Haulover Park

Picnic Area

By: Kara Franker | Jan 29, 2019

All You Need to Know About Miami’s Haulover Park

One of Miami’s most historic county parks, Haulover Park is a playground for thousands of visitors every year. Open to the public since 1948, the park is known for its beautiful pristine beaches, restored sand dunes and palm tree shaded picnic grounds. But perhaps the most famous aspect of the park is the fact that a section of the sand is designated as a nude beach. The northern part of the beach has been clothing-optional since 1991.

How Haulover Park Got Its Name

The park has plenty of interesting history and folklore. There are three theories about how Haulover Park got its name. One such theory is that during Prohibition, boats arrived there from the Bahamas to deliver whiskey to be “hauled over” from the beach to the Intercoastal Waterway where speed boats would be waiting to whisk it away to other towns along the coast.

Others say the name comes from a barefoot mailman who delivered mail on foot and by boat between Palm Beach and Miami during the late 1800s. At that time there were no roads connecting the route, so he walked along the beach and supposedly had to cross the inlet by “hauling over” his mail from the beach to the bay.

The most likely namesake is a man named Edward Baker who frequently fished the waters before the turn of the century. He and his crew carried their fresh catch across the shoal to the beach, and the first “haulover” took half a day because they had to hack their way through the mangroves with machetes.

For a while, the area was known as Baker’s Haulover, until it was officially renamed Haulover Park in 1947. At that time the park was designed by historic architect William Lyman Phillips, also known for his developments of Matheson Hammock Park, Greynolds Park, Crandon Park and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens—all gorgeous areas in Miami.

Marina, Dog Park, Kite-Flying Festival & Skate Park

Today the park features a popular fishing pier that serves as home base for a handful of fishing and diving boats. Many recreational boaters utilize the popular marina to launch into the water for a day of fun in the sun. There’s also a snack stand and an area to rent beach chairs and umbrellas.

The dog park is a big draw for locals and visitors alike. Dubbed Bark Park, the dog-friendly area of the park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset every day of the week and features plenty of shade, as well as designated areas for both small and large dogs. There is a $2 fee to use these facilities. And make sure you take your furry friend to the off-leash dog beach, which is open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is located between lifeguard towers #2 and #3.

Also located in Haulover Park, a company called Skyward Kites sells kites, windsocks, wind spinners and more. Every year, Skyward Kites hosts various free kite festivals like the annual Kiteober Festival in October. See everything from a 100-foot flying squid to a 150-foot flying rainbow and more.

A partnership between the City of Sunny Isles Beach and Miami-Dade County, the Skate Park & Pump Track at Haulover Park is a great opportunity to practice tricks on wheels with a beautiful backdrop. The Skate Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

If You Go

The park is located at 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154. On weekdays, parking is $5 for cars (there’s an additional $1 surcharge for the North Lot) and on weekends, parking is $7 for cars. Just an FYI that no flotation devices are allowed on the beach.

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