Canaveral National Seashore: Parking Area, Beach Ramp, Restroom Information

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Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach


PARKING, BEACH ACCESS
Both Apollo, the north beach, and Playalinda, the south beach, have multiple parking areas for vehicles. Each parking area has a wooden walkway for beach access. Some are ramp ready for beach carts or wheel chairs. We are locals and have spent time surf fishing many areas throughout Canaveral National Seashore, but the upgrades continue at each Parking Area. Only the latest information will do. All photos current as of August 2019.


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Playalinda Parking Areas 1, 3,  and 5 have stadium style full ramps and stairs right down to the beach and handicapped parking spots. 1, 3, 5 are located beachside.

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 3

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 5

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 5


2 Oversize parking for RV owners. 3 spots are designated RV but 15 spots are oversized. 3 handicapped parking spots designated, but ramp is steep. Beachside parking. As of September 2019, Area 2 has been closed for repairs, call ahead to check if you will be needing the oversized parking areas 1-386-428-3384 ex.0.

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 2


4 has a ramp but is steeper incline and if you have a fishing cart, the poles have to come off your cart until you get under the "header". The design of this ramp is something to behold. Beachside parking.

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 4

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 4

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5 has a full stadium ramp and stairs to the beach, is beachside, and has designated handicapped parking areas.

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 5

Canaveral National Seashore Parking Area 5


6 This beachside ramp has been under construction since before March 2019. A Canaveral National Seashore Park Ranger told us parking area 8 should be next. We were told by the fall. Let's hope the design is still an easy go for wheelchairs and beach carts =)

Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 6

Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 6

Eddy Creek Parking Area is on the west side of the road, but the beach access ramp isn't too steep. Eddy Creek also has a nice gazebo picnic area up the ramp with a nice view of the ocean. The west side of Eddy Creek has parking for boat trailers, boat launch, the William Bartram Trail, and an awesome walk-out pier for manatee viewing. Kayak, canoe, and shore fishing yields nice sized redfish and black drum, among other species. Fiddler crabs make for good bait. These can often be found here by the boat launch.

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7 has beachside parking, handicapped designated spots, and a full stadium ramp to the beach.

Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 7

8 has a slow easy ramp and handicapped parking spots. Refurbishing of ramp 8 should begin in the fall, according to a Canaveral National Seashore Park Ranger. We were told the design will facilitate extraction efforts for Emergency Response Teams and equipment. UTV's currently have no beach access for emergency purposes. It is likely that RV'ers will not have area 2 parking access during construction time. Call Visitors Center 1-386-428-3384 ex.0 for Oversized Parking Information before heading out in the fall of 2019. We were told that construction will not begin until parking area 6 is complete.

Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 8

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9 and 10 have beachside access with stadium ramp and stairs to beach.



Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 10

11 and 12 have a few stairs (about 3-5) upon entering the beach and are on the west side across the road. UPDATE: Since the September 2019 storms, all of the steps have emerged as erosion relocated the sand piles off the steps.


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Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 12


13 The last Parking Area at both Apollo (travelling south) and Playalinda (13 travelling north) are designated nude beaches. While nudity is not an offense to be arrested for in Volusia County, it is in Brevard County. Law enforcement generally does not enforce this law. As long as there are no complaints, Law Enforcement usually doesn't involve themselves but those choosing clothing optional are expected to stay in their zones. There is a sign warning of the "clothing optional" areas around parking area 13. 

Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 13


RESTROOMS
All Playalinda parking areas have restrooms. There is no running water at any facility. Below is an early morning picture of the area 8 restroom. The rest are similar with one person stalls. One for men, one for women, door locks, trash cans.


Canaveral National Seashore Playalinda Beach Parking Area 8 Restroom


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We will go inspect each area before the end of 2019 and post the findings here. We covered Playalinda first, then onto Apollo.




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