The Orlando area's most peaceful, welcoming and natural resort
By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
A record 62 million people visited the Orlando, Florida area in 2014. Orlando has even surpassed New York as the top tourist destination in the United States. Why? Central Florida has year-round ideal weather, world-class entertainment, professional sporting events, beautiful scenery, theme parks galore and the most peaceful, welcoming and natural resort you will find anywhere - Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. Whether you are a first-time nudist or a lifelong naturist, this upscale yet laid-back 300-acre property just minutes from metro Orlando is a favorite destination of nudists and naturists from around the world.
Located in Kissimmee, Florida, Cypress Cove Nudist Resort was founded by Jim and Lyda Hadley in 1964 - years before the theme parks arrived. Cypress Cove is still run by the Hadley family today.
“My grandfather bought this property in 1962. A lot of it was originally orange groves. We opened in 1964. We have residents that have been members for 50 years and a lot of our residents have been here over 20 years,” Ted Hadley, one of Cypress Cove Resort’s current owners, told us.
As we strolled the grounds ourselves, we were greeted with smiles, waves, handshakes and complete strangers inviting us to join them for activities such as pickleball, tennis, swimming and karaoke.
We asked Ted Hadley if this friendliness is normal for Cypress Cove.
“Most people comment about how friendly people are here. You can sit next to a banker and a trucker and never know who is who. The real attraction to nudism for many is the social element. It's all about friends. When you visit Cypress Cove, you instantly become part of the group. Even as you walk down the road here, everyone waves, smiles and says hello to you. In today's world, people don't socialize like they used to. It's different here. People here really want to hang out with each other,” Hadley said.
Whether you want to have fun with a group of friends or find a quiet place alone for peace and tranquility, Cypress Cove has just what you are looking for.
For those wanting a little solitude, the resort offers a 50-acre lake and 130 acres of protected wetlands. The lakefront view is known for its quiet, natural beauty and wildlife. Complimentary kayaks, pedal boats and paddle boards are available to get away from it all with a peaceful ride to the middle of the scenic lake and back.
Are you ready for a little fun in the world-famous Florida sunshine? Cypress Cove has two heated pools and two hot tubs with Afternoon Pool Parties every weekend during the summer.
For guests who enjoy a little exercise on their vacation, Cypress Cove offers tennis, volleyball, pickleball, petanque , a 9 hole chip ‘n putt golf course and a large, modern fitness center. Various exercise and dance classes are offered during the week.
Nature Hair and Silver Lining Massage spa services are located right next to the pool.
Activity options are an important part of the Cypress Cove experience.
“Many other clubs have activities organized by a committee of volunteers. We believe activities are important to our guests so we have four staff members just in our activities department. We offer an incredible amount of activities and clubs. We have a camera club, a singing club, a remote control yacht club, cards clubs and more. We have clubs for just about everything,” Hadley said.
The Activities Department schedules live music and entertainment up to five nights a week as well as regularly scheduled costume contests, karaoke parties and dances with a live band or professional DJ.
As their website states, you can be as “active or as relaxed as you choose!”
Finding something good to eat is never a problem at Cypress Cove. The Lakeside Restaurant, Scuttlebutts Lounge and Cheeks Pool Bar offer quality food and drinks so you never have to leave the resort if you don’t want to.
Cypress Cove has a variety of lodging options for just about any traveler’s need or desire.
Lodging options include:
* Remodeled Villa Apartment
* Remodeled Villa Hotel Room
* Remodeled Villa King Room
* Villa Apartment
* Villa Hotel Room
* Villa Parlor Room
* Villa Pet Rooms
* Campground / RV Park
Campground facilities include:
* 100 amp electric service (2 x 50 amp connections, a 30 amp and a 20 amp)
* Complimentary wireless internet & cable TV
* Concrete pad on all Full Hook-up sites
* Convenient laundry & bath house facilities
* Tent & Dry Camping on the Lakefront (no hook-ups)
We asked Ted Hadley if everyone who visits Cypress Cove is comfortable participating in so many activities while nude.
“Visitors often discover how liberating it can be to not worry about how they look or dress. Our goal is to maintain a safe, welcoming environment where our guests can truly relax and feel comfortable. I've had women tell me that the most important thing for them is body acceptance. They say that the body acceptance here has changed their lives. It is incredibly liberating to be accepted just as you are,” Hadley said.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. It truly is the Orlando area's most peaceful, welcoming and natural resort.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort is located at 4425 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34746.
Their phone number is 888-683-3140
For more information, visit their website at http://www.cypresscoveresort.com
The Orlando Convention and Visitor's Bureau offers a dedicated webpage of local events, clubs and attractions at http://www.visitorlando.com
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Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2015 Sunny Harbor Publishing. Contact Us: Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956. Phone: 321-446-7552. Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
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