Review of Sunsport Gardens & Mid-Winter Naturist Festival of 2013

After the bare cruise, Jordan and I continued our naked experiences to Sunsport Gardens for the last few days of the The Naturist Society’s Mid-Winter Naturist Festival of February 2013. When we first stepped off the boat that Sunday, it was shockingly cold!
The last day of the cruise had been wet, and exactly the same weather had strike in Florida, bringing in colder temperatures. But, the sun had come out, and we were very much looking forward to the festival and seeing Sunsport Gardens for the very first time.
Sunsport Gardens Pool Photo by Steve Ziegler

It turns out “Gardens” is an appropriate name. When we ventured in, what immediately struck me is how friendly the property are in tropical flowers and vegetation. It brought back recent memories of the Costa Rican jungle.
I had previously heard several folks refer to Sunsport as “rustic.” Once I saw it, I believed they must be individuals who don’t get around too much. They have most of the facilities you’d expect to find at an effective nudist club, and everything seems modern and well-preserved.
There is a heated pool, sauna, in ground hot tub, volleyball and tennis courts, clubhouse and large rec hall. There’s a playground and pool slide as well for all the children who live at Sunsport or visit. There is a pond and lake (not for swimming) and several picturesque walking .
Sunsport Gardens View of a Pond
The clubhouse is well-furnished with a pool table, couches, two TV’s, clip game consoles, and other games. It is also where the meals are served for the festival, and folks took their plates to eat at the picnic tables just outside. On normal non-holiday days, there’s a cafe open 6 days a week that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. (I can not speak for the food because we didn’t have any, but the menu is online. Food is super affordable.) At the back of the clubhouse is a laundry room with several washers and dryers.
Sunsport Gardens Pool Photo by Steve Ziegler
There are both outdoor and indoor showers, and I rather enjoyed the indoor shower room, which can be largely enclosed but still lets in plenty of light through the glass doors. As opposed to the customary detergent-quality soap found in public shower dispensers, theirs had all-natural soaps and quality shampoo.
The camping sites are scattered throughout the grounds, wherever there’s empty yard space. We had an un-serviced campsite situated off among the trails, only a two minute walk away from the primary place. There are lots of RV sites and trailers.
Like many clubhouses Sunsport has a policy of “nudity anticipated” (weather permitting), and it is demanded in the pool, hot tub and sauna area. Their general doctrine is a nice throwback to traditional naturism with an emphasis on healthy living, eco friendly practices, and most importantly (to us), acceptance.
They state on their homepage and in other places: “Sunsport welcomes naturists of most ages no matter race, faith, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disabling condition.” Most clubs casually mention that individuals of all body types are accepted, but Sunsport makes it a point to say they welcome diversity and all kinds of folks. We like this, given our own doctrine of recognition.
Because of the dreary weather, the festival wasn’t as well-attended as it normally is. But this didn’t change the workshop program, and we still got to enjoy a myriad of actions with friends old and new. Many of the workshops are like what is offered at the Northeast Naturist Festival in the summer: discussions on topics related to naturism, healthful living workshops, dancing courses, drum circles, pudding toss and numerous “new age” actions. Nevertheless, you’ll find always new things offered and new folks to meet at the festivals, especially in a distinct region.
Tarot Card Workshop -Jpg by Steve Ziegler
In particular I enjoyed making my own earrings, learning a West African dance of party with Zen, learning how Kombucha beer is made, and listening to some live musical concert entitled “Peace, Love & P’opera” by Armand and Angelina (it was quite unique).
In short, I Had say Sunsport is among my favorite clubs in Florida, and I highly recommend seeing if you’ve never been. It’s also a FKK affiliate club, so if you are a FKK member under 30, that means reasons fees are just $6/day! This might be the most economical young-naturist rate in the state. Even the price for unaffiliated visitors is on the low end at $24/day.
Learn more about Sunsport on their web site at
This re view of Sunsport Gardens and the Mid-Winter Naturist Festival was published by – – Young Naturists And Naturists America FKK