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Key West (Florida) Trip Report

October-November 2004

My wife and I recently visited Key West and enjoyed quite a few clothing optional opportunities.

Our first stop was at Higgs Beach at the south end of White Street. Although not clothing optional, we found several topfree women enjoying the fantastic fall weather; however, never did we see more than about 25% of the women on the beach sans suit tops. There are still no official clothing optional beaches on Key West, although the Florida Keys Naturists have a petition available in the members section of their website (http://www.fkn.cc) to make a portion of Higgs Beach clothing optional. Contact FKN for more information.

An unofficial nude beach exists on Boca Chica Key, south of the Navy base. Take US1 north out of Key West, past the base on Boca Chica. Near mile marker 10 you will find a Circle K gas station on the east side of the road. Turn at this gas station on to Old Boca Chica Rd. Take this road to the end. The nude section is located beyond the barricades at the end of the road. See the Florida Keys Naturists website for exact location.

We didn't encounter too many nude folks close to the barricades, although FKN meets regularly about 20-30 feet past the barricades. Past the barricades there are several sandy areas next to the water that made for good sunbathing. Bringing your own folding chair or chaise lounge is highly recommended. We enjoyed two separate days of fully nude sunbathing at Boca Chica and were joined on both days by several single men and two couples at various points along the shore. The trail along the beach goes for about 1/2 mile before the old US1 highway branches to the right (near some large rocks close to the water) and the hiking trail continues along the shore. We found the area immediately along the shore past the large rocks (around the jut of land there) to largely be a cruising site for gay men. Overall Boca Chica is not the cleanest beach by far...you have to search for a clear piece of sand on which to set up chairs, but it's the only fully nude beach in Key West.

The Garden of Eden is a clothing optional bar located on the infamous Duval Street at the top of the Bull & Whistle. We enjoyed a few afternoon drinks there and participated in a dance contest. We visited during Fantasy Fest 2004 and participated in the local festivities. What fun joining the many bodies clad only in paint running around town in the evenings as the week's festivities progressed! A definite highlight of the trip and highly recommended!

We would love to see more sanctioned nude recreation down around the Keys. The weather is fantastic and there's much to do. Visit the FKN website to find out more about how to help. Tom & Kylie

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