Located at the northern end of the Canaveral National Seashore, Apollo Beach is one of New Smyrna’s hidden gems and top attractions in the area – definitely a traveler’s must-visit. The Canaveral National Seashore boasts some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in New Smyrna and Apollo Beach is no exception. If you’re striving for a calm and rejuvenating day off at the seashore, this beach is a place of choice for you!
Location and Access
You can find Apollo Beach at County Road A1A in the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach. The beach is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer months and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter. The entrance fee is $3 per person over 16 years old.
Parking can be challenging during the summer season so it’s better to arrive early in the morning to make sure you get a parking space, otherwise, you may have to wait until somebody leaves. Once the parking lot is full, they will close the gates and not allow anyone else on the beach. Be aware that you’ll have to walk a few hundred yards from the lot to the beach – and carry all your stuff with you.
There aren’t many amenities on Apollo Beach and you should bring water, food, and anything you might need with you. However, there are restrooms and if you need to rinse the sand off your body and feet, you can use an outdoor shower next to the toilets at lot #1.
You should know that some parts of the beach are recognized as clothing-optional – pay attention to signs designating such areas. Thus, if you’re looking forward to some nude sunbathing and swimming, you should go south of parking lots #4 and #5. If not, just stay away from that area.
This place is very popular, so in high season, you may have to walk a little until you find a more secluded spot on the sand. The nude part of Apollo Beach sees visitors of all ages, shapes, and sizes and people don’t pay inappropriate attention to each other, so it’s easy to take off your clothes and just relax.
Sand and Water
The sand consists of crushed coquina shells. The beach stretches for about 5 miles offering enough space for its visitors. The water is clean, clear, and bright blue – just gorgeous and so enjoyable to swim.
The shallow area is quite wide. Nevertheless, you should exercise caution in the water since there are sometimes strong currents and rough surfs. Unfortunately, the beach has no lifeguards.
- 50 minutes from Daytona Beach, FL
- 1 hour 25 minutes from Orlando, FL
- 2 hours 35 minutes from Tampa, FL
Additionally, there's another beach near Apollo Beach which you can visit:
- Playalinda Beach (14 miles)