For months, my husband was trying to persuade me to go with him to Playalinda (Nude) Beach. "I don't want to go to a nude beach, honey. I don't want to see nude people," I told him. "It's not that bad, honey, and we are just gonna see what is in that place," was his reply. I was off from work on previous Saturday and Sunday. I wanted to go to the National Wildlife Refuge to buy a Solar-Shirt from their gift shop. I never realized that it was on the way going on that nude beach, so after we bought my solar-shirt, we proceed to the nude beach which was another 5 miles away.
The parking lot only holds about 30 cars and there are no accommodations for parking on the shoulder or elsewhere. We arrive past noon with no plans to swim, and the parking lot was full, we have to turn around and drive back to the one of the other further South parking lots. We realized that the later you get there the harder it will be to get a spot and the further you will have to park away. Each parking lot is another 1/2 to 1 mile away from the clothing optional sunbathing area. We end up walking in and out for a mile just to be on that spot where naked people are flocking around.
Again, with no plans to swim or anything, we were just sitting on the sand after a mile walk, relaxing and just absorbing the shock we experienced. Of course, we act as if pretending that everything that we saw was normal, but I whispered to my husband, "Honey, we are in a whole different world." There were 20-200 exposed sunbathers. Some of them are just walking past us back and forth, as if talking a brisk walk. A couple of minute later, a naked man came standing in front of us, asking why we were not taking our clothes off yet. Imagine that, we were sitting on the sand, and there was the naked man in front of us. Again, we were pretending that everything around was normal. My husband then politely answered him that it was our first time, and that we were absorbing everything yet. "Smart answer, honey."
Florida clothing optional beach is in Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach, Florida. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the federal government, so it is not advertised as a clothing optional beach, though it is used that way. The reason for this is that there are no federal laws prohibiting this. The local governments that have limited jurisdiction over this geographic area, are not staffed for, nor are they interested in, spending a great bit of time and resources to enforce and prosecute under "their" public decency laws on federal property. So as long as people don't abuse the privilege and follow basic guidelines for non-offensive conduct, the right and accepted use of Playalinda as an awesome beach can continue.