Paradise Lakes is one of the largest clothing optional resort in the United States located near Tampa on almost 100 acres. This full-service nudist resort includes permanent homes, condominiums, hotel rooms, restaurants, boutiques, swimming pools, hot tubs and even a nude disco, a real hoot to visit.
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Note: The “Resort at Paradise Lakes” near Tampa, Florida recently was purchased by Jerry & Patti Buchannan, originally from Minnesota. We met them November 2012 at the resort and can report they are committed to the project to return the property to its past glory. Here’s what has been reported in the NUSA Sun issue, Volume 4, Number 11, by Jack Gipson, publisher.
The “Resort at Paradise Lakes” under the new ownership of Jerry & Patti Buchannan is doing its part in leading this new spirit. Having made many “behind the scenes” improvements in just the first month of ownership (including kitchen equipment, pool pumps and equipment, computer and systems upgrades, some personnel changes and general spiffing up) the Buchannans are rapidly gaining the support and enthusiasm of residents, members and the amazed approval of those who used to be members and have stopped by to check out the new owners.”
This resort web page will be updated as additional changes and improvements are reported.
Paradise Lakes is 17 miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida, near the freeway leading out of town. The resort does not have a beach. The complex is near several other nudist resorts and close to many restaurants and shopping centers. Another attraction is that it’s close to Busch Gardens and Disneyworld, too. Clearwater Beach, Tarpon Springs and Sarasota are all nearby.
Tampa is easily reached from anywhere by car, planes and trains. Tampa’s modern airport is just 30-40 minutes away by car. There is a toll way next to the Tampa Airport that will put you at the resort in less than 30 minutes if you’re driving. Tolls cost about $1.50-$2, one way.
For visitors, Paradise Lakes operates just like any other resort, except you’re butt naked all the time. You can rent poolside hotel rooms for two to multi-story condominiums that can sleep 6-8 people. You do not have to be a member of any organization to visit or stay there, although ANNR and TNS members enjoy a discount off of the daily service fees. Other services include two (2) swimming pools, two hot tubs, many clothing (why-?) boutiques, a nude disco called Club Fred, tennis courts, restaurants, a poolside snack shop and bar, fishing lake and workout area.
A Key West feel to the place, where everyone seems to know everyone else–never seems to be a stranger around and just about everyone is friendly. If you feel like you’re a stranger, it’s your own fault–say hello to someone, make friends and enjoy yourself.
We don’t have any scheduled trips to Paradise Lakes. But that doesn’t mean its not a great place for two, three or even dozens of couples to get together for a group trip. If you have other couples that might want to join you, please contact us and see what kind of group trip deals we might be able to package especially for you.
Numerous possibilities abound from Busch Gardens, to Disneyworld and Orlando, to the perfect white sands on the Gulf at nearby Clearwater Beach. Golf is available close by and all types of shopping and dining are near. A visit to the older section of Tampa called Ybor City is fun to see where the Cuban cigar makers and ethnic neighborhoods had their beginnings. You can even choose to sail on a conventional (real “clothed”) cruise ship that stops there like Carnival or the Regal Empress.
There are on site restaurants and bars to choose from. If you choose to go off site, there are numerous dining opportunities just outside the main gate of the resort from fast food and franchise meals to fine dining in Tampa and Clearwater.
Poolside hotel room rates start at about $75-85/room/night. Condos start about $110/room/night. Some condos have a hot tub. There is a charge of about $25/person/day for ground use, fees and taxes. Small discounts are available for extended stays. Although poolside hotel rooms are Spartan, they’re our favorite since the rooms are closest to all the facilities in the club house and at the pool.
Rates, terms, conditions, day fees and discount policy are subject to change without notice.
▲ The Changes in Lattitudes lounge includes the most fun nude disco you can find…. with no clothes on.
▼ No beach
▲ There is a small lake at the back of the property, adjacent to Lake Como for relaxing and fishing.
▲ Paradise Lakes has lots of fun, organized activities for its members to enjoy, such as intense water volleyball games, dance contests to courtesy buses to Florida ports to catch nude cruises that may depart from there for its annual sailing.
▲ Nice touch is some of the distant condos on the property include a golf cart to putter around in.
▲▼ Lots of rules. If you stay in a hotel room adjacent to the nude pool, you cannot bring in food or drink that you personally purchased on the outside.
You see them all here. A little more older, mature crowd during the winter, especially those escaping the northern US weather and a little younger crowd of singles and couples during the summer and fall. Guest range from anywhere between late teens to 80’s.
Best Time To Go
Spring, summer and fall. Winter time weather can vary from perfect to unpredictable since central Florida can be cool occasionally. Most times it’s nice, but you never know about Mother Nature.
● Figure out a way to have a beautiful Florida beach with white crystal sand open to the ocean–but it’s just a pipe dream since Paradise Lakes is miles from the ocean.
We have very few photos of Paradise Lakes so we’d love it if you’ve been and have some you can contribute . To contribute you own photos (or trip reports), go to our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page.
If you have recently visited Paradise Lakes, we would appreciate you contributing a trip report. You can contribute to this section buy using our Contribute Trip Report / Photographs page. Here are a few we have from recent visitors.
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Seriously… If you’ve recently visited Paradise Lakes… we’d love for you to share your impressions. See the contribution link above. Thanks.