I am afraid that, for my grandkids, all these wonders will be just a memory - in the science books.

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