California Nudist Beaches

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All Natural, All West Coast

Summer is, believe it or not, winding down. If you’ve yet to hit the road or the runway, this may be a good time to sneak in a quick trip to the coast – in this case the Golden Coast.

The nudist lifestyle is well represented throughout California thanks to a plethora of naturalist-friendly beaches. Check out our list for an old favorite or a must try, and then get to finding some flight deals.

Choose from these clothing-optional beaches in California, and let us know if we’ve missed any!

Black’s Beach in San Diego

Set in La Jolla, Black’s Beach is divided into the southern and northern region – the northern being the nudist-friendly here. Owned and operated by the California Department of Parks & Recreation, Black’s Beach is said the first and largest public nude beach in the country.

Baker Beach in San Francisco

This half-mile stretch of shoreline neighbors the Golden Gate Bridge in the Presidio of San Francisco. Though swimming is not common at Baker Beach, nude sunbathing most certainly is – mostly within the northern sector of the beach.

San Gregorio Nude Beach in San Mateo County

Said to the most continually used nudist beach in history, the private San Gregorio Nude Beach – adjacent to the San Gregorio State Beach – is found just south of San Francisco and west of San Jose on the Pacific Ocean.

Gaviota Beach, Santa Barbara County

Found on Highway 101, Gaviota Beach is located northwest of Santa Barbara on the central California coast. Set in Gaviota State Park, this secluded nude beach is encircled by high cliffs, and even yields whale watching.

The Crater, Monterey County

Another nude beach along the Pacific Coast Highway, the Crater is so named thanks to its valley or bowl shaped shores. Located in Seaside near Monterey and Salinas,  The Crater is a secluded spot neighboring Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

Bonny Doon Beach, Santa Cruz County

Found near Coast Dairies State Park just west of Santa Cruz, Bonny Doon Beach is a popular nudist beach and former 60s hangout. Follow Highway 1 to Bonny Doon’s known wind-protected cove.

 

Notes to beach goers: California nudity laws vary by county, city, park, you name it – so be sure to get the score before heading out. Next, sunscreen and shoes are heavily advised, while swimming may not be – especially in northern California. Last, have a blast.

Go Topless Day 2014!

'.Go Topless Day 2014!.'

GoTopless Day 2014

Equal Topless Right For All

This Sunday is GoTopless Day 2014 – an event supporting women’s “rights to go topless in public on the basis of gender equality” according to the official Web site at gotopless.org.

For Phoenix attendees, this annual, worldwide event will be held at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix on Sunday, August 24. It’s all happening from 10 a.m. to noon at Indian School Road and 3rd Street.

Since its debut in 2008, GoTopless Day is always held on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day on August 26 – the day women were granted equal voting rights in 1920.

Both the event and the non-profit organization were founded by American spiritual leader Rael, whose mission is simple, “As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right.”

Gotopless.org is also a source for topless laws in the United States, the latest efforts in topless freedoms, and an online petition for “women’s constitutional right to go topless in public.”

Originating in Nevada, GoTopless Day has now caught on throughout the United States as events are scheduled in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Honolulu, and more. GTD has even spread to Canada, Europe, Israel, and Africa.

According to current Arizona law, “A person commits indecent exposure if he or she exposes his or her genitals or anus or she exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts and another person is present, and the defendant is reckless about whether the other person, as a reasonable person, would be offended or alarmed by the act.” This does not include public breast-feeding.

The rules for Phoenix’s 2014 GoTopless Day ask for female attendees to at least wear pasties by the start of the event at 10 a.m. However, male participants are encouraged to do the same.

Nine Toptional Pools in Vegas

'.Nine Toptional Pools in Vegas.'

For those singles looking to mingle, or just get a thorough tan, or even just feel more natural, Vegas is your answer.

Las Vegas is this distinct city you might have heard of, where the bold can bare, and the unique can thrive. This is largely due to the diverse atmosphere in which Vegas operates, so pack your bikini top, sure, but don’t plan on it getting too much use.

Here are nine topless swimming and watering holes in the Entertainment Capital, in no order in particular.

Topless Allowed

Bare Pool Lounge @ The Mirage

This pool is open daily, with an approximate admission charge of $10 for ladies, $20 for gentlemen. This palm-tree-encircled dipping spot featuring day beds, cabanas, VIP sections, and more – even the toptional Sunday Brunch.

Venus Pool Club @ Caesars Palace

Operating from April to October, the Venus Pool Club features a luxury pool setting from 11 a.m. to sunset. Enjoy swim-up blackjack tables and Goddess-served mojitos until you’ve had your fill.

European Pool @ Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Open to topless hotel guests from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This European-style soak also features onsite blackjack tables, an incredible l0ougning area, and of course, cocktails.

Marquee Dayclub @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

For great music mixed with your toptional experience, check out the Marquee Dayclub from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Cabanas and bungalows reign supreme, but not as supreme as your ultimate view of the Las Vegas Strip from this ultimate daytime hangout.

Moorea Beach Club @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

For those looking for the upscale spots, Moorea Beach Club runs Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Classy or no, this topless Vegas pool still yields mirrored ceilings, plenty of cushioned surfaces, and a stripper pole.

Naked Pool @ the Artisan Hotel Boutique

In this boutique-hotel atmosphere, Naked Pool features a unique spin on “Adult Swim.” This is not your typical Vegas pool, so you artsy types can easily feel at home. Open daily throughout the year, Naked pool is accessed from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TAO Beach @ The Venetian

The Venetian’s TAO Beach bares all from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March through October. Though a more intimate atmosphere, TAO still features food, massages, and of course, drinks.

Sorta Topless

Sapphire Pool & Dayclub @ Sapphire Las Vegas

This three-tier pool club is open from noon to 6 p.m. each weekend, and offers up DJs, luxury locker rooms, cabanas, shopping areas, and plenty of drinks. Sapphire goes as far as pasties as swimwear, but still brings the party.

DayDream, the Pool Club @ M Resort

Run hot and cold at the Daydream Pool Club, thanks to hot tubs and the ice-railed bar. Set in Henderson (ideal for those not looking to make it Strip-side) Daydream is open weekends and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is also a pasties-yet-party environment.

Unfortunately, even in sin-city no hotels are willing to allow the full monty, so nudists will have to vacation elsewhere.

Nudism in Television

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Contrasting Shows for Summer Watching

Nudism has made its way to television thanks to the onslaught of reality TV shows covering almost every lifestyle imaginable in the past decade. Not to be cliché, but if you’re looking to get out of the heat, nude television can run hot or cold this summer.

Two shows, both keeping a positive perspective on nudism – being it makes you more cool-headed and even tougher – are airing right now.

HOT!

Buying Naked by TLC

A reality series airing on TLC, Buying Naked premiered in November 2013 – and is still in its first season. The show focuses on Pasco County, better known as the Nudist Capital of America as this west-central Florida region is said to have the nation’s largest concentration of nudist communities.

Buying Naked follows realtor Jackie Youngblood, who claims to be “nudist real estate expert.” BN is also highly informative – for both nudists and non-nudists. The show covers a lot of real estate tips and blunders, and breaks down the ideal home for nudist couples appearing on the show. Furniture textures, countertop height, the amount of windows and background privacy are all covered – though not all is covered. One point is driven home: These women still want big closets!

BN also features “Nudist Rules” – focusing mostly on naturalism etiquette like shaking hands versus hugging as a way of introduction, maintaining eye contact, etc.

This show is very light, even family-friendly. Cheery music boings around in the background, non-nudist realtors giggle and squirm as they step out of their comfort zone, and genitalia is concealed by household items and center pieces. But mostly, BN showcases excited couples buying homes, people maintaining their lawns under the sun, wet bars, pools, and puns galore.

COLD!

Naked & Afraid

The Discovery Channel is home to Naked & Afraid, a reality program premiering in June of 2013 and now airing its third season.

Though this may seem like yet another survivalist series, the show features two, non-acquainted, male/female contestants who are meant to survive in an assigned location for three weeks in the nude. It’s all in the name with this one.

Locations have included Madagascar, Malaysia, Peru, Fiji, and the swamps of Louisiana. About the lightest thing about this show are the episode titles, which include “The Pain Forest” and “Hearts of Darkness.”

N&A takes on a pretty serious tone as after the initial and awkward-for-partners introductions. The intense conditions create an educational atmosphere for viewers, as the contestants and stoic narrator touch on geography, botany, biology, and survival skills.

This isn’t a show about nudists, but participants remain naked – and pretty sunburned – as they boil water, dig for crab, tend to blisters, and swat at bugs. Let’s just say “viewer discretion is advised” on this one for any weak-stomached witnesses.

Arizona Nudist-Friendly Trails

'.Arizona Nudist-Friendly Trails.'

Arizona Nudist-Friendly Trails

Five Clothing-Optional Hikes in AZ

If you’re more of a doer than a lounger, Arizona features an array of hiking options for the clothing-optional.

Nudist hiking spots can usually take place in a national forest, and can often end with a soak in some natural hot springs. Many naturist organizations lead guided hikes for fellow naturists, including Canyon State Naturists, Arizona Wildflowers, and Buff-a-teers.

As the temperatures continue to soar, try hiking to something while hiking in nothing.

Tanque Verde Falls

A four-season destination set in southern Arizona, Tanque Verde Canyon is found just east of the Tucson area. Several trails lead natural trekkers past a series of five waterfalls – the two-stage, 100-foot main falls and several smaller falls in the area.

Try the Lower Tanque Verde Falls Trail, Upper Tanque Verde Falls Trail, and the Overlook Trail – also known as the Green Trail, the Blue Trail, and the Red Trail. Tanque Verde Canyon also offers swimming holes, cliff-jumping, geocaching, and of course, excellent nature viewing in the Sonoran Desert.

Verde Hot Springs

Set in the Coconino National Forest near Payson, the Verde Hot Springs is your reward for yet another scenic, clothing-optional Arizona hike. The trail to the 98-degree hot springs – found amongst the remains of a former resort – is roughly three miles round trip.

A multitude of pools are available for suit-optional bathing, as well as several other trails along the Verde River. Overnight accommodations include the Childs Dispersed Camping Area, or cozy hotels and bed and breakfasts in nearby Strawberry, Pine, or Camp Verde.

Sycamore Creek

Set northeast of Phoenix along State Route 87, Sycamore Creek can be a secluded spot for those looking to experience the Tonto National Forest in the buff.

Continue along the Bee Line Highway, or Highway 87, until you reach Milepost 212, where you may exit, park, and make your way to the creek. You can hike for as little or long as you’d like along Sycamore Creek as no paths are especially designated as trails.

During the spring and summer, more than a few natural pools are wide open for skinny dipping and sunbathing. Head in during the week for a secluded soak, or run into several fellow hikers and bathers during the weekend.

Saddle Mountain

Also best in the spring, fall, and winter, the Saddle Mountain Trail is located in the western Phoenix area in Tonopah – found along Interstate 10.

The three-mile, round-trip trek to the Saddle peak and back is filled with more desert landscapes, wildlife views, and plenty of sunshine. Nudist hikers in Arizona are suggested to use the southern trails for a more private adventure.

Kaiser Hot Springs

Set near Wikieup in northern Arizona, Kaiser Hot Springs Trail is best trekked from October to April for a chance to soak in these 100-degree waters.

Set along State Route 93, Kaiser Spring Canyon is located south of Interstate 40 – or Historic Route 66 – and roughly one to three hours from Kingman, Prescott, Phoenix, and Flagstaff.

The trail to the Kaiser Hot Springs is approximately 1.5 miles, making it a little more than three miles round-trip.

*While these locations tend to be nudist friendly, they are not legal nudist spots so hike at your own risk.

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