I've been going to Cypress Cove in nearby Kissimmee Florida off and on for around 30 years. I returned from a nice day visit there today and I realized that I've never talked about it in this blog. I had written about it in a series of Geocities web pages I authored back in the day when that service was still in business. But apparently not here.
A few things have changed about the place. But thankfully, not much. It used to be in a very rural area south of town surrounded by low end trailer parks and campsites. Now, it's directly off a four lane divided highway with the nicely manicured entrance at a traffic light directly across from the local Lowes superstore. The sign now just says "Cypress Cove" (not mentioning it's a nudist resort). But that's OK. The locals all know what it is, and they're fine with it being there.
They've added another pool and some nice shops, but they're hemmed in on all sides and I assume they can't afford to buy any of the adjacent properties. Even so, it's pretty big. Hundreds of people live there in mid to high end manufactured homes. Most of the homes are meticulously landscaped and well maintained by their owners. There's lots of room for visiting and seasonal RVs (it's pretty full now), and they have have several modern condo style buildings with rooms for visitors who aren't equipped for or desiring campground accommodations. Add to that a well equipped gym, lots of outdoor sports facilities, a big pool side bar and grill in it's own building, and a fancy restaurant on their nice little lake.
It still has the look and feel of a mature, efficient, well kept up and well run local family owned place that isn't trying to weird or different. Instead, it just looks and feels like a second home to those of us who live in and visit the area.
That said, I had a rocky start with them. In my early 20's after having gone to several nude beaches, I decided to give them a call to see if I could visit their establishment. I was given the cold shoulder and pretty much told that as a single male, I wasn't welcome. That turned me off to the point that it was another year or so before I tried a different, more single male friendly club. Only years later, as an "affiliated" visitor with AANR membership and an established membership in the "travel club" that supported Playalinda Beach on the Atlantic coast east of them, did I call again and was finally welcome to visit.
After several visits, they gave me a reference number to use that pretty much waves me in anytime I want to visit, even though I haven't kept up my memberships elsewhere.
The patrons there are mostly middle aged or retired, which suits me more now than it did back then. Very laid back and friendly, but not a lot of younger people there with their families.
Today's visit was the opposite of the deprivation chamber experience I talked about a couple of weeks ago. Sunny, mid-70's, nice breeze. Perfect. Deliciously sensual without anyone feeling uncomfortable with anyone. No (obvious) swingers and though nudity is expected everywhere, it's only rigidly enforced (as with most clubs) around and in the pool and hot tubs.
It's a great place to introduce middle age and above non-nudists to what it's all about. Young adults would probably enjoy going with a group like the Florida Young Naturists to a club like Sunsport Gardens in South Florida, that caters to the younger crowd who aren't looking for or needing fancy facilities.