Review of Lake Como Nudist Resort in Pasco County, Florida
Lake Como Nudist Resort Florida Reviewed:
Lake Como is one of the many nudist resorts located in what’s known as the “nudist capital” of America – Pasco County, Florida. Though Como holds the honor of being the first nudist resort in Pasco County, established in 1941.
Como is a big place with 196 acres, 109 year round mobile home sites, 75 seasonal RV sites (currently with a waiting list) and over 1,000 members. The resort was privately owned up until 1997, when the members bought it and restructured it into a co-op.
Of the 196 acres, 79 are cypress wetlands, and 32 are pine wood. The pine wood has replaced their old orange groves and their 35 acre lake is, of course, a big part of the resort.
*Though this being Florida, the lake is not for swimming – there are gators! (Jordan still remembers swimming in a lake as a kid with his family at one of the nudist resorts in Florida, until someone told them to get out of water because of alligators. He thinks this happened at Lake Como.)
Part of the undeveloped land is a dedicated nature preserve with 4 miles of trails. I have to say it was quite lovely to wander through the tall pines.
I even came across some gopher tortoises scuffling near their underground burrow.
Other creatures are more permanent fixtures on the trail – one of the members there is a talented wood sculptor who carves sculptures of animals and other figures.
Como would definitely be called a rustic place, especially when compared with the more ritzy clubs nearby. But I don’t mean “rustic” in a bad way. It’s a matter of personal preference.
They have most of the facilities one would look for in a club – a hot tub encased by a screen cover, outdoor heated pool, restaurant, a bar they call the “Butt Hutt,” and recreation hall, all within the same area.
In a different section of the property they have some really nicely developed sports facilities.
On weekends they have live bands and stand-up comedy shows at the Butt Hutt. The outside deck of the bar offers a scenic view of the lake.
Aside from a game of water volleyball, it was a mostly quiet weekday around the pool when I visited. However the members are very friendly, and it’s easy to strike up a conversation with someone.
(The office staff can be a little rough around the edges, but it is a co-op after all.)
There are some rooms and cabins you can rent for overnight stays. Their newer South Grove “housekeeping” cabins looked charming, and I’m told they’re very popular.
But I didn’t stay overnight, so I can’t review them myself just yet.
Their restaurant, called the Bare Buns Cafe, is adjacent to the pool. (I didn’t try the food either.) Right now it’s the oldest building on the property, and it’s about to be demolished in just a few days to rebuild an entirely new one.
Below is a photo of their current restaurant and the layout plan of the new one:
They’ve put a lot of money and effort into an area they call their “Sports Center.” They have golf driving range / golf course, five clay tennis courts with an observation deck and ten volleyball courts. I thought their sand volleyball courts looked beautiful.
These courts allow them to host their big annual 10-day nude volleyball tournament called Super Bowl South (usually takes place in March).
They also have petanque and pickle ball courts. For lake activities, you can take out a pedal boat or kayak out on the water.
Aside from the tournaments, though, it would seem the sports facilities aren’t enjoyed as much as they once were. Como members are mostly the older, retired “empty-nester” crowd.
They were once the biggest nudist club in the U.S. with over 3,000 members in the 70’s. In my opinion, there is no reason they shouldn’t have at least another 1,000 members today. Yes, there’s more competition now, but I’ll say what we always say: marketing.
Lake Como is a YNA affiliate club, and aside from Sunsport Gardens, they are the only other resort I know of where young adults age 18-30 can get in for only $6 / day with an affiliate membership! Or $12 / day without.
They are also very inclusive and make a point of saying they don’t discriminate based on marital status, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Both genital and nipple piercings are permitted. A+ for inclusivity!!!
If I lived in the Tampa area, Lake Como would probably be one of my top choices of clubs to join, if not my first. I always prefer the more natural settings to be naked in, as well as places that have an anti-discrimination policy.
Lake Como is definitely in line with the naturist values that we’re trying to bring back!
This Florida nudist resort review of Lake Como was published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America