Located just north of the Kennedy Space Center, Playalinda Beach is part of the Canaveral National Seashore and is the southernmost of two public beaches in this park area. The northernmost beach is Apollo Beach which is accessed from New Smyrna Beach. This beautiful shoreline boasts some of the least developed and natural beachfront available in the state.
Strolling along the shoreline or inland ecosystems provide abundant opportunities for the naturalist adventure seeker. The inland lagoon and waterways support a diverse population of local wildlife and a vast array of Florida native species along with migratory birds can be spotted from the pull off parking areas provided along the roadway. Roadside stopping is not permitted, so visitors should plan to utilize these stops for photographic opportunities in the area.
The natural characteristic of this beach includes limited facilities and amenities available. Toilets available at the parking areas provide no running water and there are no showers available in this park. Boardwalks to the beach are provided and occasionally closed due to maintenance concerns. There is a small fishing platform on the Mosquito Lagoon side of the park provided for anglers in addition to the miles of shoreline for off shore fishing. Fishing regulations are enforced, so be sure to check with local authorities or tackle shops for further information.
Visitors to this National Park should be aware that the northernmost area of the beach adjacent to parking area 13 (as well as the southernmost area of Apollo Beach Park) are commonly utilized by naturist (as opposed to “naturalist”) enthusiasts. While local and state laws govern nudity in public areas, the regulation of this national park is largely performed by park officials and there are no federal laws related to this controversial activity.
Whereas state and local law enforcement do not seek to expend a great deal of resources to enforce local nudity ordinances, it is common to encounter individuals in both of these areas enjoying the beach unclothed. Obscene acts or activity is not tolerated and should be reported to park officials if observed, but one should be prepared when traveling along the shore in these areas to observe a “clothing optional” lifestyle.
When heading south from parking area 1, individuals will note that the beach is closed to public access a short distance from the parking area. This area of the park fronts the space center and is restricted in this area.
Links and information beneficial to your enjoyment of this key coastal area are provided below: