Apollo Beach, Canaveral National Seashore
GPS Coordinates: 28.936874,-80.830345
Visitor information phone number: 386-428-3884 ext 0.
Hours: Summer, 6 am to 8 pm; Winter, 6 am to 6 pm.
Cost: $5 for cars and motorcycles; $1 for bicycles and pedestrians.
Apollo Beach is reached by driving south on Highway A1A (S. Atlantic Ave) for 8 or 9 miles to
the entrance of the National Park. Five parking lots behind the dunes are widely spaced and only have room for
about 300 cars. It’s just a few steps to the dune walkover and then to the beach. Once the spaces are full, the
park gates are closed and no more cars are allowed into the park. This means that if you really want to visit
Apollo Beach, you’d better arrive early on weekends and holidays. Each parking area has basic bathroom facilities
just like Playalinda Beach.
Apollo Beach is part of Canaveral National Seashore. It is managed by the Federal Government, rather than the
state or local authorities.
Driving on the beach is not permitted. If you see vehicle tracks on the beach they generally belong to the
turtle patrol or state park four-wheelers.
At the most remote #5 southern access point you may encounter a few nudists. They park at the access point and
then walk south for several hundred yards so as to be very discreet. They are generally so far away from the access
that you really can’t tell they are nude unless you have a telephoto lens or binoculars. The largest percentage of
the nudists seems to be gay men.
- Metal detecting is NOT allowed on National Seashore beaches, pursuant to the Code of
Federal Regulations (CFR 36).
- You may consume alcoholic beverages in the park as long as you are of legal age (21).
However, glass containers are not allowed on the beach or on the dune crossovers.
- Pets are not allowed on the beach or on the dune crossovers.
Lifeguards: There are no lifeguards or beach patrol.
There are 2 campsites at Apollo Beach (directly on the beach), available by reservation from November 1 through
mid-April. A $10 permit is required. This is one of the best and quietest real primitive and remote beach camping
spots in Florida. Reservations can be made up to 7 days in advance. There are no facilities or utilities, and no
car camping is allowed. Call 386-428-3384 ext. 10 for information. Go to the Canaveral National Seashore official
web site and type “camping” in the search box to get to a document on backcountry camping. At the time of this
writing, here is the link: http://www.nps.gov/cana/index.htm
Accessible ramps are located in parking areas 1A, 3 and 5. Restroom facilities are handicap accessible. A
special beach wheelchair may be available. Inquire at the Visitor Information Center. It’s always best to call
ahead and verify. The wheelchairs are not self-propelled, so require assistance.
This is a remote National Seashore beach. The only amenities are paved parking areas, trash cans and toilets.
Since there is no running water, there are no drinking fountains or rinse-off showers. You’re on your own.
Above: Handicap parking next to beach ramp over dunes.
Above: Dune crosseover at Apollo Beach.
Above: Beach ramp, Apollo Beach. The tide is quite high in this photo, so the beach is narrow.
Above: Low tide at Apollo Beach. Plenty of beach to play on.
Above: Late afternoon with a high tide and a stiff breeze off the Atlantic Ocean.
Above: Scenic drive along Canaveral National Seashore's Apollo Beach. Ocean is to the left, on the other side of
Above: Heavy surf whips up thick sea foam. (It's not soap or pollution.)
Above: The sand on Apollo Beach is light brown because of a high content of shell and mineral fragments.