Haulover Beach
   One quarter of a mile of beach at the north end of Haulover Beach Park is the only public beach in Florida where nudity is legal. On a recent trip in October 2003 on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, the nude beach was packed and the remainder of the regular beach in the park was all but deserted.
   The park is located on both sides of Highway A1A between Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles Beach just north of Miami Beach. A1A through the area is Collins Avenue. The nude beach is at approximately the 15400 block of Collins. Each hundred block represents one mile. This is handy in determining how far a hotel or restaurant is from the beach. There are little services at the Beach. Parking is $4 per day and you can come and go but the lot at the north end near the nude beach has a line waiting for parking on nice weekends. You may end up walking a ways if you go late or leave in the middle of the day and plan on coming back. The next lot south is for boaters using the ramp into the bay. This fall there were lounge chairs and umbrellas available at the beach for $6 a day each. There was also a strange cargo trailer selling hot dogs and burgers right on the beach.

Where to Fly Into

   The Haulover Beach area is only a little closer to the Fort Lauderdale airport than Miami International. If you want to stay south of Haulover and closer to Miami Beach and South Beach, MIA would be the better airport. Accommodations in Hollywood Beach or Sunny Isles Beach are more convenient to FLL. Airfares into either are about the same and range from $175 to $400 and up. Both airports are served by Super Shuttle for transportation to your hotel at approximately $14 per person each way. Both airports have all major car rental agencies with locations in or near the airport. Airport taxis charge a flat rate by zone as established by Metro Miami-Dade County. Fares range from $24 to $41 each way for a person or group depending on zone.

Getting Around

   If you choose not to rent a car, there are other reasonable alternatives for getting to and from Haulover and elsewhere. Taxi rates are $1.50 for the first ¼ mile and .25 for each additional 1/8 of a mile. Miami-Dade Metro bus fare is $1.25 each way (exact change) to anywhere on the line. If you are staying along Collins Avenue from South Beach to Hollywood Beach, you can get to Haulover and back for $2.50 or to South Beach and back.

Where to Stay

   Accommodations vary greatly from $49 to $775 and up per night The four closest places to stay are just north of Haulover in Sunny Isles Beach. All were built in the 1950’s and have very reasonable rates (remember, you get what you pay for). All are within a half mile of Haulover. The Days Inn is owned by the Dezer Development Company, which owns all but 60 acres of the oceanfront in Sunny Isles and is in the process of buying the rest. Dezer recently paid $18 million for the old Suez Motel and its 11 acres a little farther north. The other three old hotels are the Ocean Palm, the Veradero I, and the Veradero II, all of which will be bulldozed to build upper end condo’s in the not too distant future as offers from Dezer are pending.
   Within five miles north are some very nice resorts, a Trump, Best Western Thunderbird, and a Ramada to name a few. Rates start at around $100. To the south is Bal Harbour where the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort has rooms starting at $289. The Sea View Hotel rates start at $235. A little further south is Surfside and the north end of Miami Beach where rooms can be obtained for as little as $65 per night and nicer facilities from $149.
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